Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert released a statement regarding the pending decision forthcoming from safety Troy Polamalu:
"At this time, we do not have an update on Troy Polamalu or his contract status. We will continue to communicate with Troy and his representatives regarding his future."
An interesting statement coming at a time many believed the next announcement the Steelers would make was one confirming Polamalu's release.
If the Steelers really don't know what's going to happen with Polamalu, and the team is willing to wait for him, right up until the start of free agency (4 p.m. Tuesday), it would appear Polamalu is seriously considering retirement.
If Polamalu was to retire, the Steelers would save $3.75 million after taking on $4.5 million in dead money due to the remaining signing bonus he was given as part of a three-year extension last season.
Teams are allowed to negotiate contracts with pending free agents beginning three days before the start of free agency, but under tampering rules, they are forbidden from discussing contracts with players currently signed by other teams. If Polamalu's agent is still checking around to see what kind of market there may be for his client's services, he may find an offer enticing enough to accept a release and sign elsewhere.
Either way, it looks less likely Polamalu is a part of the Steelers' roster in 2015.