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Insider Only New deal for Polamalu on hold until 2012?


The Pittsburgh Steelers and Troy Polamalu, the 2010 defensive player of the year, have both expressed a strong interest in Polamalu retiring a Steeler, based on preliminary talks between the two sides.

However, a new deal is not expected to get done until next off-season. Polamalu who intends to play another 3-to-4 years, is seeking a front loaded four-to-five year deal that would make him among the games most highest paid defensive players, according to sources.
The Steelers feel cap wise, a deal will be much easier to reach next off-season, when the team can also put the franchise tag on Polamalu.
Polamalu, 30, is entering the final year of his deal and has looked like his old self in camp.

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