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Agent: Polamalu undecided whether to play in 2015

Chaz Palla | Trib Total Media
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is weighing retirement versus returning in 2015.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is weighing retirement versus returning in 2015.

Troy Polamalu might not be with the Steelers very much longer, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with football.

Right now, he just isn’t sure.

Amid reports of the Steelers wanting the veteran All-Pro safety to retire instead of the team being forced to release him, Polamalu still could play in the upcoming season, his agent, Marvin Demoff, said.

“Troy is still determining whether he wants to retire or try and play in 2015,” Demoff told Trib Total Media. “We will make a decision fairly soon, but (it is) not imminent.”

Polamalu will turn 34 in April, and the Steelers would like to get out from under his $8.25 million cap number this year. If the Steelers release him with a post-June 1 designation, it would save the team $6 million off the salary cap.

If Polamalu decides to retire, Steelers could fight to regain a prorated portion of Polamalu’s signing bonus of $6.75 million ($4.5 million of which they could recover).

Teams cannot release a player with a post-June 1 designation until the start of the new league year, which is March 10.

Polamalu, a five-time first-team All-Pro member, eight-time Pro Bowler and AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, was the Steelers’ first-round pick in 2003.

Shamarko Thomas would be first in line to take over for Polamalu at strong safety.

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib

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