On Grantland today, Bill Barnwell lists his 2013 NFL All-Bad Contracts Team and while there are a number of players you'd expect -- Shonn Greene or Robert Meachum, anyone? -- you might be surprised that to know that a likely Hall-of-Famer that wears black and gold is on the list.
Barnwell wrote of Steelers safety Troy Polamalu:
"Safety: Troy Polamalu, Steelers
"Contract Flaw: Falling in Love With a Player They Shouldn't Have
"Polamalu was a force of nature when healthy, but since he signed this extension before 2011, he hasn't been the same guy. Teams were able to pick on him during the second half of the 2011 campaign, when he was clearly struggling with an injury and far below 100 percent. Last year, he played just seven games and 386 snaps, a mere 39 percent of Pittsburgh's defensive opportunities. The instincts will still be there in 2013, but at age 32, can Polamalu's body hold up? Pittsburgh is paying him like the answer is yes."
That is an honest assessment. Polamalu said during minicamp that he's in the best shape he's been in for quite some time. We'll see soon enough.