The agent for Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu says the eight-time Pro Bowler is unsure if he will return to play next season or retire.
ESPN reported Wednesday that the Steelers hope Polamalu retires so they don’t have to release him.
“Troy is still determining whether he wants to retire or try and play in 2015,” Polamalu's agent Marvin Demoff said to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We will make a decision fairly soon, but [it is] not imminent.”
Polamalu, 33, still has two years left on his contract and is scheduled to make $6 million in base salary next season and count $8.25 million against the salary cap.
But Pittsburgh can save $6 million off the cap by designating him a post-June 1 release. The team can’t use that designation until the start of the NFL’s league year on Tuesday.
Polamalu had 61 tackles with the no interceptions and no sacks in 12 games last season for the Steelers. He missed four games because of a knee injury.
In 12 NFL seasons, Polamalu has 32 interceptions, 12 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He is a four-time first-team AP All-Pro selection and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
- Scooby Axson