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Talk heats up in Pittsburgh that Mike Wallace could leave

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Ordinarily, when a team has a good young player who becomes a restricted free agent, that team does what it needs to do and keeps that good young player in the fold. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that Steelers receiver Mike Wallace is not in an ordinary situation.

Wallace becomes a restricted free agent in three weeks, and does so in the first year of the new rules for restricted free agents: A team that wants to sign Wallace away from the Steelers would now only have to forfeit a first-round pick to Pittsburgh, whereas in the past, signing Wallace away would have cost a first-round pick and a third-round pick.

And the Steelers are in a different situation than most teams because the Steelers are in such precarious salary cap shape. Another team with a good restricted free agent like Wallace would put the franchise tag on him, but the Steelers would have to cut a bunch of other players to squeeze the $9.4 million franchise tender under their salary cap.

The Steelers are also in a tough spot because they know they’re going to face the same situation again next year when another receiver, Antonio Brown, also becomes a restricted free agent. Brown was voted the Steelers’ MVP in 2011, and the Steelers would like to keep him beyond 2012, the final year of his current contract. But if the Steelers sign Wallace to a long-term deal, will they have devoted so many resources toward one receiver that they can’t afford another lucrative contract for another receiver? And if all the Steelers do is sign Wallace to a one-year tender offer this year, then the Steelers will be faced with both Wallace and Brown becoming free agents a year from now. (Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders becomes a restricted free agent next year, too.)

Add all this up, and the Steelers may be painted into a corner where they just won’t be able to match a lucrative offer that some other team gives to Wallace. As Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted on Monday’s PFT Live and wrote about in a piece this morning, the Steelers may just have to accept the fact that Wallace isn’t a player they can afford right now. And there are worse things than getting another first-round draft pick, which is what they would get from a team that signs Wallace to a restricted free agent offer sheet that the Steelers don’t match.

The Patriots and Ravens have both been mentioned as teams that might be interested in signing Wallace. Both teams would like to add a great deep threat to their passing game and would also like to take away a great deep threat from one of their AFC rivals, and both teams pick late in the first round of this year’s draft and would view Wallace as more likely to help them get to the Super Bowl in the coming years than whoever they would draft at the end of round one.

It’s still possible that the Steelers will decide that Wallace is just too important to lose, and that they have to make painful choices elsewhere to keep him. But with three weeks to go before free agency begins, it’s beginning to look like the Steelers will lose one of the best young receivers in football.

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144 Responses to “Talk heats up in Pittsburgh that Mike Wallace could leave”
  1. packattack1967 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:49 AM

    tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

  2. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 21, 2012 9:50 AM

    Come to DC baby!! Griffin to Wallace!!! HTTR!!

  3. emmac13 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:51 AM

    Please Mike Holmgren could we please beat the Steelers at something? Get this guy or run the price up.

  4. ravensfreak00 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:53 AM

    Personally, I would love for the Ravens to get him. But, I just don’t see Ozzie Newsome giving up a first round pick and the Ravens aren’t in great shape cap-wise, either.

  5. jgo304 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM

    Where is Ring #7 at???

  6. bikeman99 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM

    Ravens and Pats won’t have cap room either. They have their own problems with signing unrestricted players.

    The owners wont go along after they just got every concession from the players, all this will do is drive up salaries even more.

  7. shotgunformation5wide says: Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM

    Not gonna happen!!! This is a No-Brainer!!!!

  8. BTC says: Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM

    Loving this.

    – Ravens fans

  9. chc36 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:58 AM

    If the Ravens were somehow able to grab him that’d at least cover up Cam’s crummy play calling: “Um, I guess Mike and Torrey run…straight? Maybe? Joe throw it to one of em?

  10. bikeman99 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:58 AM

    Please Mike Holmgren could we please beat the Steelers at something? Get this guy or run the price up.

    ____________________________________Dont see him in Cleveland

  11. stoney18 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:59 AM

    Come on, PATS!! Imagine the opposition having to cover Wallace, Welker, Gronk & Hernandez. WOW!!!

