Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has re-signed with the team for three more years, the team announced on Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the signing on Twitter.
The eight-time Pro Bowler, who turns 33 next month, had been scheduled to make $8.25 million in base salary next season, and the Steelers had been sitting at $15 million over the salary cap. Polamalu started all 16 games last season for Pittsburgh, which has made it clear in the past that it wants him to retire with the franchise.
Earlier on Wednesday, there had been speculation that the team would cut the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year in an effort to get below the cap.
Polamalu recorded 69 tackles, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and 11 pass deflections last season. But there are questions about his durability going forward. Despite appearing in every game last season, the two-time Super Bowl champion has missed 22 regular season games the last five years.
The Steelers also re-signed 31-year-old tight end Heath Miller on Wednesday.
Steelers have signed safety Troy Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller, to new three-year contracts.FARRAR: 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 5, 2014