The Pittsburgh Steelers have begun the process for getting under the salary cap. First the team extended tight end Heath Miller, now they have done the same with safety Troy Polamalu.
Polamalu was given a two-year extension by the Steelers which will keep him under contract though the 2016 season.
Previously Polamalu was to count $10.8 million against the salary cap as he was to earn $8.25 million this season. Both numbers shrink under terms of the new deal. His new deal is for a total of $20 million that saves the Steelers $4.5 million against the cap this season reports ESPN.
Polamalu appeared in all 16 games last season and has been a key player to the Steelers defense since he was drafted by the in 2003. In his 12-year career, Polamalu 710 tackles, 32 interceptions and 13 forced fumbles with the Steelers. He won The Associated Press’ defensive player of the year award in 2010.