Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed Troy Polamalu on a new contract until 2016, with the veteran safety getting rewarded for an improved 2013 season.
Polamalu is an eight-time Pro Bowl player, having won the honor seven out of eight seasons before his poor 2012 season, which was partially disrupted due to injury.
The energetic and powerful safety is know for his physical play, and 2012 represented what could have been the beginning of the end for Polamalu in a Steelers jersey.
It's understood that Pittsburgh demanded an awesome season last year from the 32-year-old, and he delivered with a 11 pass defenses, five forced fumbles and two interceptions sending him to the Pro Bowl again.
As NFL insider Ian Rapoport explained on Twitter today, "The #Steelers announce they have extended S Troy Polamalu thru 2016 (along with Heath Miller). Expect $10.8M cap number to go down.
"Was told Troy Polamalu needed to have a big 2013 to return. And he did. Bounced back nicely, now gets to stay with reduced cap number."
For Steelers fans the signature of Miller for another two years is also a key move for the franchise.
The tight-end had an average season last year as he was kept under 600 yards receiving, but he is a cult figure with Steelers fans and he will continue to provide them with experience and guidance.