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Steelers to move slowly on Polamalu, LT deals


The Steelers apparently aren’t in a rush to sign strong safety Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons to long-term deals
Director of football operations Kevin Colbert said on TribLive Radio that the team will take a deliberate approach toward future contract negotiations after signing outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley to a six-year, $61.5 million contract.
“I don’t know what the next step is,” Colbert said, “if there is a next step.”
The Steelers have roughly a month to sign Polamalu and Timmons to long-term deals since they don’t engage in negotiations once the regular season starts.
Colbert told TribLive Radio that the Steelers knew they were going to have to shed salary since they would have been over the cap last season had there been one.
He said offensive tackles Flozell Adams and Max Starks and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El were told when they were released that the Steelers might try to bring them back at some point.
“Those were difficult cuts,” Colbert said, “but they were unavoidable.”

— Scott Brown



  1. Hal says:

    Steelers really need to find a way to make these signings happen.Lot of money hungry agents/players raise the price tag and push the Cap to the limit where it makes it very hard to sign others that need to be here. If the players thought about Team 1st & not their pocket books then the deals could be made..COME ON GUYS..BE A TEAM!!

  2. jim wood says:

    Perhaps Colbert should be concerned about his own situation? Or the person who is in charge of the ‘Who are we going to give the big money to’ Department? Not addressing the cornerback situation in free agency..better not using free agency as a personnel replenishment tool is an outrage. We can understand the inept, pathetic signings of the past can cause one to remember “once burned, twice shy” but to totally abandon the Free Agency strategy limits the organization’s ability to improve. The New England Patriots have made a living off the free agent approach. Are they so much smarter than His Highness Colbert? Perhaps Timmons should be shown the classified section of the NY Times or Washington Post and Tribune Review and see how many openings there are for Football Player and Linebackers-he’s a stiff. Poly-anna, more questions than answers? Perhaps his future is in commercials?

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