  12. cappa662 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:00 AM

    Come to the Bears!!!!!!!!!!

  13. jessethegreat says: Feb 21, 2012 10:01 AM

    Why don’t the Giants offer him a contract, trade the 32nd pick for him, then trade him to, say, the ravens? The Ravens and Giants would both benefit in this scenario.

  14. zeedoubleyou says: Feb 21, 2012 10:03 AM

    I think the smart move is to let him leave and get the 1st round pick. Lock up Antonio Brown next year for less money who, you know, runs the entire route tree.

    Why pay top 5-10 WR money to a guy who basically runs only a fly, hitch, or screen?

  15. zjfr2 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:05 AM

    to the guy who said come to DC, RGIII to Wallace….

    How exactly would that happen? Trade up to get RGIII and send a first rounder to Pitt for Wallace.

    I was unaware the Skins had 3 first round picks this year….

  16. mikemart77 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:06 AM

    He only really makes sense for the Pats or 49ers.

    Remember a team signing him does have to give up their 1st round pick. That removes teams like the Browns and Vikes from the equation – unless they want to give up top-10 picks.

    Chicago is possible, but again, that’s a relatively high pick.

    Cincy is possible, but Wallace is a lesser version of Green and wouldn’t work well in the slot. He’s not a great inside receiver – he doesn’t fight for balls in traffic.

    That leaves NE and SF as the only realistic contenders in my opinion. I’d expect him to wind up with one of them.

  17. lks311 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:06 AM

    Just looking at this as a football fan, I think the bigger story here is that the Steelers have consistently drafted very well at the WR position (which includes letting Santonio Holmes go for a song).

    Whatever they choose to do with Wallace, recent history indicates they will replace him in the draft.

  18. mikemart77 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:07 AM

    Oh I forgot about Balt. They have their own contract issues at the moment. Unless they plan to part ways with Rice next year (after franchising him this year), I don’t see Wallace as a realistic option.

  19. vintwok says: Feb 21, 2012 10:07 AM

    “Loving this.

    – Ravens fans”

    Not as much as the Steelers fans loving the fact that Unibrow wants top 5 money. Go ahead and sign Wallace, he’ll just end up like the rest of the WRs that the rat birds have signed in FA, watching unibrow throw a 1 yard dump off to Ray Rice all year long.

  20. ziggy26 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:09 AM

    I highly doubt that the Ravens would consider Mike Wallace.

    Number 1 – They have to resign Ray Rice and Joe Flacco.

    Number 2 – Torrey Smith

    Number 3 – Giving a first round pick to their biggest rival.

  21. bray72 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:09 AM

    Finally a reasonable football subject rather than the Roth, Haley, Tomlin, Rooney debate that is between people and personalities and management considerations which no responder has ANY idea about or facts to back his opinion.

    So, re: Mike Wallace, it’s a real dilemma for the Steelers. But if they really believe he is a long term superstar, they will find a way to keep him. They have been vey successful in the past at keeping their stars with just a few exceptions.

    That being said, this year may be an exception since their cap position is so tight. I do think however there are many ways to bing down their cap deficit and that they will find a way.

    I would add to the jealous non Pgh. posters that the “death” of the Steeler’s success is not in the forseeable future. Sorry!

  22. theroc5156 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:10 AM

    They will keep him. No way they would be willing to lose young talent like that. As a Bengal fan, I would be thrilled but I am not holding my breath.

  23. tedmurph says: Feb 21, 2012 10:10 AM

    @bikeman99:
    Pats are 20-25mil under the cap and the only big money free agent they have is Welker. Welker will be franchised for 9.6mil or resigned. Pats could easily do it, but they won’t. Not their way to allocate 20mil and a first rnd pick(they have 2) to 2 WRs. I think someone will though. After Blackmon, there’s not much in the draft @WR. Some team will give up a 1rst and pay him. A lot of teams with plenty of $ out there.

