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No hurry for Steelers, Troy Polamalu to make a decision on safety's future

Does the release of Brett Keisel put Troy Polamalu on deck?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping the veteran safety retires to save them from having to release him after 12 seasons with the team.

The Steelers don't have to make a decision on Polamalu any time soon since they would not receive salary-cap relief from his $6 million base salary in 2015 until after June 1.

Perhaps that is why general manager Kevin Colbert took the unusual step Monday of issuing a statement on Polamalu.

"At this time, we do not have an update on Troy Polamalu or his contract status," Colbert said. "We will continue to continue to communicate with Troy and his representatives regarding his future."

Communicating is not the same as negotiating, which is why I don't think anything has changed as far as the Steelers intending to move on from Polamalu, as much as he has meant to the organization.

Time is not an issue for either side. Polamalu is not going to be signed in the first wave of free agency even if the Steelers release him today.

And the eight-time Pro Bowler will take his time if he wants to play next season and has to move on from the Steelers before deciding if another situation is right for him.

A couple of notes:

  • The Steelers were smart to re-sign outside linebacker Arthur Moats and tight end Matt Spaeth. Moats is versatile and willing to accept whatever role the Steelers need him to play. With some of the top-tier outside linebackers off the board already as far as free agency Moats, who only turns 27 next week, provides some insurance as well. Spaeth is invaluable as a blocker and the eighth-year veteran helped Le'Veon Bell rush for 1,361 yards in 2014.

  • The clock is ticking for the Steelers to re-sign cornerback Brice McCain. The Steelers have until 4 p.m. ET today before McCain is free to sign with any team. McCain, who intercepted a career-high three passes last season, may want to see what his value is on the open market, before seriously considering a return to the Steelers.

  • The Steelers were $12.228 million under the salary cap, according to ESPN Roster Management, prior to the signings of Moats and Spaeth and the one-year, $1.542 million contracts offered to cornerback Antwon Blake, fullback Will Johnson and safety Robert Golden. The Steelers have to account for the offers made to Blake, Johnson and Golden since those players could sign at any time. Moats signed a three-year contract worth as much as $7.5 million, according to ProFootballTalk.