NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the organization believes the celebrated safety has played his last game for the Steelers, per a pair of team sources.
Rapoport was told that the defender is not in Pittsburgh's plans for 2015 and won't be back. The only question is how his exit will play out.
Longtime beat writer Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette told KDKA-FM this week that the team is "hoping" the safety will retire before the Steelers have to release him.
Pittsburgh faces a tough task on the public-relations front if Polamalu balks at walking into the sunset. These breakups -- especially with future Hall of Famers -- are rarely kind.