Pittsburgh (KDKA)- One down, 3 more to go for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This morning, linebacker LaMarr Woodley announced that he’s signed a new 6-year, $61 million extension.
The team won’t have to use the franchise tag on Woodley as they did in 2010.
The front office won’t be able to relax because they still have 3 important members of the team to lock-up.
Set to hit free agency next season are linebacker Lawrence Timmons, safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Mike Wallace (restricted).
In 2013, running back Rashard Mendenhall will become a free agent and he won’t be cheap to re-sign.
Not having any knowledge of the negotiations, I suspect Timmons will be the easiest of the three to sign.
Wallace and Polamalu could get tricky for different reasons.
The Steelers would be paying Polamalu for what he’s already accomplished while Wallace is just entering the prime of his career.
The former 3rd round pick has become one of the most explosive wide receivers in the NFL.
Last season, Wallace led all NFL receivers in 100-yard games and also most TD’s of more than 29+ yards.
Polamalu is a different situation than Wallace.
He’s a critical member of the defense and when healthy, is one of the best defensive players in the NFL.
The question the Steelers have to ask themselves is how much are they willing to spend on an often injured Polamalu?
It’s hard to imagine Polamalu wearing any other uniform than the black and gold of the Steelers.
Give us your feedback, in order how should the Steelers prioritize Polamalu, Wallace and Timmons?