  24. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:10 AM

    Give a 1st rounder? Why that’s a 27 yr old guard or a midget DE! Forget this!

    Signed,
    The Philadelphia Eagles

  25. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 21, 2012 10:11 AM

    Someone fell asleep at the wheel. How does this kind of cap mismanagement happen… maybe it’s time to cut some of those geezers on defense. I’m looking at you, Jimmy.

  26. riverhorsey says: Feb 21, 2012 10:11 AM

    With some teams the money is a second consideration for the player. Pittsburgh is one of those teams w great tradition and they have top flight QB.

    Wallace leaves and he may never have the chances he has now to play in and win championships. Those players are the first in line at the HOF.

  27. ottograham says: Feb 21, 2012 10:11 AM

    Unfortunately I beleive this is more realistic than most yinzers will allow themselves to believe. And if we do tag him we are doomed to lose him and/or Brown next off season.

    #nervousSteelerfan

  28. scottbmti says: Feb 21, 2012 10:12 AM

    Actually, the Pats do have cap room. In fact, reports are the Pats are a little over $20 million UNDER the cap.

    The Pats are in pretty good shape….coming off 13-3, a trip to the SB, $20 M under the cap and a shot to go help themselves now with guys like Wallace or Lloyd and Goldson or Griffin while continuing to develop some of their talented young players.

    I could even envision a scenario in which they let Welker go, move Edelman into his spot (he’s no Welker to be sure, but if you put a big fast receiver like Wallace on the outside with Gronk and Welker he’s sure to be even better than he really is) grab Wallace and Goldson and still be $6-8 mil under the cap.

    Pats could be VERY scary next year if they play it right in the off-season.

  29. jahbird says: Feb 21, 2012 10:13 AM

    @thatdudewiththemarauder

    You do realize that the Skins would have to give up the pick they’d use to draft RGIII to sign Wallace away from the Steelers right? It’s an impossibility without a trade where the Skins somehow move up to get RG3 AND acquire another 1st round pick.

    Here’s an idea that’s just as plausible. I think the Redskins should trade up to 2, Draft RG3, sign Peyton as a FA, and then sew Peyton’s head on RG3’s body.

    C’mon man, you’re giving us Skins fans a bad name.

  30. mialto says: Feb 21, 2012 10:13 AM

    Hopefully Da Bears are reading this…Make the offer!

  31. 95glloyd says: Feb 21, 2012 10:17 AM

    Losing Wallace wouldn’t be the end of the world. He had huge drops in the second half of last season and the playoffs and he couldn’t make a catch in the Steelers failed final drive in the SuperBowl loss to the Packers.

  32. biglebronski says: Feb 21, 2012 10:19 AM

    @emmac13

    You think using the 4th overall pick in the draft to get Mike Wallace would be considered “beating” the Steelers at something?

  33. 1buckeye76 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:20 AM

    the steelers are wobbling like a 4′ tall Jenga tower. they’re due to have to regroup a bit.

  34. jjpt4540 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:21 AM

    The Pats have 26 mil in cap not an issue

  35. buchopeful says: Feb 21, 2012 10:21 AM

    Tampa can afford him, but will they give up the 5th pick? doubt it..

  36. denverwally says: Feb 21, 2012 10:22 AM

    bikeman99 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM
    Ravens and Pats won’t have cap room either. They have their own problems with signing unrestricted players.

    ==========================
    Actually bikeman99 the Pats are under the cap by almost 14 million AND have two picks at the end of the first round (27 and 31). Tailor-made situation. They get a premier deep threat and the Steelers get the 31st pick in the draft.

    There really is such a thing as cap-jail, and the Steelers are in it.

  37. latrobe21 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:27 AM

    I love Hines, but this is another example of why his career is over as a Steeler. Letting him go frees up $4 million in cap space if I remember, correctly.

  38. chatham10 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:30 AM

    What team would give up a 1st round pick for a wide receiver? I know he is good but is he that good?

