"How we structure or restructure (Polamalu's contract) is something we will look at in the next few months," Rooney said Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but I certainly expect Troy will be one of the pieces to that puzzle. ... He's obviously been one of the great Steelers at all time."
Polamalu is scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2014, the final year of his contract. It's possible the Steelers could sign him to a new contract with extra years and a lesser average salary; Rooney said he wanted Polamalu to "retire a Steeler." It's always tricky to ask a legendary player like Polamalu to take a pay cut, but Rooney's words make us think there's a good chance a deal will get done.
If ownership expects someone to stay on the team, it usually happens.