The Pittsburgh Steelers have locked up star safety Troy Polamalu to a new four year deal. The deal is through the 2014 season.
The deal is reportedly worth $36.5 million over four years and Polamalu will receive over $20 million in the first two years of the deal, after receiving a $10.5 million signing bonus.
The 30 year-old is coming off one of his best statistical seasons in his career, finishing with seven interceptions, 64 tackles and a sack in 2010. Despite taking Defensive Player of the Year honors, Polamalu was hindered by an Achilles injury near the end of the 2010 regular season and into the playoffs, where he wasn’t close to full strength in Super Bowl XLV.
Polamalu is going into this season healthy with a new deal that will make him retire a Steeler.
“I can’t see myself feeling any better than I feel right now, so I feel pretty good, ” Polamalu said on Wednesday.
Today he proclaimed his happiness about being able to retire a Steeler. “I am happy to say that I will retire a Pittsburgh Steeler!” Polamalu said on his twitter page. Polamalu signed his deal while at the Airport this afternoon, as the Steelers were getting ready to depart for Baltimore.
The Steelers this summer have now locked up Polamalu, LaMarr Woodley (6 years – $61.5MM), and Lawrence Timmons (6 years – $50MM) to extensions, while also resigning Ike Taylor (4 years – $28MM) and Willie Colon (5 years – $29MM) to big deals.