  39. weekendwarriordg says: Feb 21, 2012 10:31 AM

    The reason why the Steelers are in this situation is because THEY ACTUAL KNOW HOW TO FIND TALENT IN THE DRAFT.
    When you hit on as many pro bowl players in the draft as they do, it’s tough to sign them all.
    Steelers fans, don’t worry too much. Money will be coming off the books shortly. There are a lot of “dates” that need to pass before guys get cut to save even MORE $$$.

    Other teams look great in the OFF season when they have tons of cap space but they’re cases are still missing trophies.

    PS “Ravens Fans” even when you win the division, you’ll always be number 2.

  40. originalsteelcurtain says: Feb 21, 2012 10:31 AM

    Mike could leave? Yeah

    Will he? Doubtful

    Mike is the #1 speed receiver in the NFL, and has the added value of opening up the field for the rest of the O…better than everyone not named Calvin, Andre, or Fitzgerald.

    Mike has improved to become a more complete WR each of his 3 years…his WR skills are still ascending. He has similar 3 yr stats to Hakeem Nicks, 24 TD’s each – but more yds and a higher YPC than Nicks.

    Steelers have a few declining vets who could be cut. Steelers always keep their ascending stars. Unless some team gives Wallacethe all-time #1 WR contract, the Steelers will pay-up to keep him.

  41. 6ball says: Feb 21, 2012 10:31 AM

    .

    @bikeman99

    “the Patriots don’t have the cap space ”

    I think the Pats could easily create the cap space by moves such as cutting Ochocinco and others who are not in next year’s plans.

    They also have picks 27 & 31 in the first round, plus 17 & 31 in round two.

    Armed with those facts, if you were Belichick would you make a serious offer to sign a proven deep threat ?
    I would.

    .

  42. benwantsababyruth says: Feb 21, 2012 10:33 AM

    Ravens aren’t gonna give up a first round pick for an receiver that runs only streak routes and bubble screens. Already have one of those in torrey smith who has the potential to be a better all around receiver.

  43. samoanjungle says: Feb 21, 2012 10:34 AM

    They either have to let him go or let a few other guys go unless they are really good at restructuring contracts.

  44. drabelincoln says: Feb 21, 2012 10:35 AM

    Wallace is a one trick pony. Anyone saying that he made great strides to do other things…pfft..

    I say sign him to a one year tender…let some other team give the Steelers

  45. flaccodelic says: Feb 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    For all the heat that Flacco has taken for all he’s gotten done despite four years of inconsistent receivers, I’d love to see how Rothlisberger would have been viewed without the receivers he’s had over the years. Because as we all know, only the Ravens have had a dominant defense to help carry the team, not the Steelers.

    If Haley tries to re-tool Rothlisberger’s game away from the scramble around and chuck it deep bread and butter, he might also start looking a little less than elite.

  46. jbcommonsense says: Feb 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    Getting Wallace would be a great move for Baltimore or New England, but a lousy one for my Redskins. Go after Vincent Jackson! HTTR!

  47. ningenito78 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    Redskins fan and Browns fan- you realize to get Wallace you have to give up your 1st round pick to get Wallace meaning you can’t have RG3 or any other young QB to throw him the ball if you do right?

  48. qj1984 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:41 AM

    The Ravens will not do this. Ozzie Newsome pretty much said he values draft picks to much. Not to mention they don’t have the cap space either. Ray Rice and Joe Flacco are getting new deals. And they have other starters going into free agency that they need to sign, L. Webb (RFA), C. Redding, B. Grubbs, JJ, etc….. So saying the Ravens will do this is a stretch.

    The Pats, however, are in a good position to do it. They not only pick late in the 1st but they have two 1st round picks.

    The other team that this would make sense for is the Bengals. They have two first round picks (neither is in the first half of the draft) and over 40 million in free cap space, so they have the money, unlike the Ravens and Pats. Jerome Simpson is a UFA and he’s facing some legal trouble. So, they have a need for a #2 receiver. This makes so much sense for the Bengals that of course they won’t do it.

