The Pittsburgh Steelers will not release veteran safety Troy Polamalu to get under the salary cap, reports ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Wednesday morning.
One source said the Rooney family simply is too loyal and Polamalu has been too valuable.
The Steelers are $15.5 million over the cap, according to ESPN Stats & Info, after signing outside linebacker Jason Worilds to a one-year, $9.75 million transition tender on Tuesday.
The Steelers will try to work out a restructured contract that will lower Polamalu’s $10.88 million salary-cap figure, or the Steelers could get the eight-time Pro Bowler to accept a pay cut.
Polamalu turns 33 next month. He played every snap last season and recorded 85 tackles while intercepting two passes and forcing five fumbles.
Polamalu, a 12-year veteran, has 710 career tackles, 32 interceptions and 13 forced fumbles with the Steelers.
Steelers’ president Art Rooney II said in February that he wants Polamalu to play his entire career in Pittsburgh.