Polamalu not fazed by negotiations

Troy Polamalu's contract will also expire after this season, and like Alan Faneca he's hoping to renegotiate this summer. But, unlike Faneca, Polamalu is not worried about the money.

TROY POLAMALU, strong safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: Have you gotten close to a contract deal?

A: No.

Q: How hard are you trying?

A: I've been up every night, you know, writing it up, typing it up. No. I have no idea.

Q: I'll rephrase. How hard is your agent trying?

A: I've stayed away from it pretty much the whole time. I think the person I'd talk to about that would be Mr. Rooney because I haven't really paid any particular attention to it.

Q: Alan (Faneca) was definitive that it wasn't going to happen. Are you getting that same impression that you're going to have to play through this year and become a free agent?

A: Like I said, I don't know. I really don't know. I'm telling you the honest truth.

Q: Was your contract the reason you didn't come to the first minicamp?

A: No, it was not.

Q: Does it affect you when you see somebody like Alan, who believes this is it after so many years of being a leader on this team, that he might step down as a leader?

A: Yes, it definitely affects us. It affects this whole team. He's been a great leader on this team since he's been here, somebody that everybody has looked up to.

Q: Does it have any bearing on you and what's coming up for you in your contract situation?

A: I don't know. I really don't know.

Q: Alan said it and so did Hines (Ward), ‘We don't know what direction the team is going in with the coaching change.' Do you echo those sentiments?

A: I think everybody's unsure about the direction of this team. It's a first-year coach and we've only been through one minicamp and in our second. He's only had one draft class. He's inherited a team. He didn't build it up from 13 years of being in the league, for example. Obviously it's going to take time as a natural product of becoming a new coach.

Q: Do you feel that you can actually send a message to carry the team to that next era by your leadership?

A: I think we still have leaders on the team. On the defense, James Farrior's a great leader. Even with the loss of Joey (Porter), James has always been our leader along with Joey. And Hines has always been there on the offense. We definitely have enough chiefs on this team.

Q: Do you want to let it be known that you always want to be here and that this is your home in football?

A: Definitely. I would love to be here. This is home. I live here the year around. I don't really need to make a case for that. I think a lot of people that know me that are from here know it's home to me.

Q: Is your situation different than Alan's?

A: I'm not really sure. Different positions, obviously, on the football field. I don't know. He's been here longer, he's older, he's more accomplished. I think obviously it is, kind of.

Q: It is a team in transition and different people are looking at it in different ways. Does that trouble you at all?

A: I think it's troublesome but I think it's good. I think it's good that everything is really shaken up and everybody's got to re-work and re-establish themselves. It's a good thing, and I think it is natural that whenever a new coach comes in you have to do this. I had to deal with it in college. We were all very wary about Coach (Pete) Carroll and what was going to come about. Obviously, everything turned out pretty well for him and hopefully the same for Coach (Mike) Tomlin.

Q: Considering the way you play, going into an uncertain contract year, does that concern you, injury-wise?

A: No. I've never really, on the football field, ever thought about money. I don't sit there and see somebody sprawled out and think, ‘Should I hit him or should I not? I've got a contract coming up.' I don't think any player thinks like that.

Q: How is your health?

A: I'm recovered.

Q: What can the team accomplish in the next two days?

A: We're just taking steps. We're not going to win the Super Bowl today. We're not going to build a Super Bowl-quality team today. I think it's going to be a process. It's going to actually be carried throughout the whole season. Only time will tell how good we can be.


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\r\n\r\n\r\nTROY POLAMALU, strong safety, Pittsburgh Steelers\r\n\r\n

Q: Have you gotten close to a contract deal?\r\n\r\n

A: No.\r\n\r\n

Q: How hard are you trying?\r\n\r\n

A: I've been up every night, you know, writing it up, typing it up. No. I have no idea.\r\n\r\n

Q: I'll rephrase. How hard is your agent trying?\r\n\r\n

A: I've stayed away from it pretty much the whole time. I think the person I'd talk to about that would be Mr. Rooney because I haven't really paid any particular attention to it.\r\n\r\n

Q: Alan (Faneca) was definitive that it wasn't going to happen. Are you getting that same impression that you're going to have to play through this year and become a free agent?\r\n\r\n

A: Like I said, I don't know. I really don't know. I'm telling you the honest truth.\r\n\r\n

Q: Was your contract the reason you didn't come to the first minicamp?\r\n\r\n

A: No, it was not.\r\n\r\n

Q: Does it affect you when you see somebody like Alan, who believes this is it after so many years of being a leader on this team, that he might step down as a leader?\r\n\r\n

A: Yes, it definitely affects us. It affects this whole team. He's been a great leader on this team since he's been here, somebody that everybody has looked up to.\r\n\r\n

Q: Does it have any bearing on you and what's coming up for you in your contract situation?\r\n\r\n

A: I don't know. I really don't know.\r\n\r\n

Q: Alan said it and so did Hines (Ward), ‘We don't know what direction the team is going in with the coaching change.' Do you echo those sentiments?\r\n\r\n

A: I think everybody's unsure about the direction of this team. It's a first-year coach and we've only been through one minicamp and in our second. He's only had one draft class. He's inherited a team. He didn't build it up from 13 years of being in the league, for example. Obviously it's going to take time as a natural product of becoming a new coach.\r\n\r\n

Q: Do you feel that you can actually send a message to carry the team to that next era by your leadership?\r\n\r\n

A: I think we still have leaders on the team. On the defense, James Farrior's a great leader. Even with the loss of Joey (Porter), James has always been our leader along with Joey. And Hines has always been there on the offense. We definitely have enough chiefs on this team.\r\n\r\n

Q: Do you want to let it be known that you always want to be here and that this is your home in football?\r\n\r\n

A: Definitely. I would love to be here. This is home. I live here the year around. I don't really need to make a case for that. I think a lot of people that know me that are from here know it's home to me.\r\n\r\n

Q: Is your situation different than Alan's?\r\n\r\n

A: I'm not really sure. Different positions, obviously, on the football field. I don't know. He's been here longer, he's older, he's more accomplished. I think obviously it is, kind of.\r\n\r\n

Q: It is a team in transition and different people are looking at it in different ways. Does that trouble you at all?\r\n\r\n

A: I think it's troublesome but I think it's good. I think it's good that everything is really shaken up and everybody's got to re-work and re-establish themselves. It's a good thing, and I think it is natural that whenever a new coach comes in you have to do this. I had to deal with it in college. We were all very wary about Coach (Pete) Carroll and what was going to come about. Obviously, everything turned out pretty well for him and hopefully the same for Coach (Mike) Tomlin.\r\n\r\n

Q: Considering the way you play, going into an uncertain contract year, does that concern you, injury-wise?\r\n\r\n

A: No. I've never really, on the football field, ever thought about money. I don't sit there and see somebody sprawled out and think, ‘Should I hit him or should I not? I've got a contract coming up.' I don't think any player thinks like that.\r\n\r\n

Q: How is your health?\r\n\r\n

A: I'm recovered. \r\n\r\n

Q: What can the team accomplish in the next two days?\r\n\r\n

A: We're just taking steps. We're not going to win the Super Bowl today. We're not going to build a Super Bowl-quality team today. I think it's going to be a process. It's going to actually be carried throughout the whole season. 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