  49. stillers6 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:43 AM

    I love the fact that this post is written from the viewpoint that letting a young talented player walk away is a common practice in the Burgh, when in reality that rarely ever has happened. The 2nd thing is, the post treats Brown & Sanders as a problem, but actually having those 2 gives them tons of options because they can step up if they choose to let Wallace walk. 3rd, its worth mentioning that the Steelers getting a #1 draft pick (even if it is low) is more valuable to them. The simple fact is no team draft #1 picks better than the Steelers, even if they have a low pick. To me, the Steelers are in good shape either way here. They sign Wallace fine, they don’t & Colbert will pick a gem anyways. Kevin Colbert is the man, rest easy Steeler fans.

  50. Patriot42 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:44 AM

    Fans need to stand by for a lot of their “good” players to move on. This is a business and players are out for themselves. If you think just because they play for your favorite teams means a great deal you will be in for a shock.

  51. careerender56 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:46 AM

    I actually believe he has a good chance of remaining a steeler this year. in the latter portion of the first round there should still be some good option at WR available, either Kendal Wright, Sanu, or Alshon (sp?) Jeffery. All of them would be cheaper than Wallace. also recent first round WRs have done pretty well in hte pros (Nicks, Maclin, Green, Jones, est..)

  52. blogatron2000 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:48 AM

    Cap space, you say? Got plenty of that here in KC. DBowe and Mike Wallace…I like it!

  53. ken0west says: Feb 21, 2012 10:50 AM

    This story is a ton of BS. No way Wallace wont be in Pitt next year, 0% chance and only a fool would suggest otherwise. This article was posted to generate traffic and posts, and it did just that.

  54. irishjugalo says: Feb 21, 2012 10:51 AM

    I foresee Manning or Flynn throwing to Marshall and Wallace (and maybe Wayne) in South Beach. The Fins might sit their defense half the time.

  55. havok82 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:52 AM

    It makes the most sense for the Pats. As others have stated, they are about 26.6 million under the cap. They could use a proven speed guy like Wallace to complement their passing attack. They have 2 first rounders and 2 second rounders. The toughest part is paying him and Welker both, but they are usually smart in that front office. At the end of the day, it probably won’t happen, but it is nice to dream.

  56. mikemart77 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:54 AM

    Just looking at this as a football fan, I think the bigger story here is that the Steelers have consistently drafted very well at the WR position (which includes letting Santonio Holmes go for a song).

    Whatever they choose to do with Wallace, recent history indicates they will replace him in the draft.

    **********

    Limas Sweed says hi.

    Sweed excepted though, they have done very well with their WRs.

  57. jayh1492 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    Ravens sign Mike Wallace and the Steelers come back and sign Ray Rice. BANG!

  58. expatpatfan says: Feb 21, 2012 10:57 AM

    As much as I would love to see Wallace come to the Pats, there’s no way the Steelers lose him. Wallace is amazingly talented and underrated. His yards per target, catch rate, and deep % are way ahead of the rest of the league.

  59. cmich2006 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:04 AM

    This change really benefits the better teams…the Patriots giving up a 1st rounder(31st pick) is a lot different than a team like the Browns.

  60. phuey123 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:04 AM

    Yeah ok. Never will happen.

  61. premiumpit says: Feb 21, 2012 11:07 AM

    That would suck if we lost him…

  62. wicky888 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    To everyone ripping the Browns:

    They have Atlantas 1st rd pick too (mid 20’s) which would at least make some sense as opposed to 4th overall. I’m not a Browns fan by any stretch, in fact I would hate to see Wallace go there just to have his career die just like everyone else who goes to Cleveland. Meanwhile the Steelers would take that first round pick and turn him into a stud.

  63. httr73 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:14 AM

    How does this work? Does the acquiring team give up this year’s first round pick or next years first round pick? What if nothing happens until after the draft? Any insight is appreciated.

