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Art Rooney II: 'I don't have an update on Troy'

3/20/2015

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to wait for Troy Polamalu to decide if he will retire or play another season.

But it is becoming increasingly clear that if Polamalu returns in 2015, it will be with another team.

Steelers president Art Rooney II said on Friday the team does not have any updates on Polamalu.

When asked if there is any chance the iconic safety returns to the Steelers next season, Rooney said, "I don't have an update on Troy."

Polamalu still has two years left on his contract and has a base salary of $6 million in 2015 with a salary cap hit of $8.25 million. The Steelers are hoping he retires so they don't have to release one of the most beloved players in franchise history.

Polamalu's agent Marvin Demoff told ESPN.com last week, that out of respect for what he has meant to the organization, the Steelers have given Polamalu time as the 12th-year veteran mulls his future.

The Steelers can afford to wait on Polamalu since they don't need to clear room under the salary cap. The Steelers have signed just one free agent -- they agreed to terms with running back DeAngelo Williams on a two-year deal last Friday -- and Rooney said he they will not do much more in free agency.

The Steelers would clear $6 million in salary-cap space if they release Polamalu after June 1 -- or release him and designate the eight-time Pro Bowler a post-June 1 release.

Polamalu, who turns 34 in April, is one of the most decorated players in franchise history and has long been one of the faces of the Steelers' defense.

The 2003 first-round draft pick is tied for seventh on the Steelers' all-time interceptions list (32) and he is widely considered a future Pro Football Hall of Famer.