  64. mitchitized says: Feb 21, 2012 11:18 AM

    Adding to @stillers6:

    Having two late 1st round picks would also allow the front office to move up to grab that monster impact player, which they have a history of really nailing (see “Polamolu, Troy” for reference).

    Not saying I’d be happy to see Mike go, but losing him and getting a 1st round pick wouldn’t be the end of the world for the team, either.

  65. nineroutsider says: Feb 21, 2012 11:20 AM

    I’d wait for Antonio Brown, Wallace is awesome but Brown has a rare skill set.

  66. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:20 AM

    Ed Bouchette has done a lot of fear mongering over the last few weeks about the turmoil that the Steelers are in.

    I’m not too concerned with a team parting with a first round pick to sign Wallace away from us, partly because to truly make it a deal the Steelers couldn’t match they would have to front load the contract pretty hard – I don’t see a team parting with a first round pick AND giving him $25MM+ early in the contract life to get him.

    My guess is the Steelers give him the 1 year tender and get him back. Then this season becomes an audition for Brown and Wally to see who the #1 receiver of the future is. Depending on how things turn out we might lose one next year, but its likely that the Steelers will have a much better cap situation next year as its even MORE likely that we will have parted with Kiesel, Hampton, Farrior, Foote, Smith, and Ward…

  67. cannonballdookie says: Feb 21, 2012 11:22 AM

    They need to do what it takes to keep him around. I know fans of all the other teams must be jumping for joy but this is a pretty crappy situation for Steelers fans. They need to start with the cuts very soon, no point in keeping guys like Hampton, Smith, Farrior, Foote, Kemo, Mendenhall, and Ward instead of Wallace.

    Also, even though it would make sense for a team to sign Wallace and forfeit a draft pick, it was very rarely done in the past. Draft picks are more valuable than gold to NFL teams, so it’s not a slam dunk that someone would want to give one up and sign him to an enormous contract.

  68. bigzant82 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:26 AM

    Cleveland please give the #22 pick to the steelers ans steal this guy away from them we need a deep threat

  69. nickster2k says: Feb 21, 2012 11:27 AM

    I don’t see the Steelers losing Wallace especially when they just said it’s a priority to keep him. They still have a lot of high priced veterans that they will be cutting to make salary cap room. They already cleared about $10M without making any cuts.

    this is much ado about nothing

  70. rentdue says: Feb 21, 2012 11:28 AM

    Pats all day baby !

  71. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 21, 2012 11:29 AM

    ningenito78 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:37 AM
    Redskins fan and Browns fan- you realize to get Wallace you have to give up your 1st round pick to get Wallace meaning you can’t have RG3 or any other young QB to throw him the ball if you do right?

    ————————————————
    You, do realize the Browns have 2 first round picks this year right?? It doesnt mean they would have to give up the #4 pick, I’d give a #22 for Wallace. Holmgren will work some magic this year either way to bolster the Browns offense. The shift of power in the AFC North begins this year!

  72. td40 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:31 AM

    ningenito78 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    Redskins fan and Browns fan- you realize to get Wallace you have to give up your 1st round pick to get Wallace meaning you can’t have RG3 or any other young QB to throw him the ball if you do right?
    ————————————————-

    Um, No. The Browns have FOUR first round picks and would only have to give up one of them to play the Mike Wallace sweepstakes, right? My math shows that they would still have 3 first round picks left over.

    Good lord- do a little research before you post.

  73. Ricardo Grande says: Feb 21, 2012 11:32 AM

    I’d love to see the Browns rip the heart out of the Steelers by giving up their #22 pick for him…and draft RGIII at #4. Instant offense.

    How’s that work for ya Pittsburghers??? LOL…

  74. tomthebombtracy says: Feb 21, 2012 11:32 AM

    Nate Washington. Randel El. Plax. Holmes…..Steelers let them all walk after first contracts.

    And Colbert said wide receiver is the most talented position in this year’s draft.

    I can see it happening although I don’t think it will.

  75. snikerbotloot says: Feb 21, 2012 11:33 AM

    This is a BAD idea. Wallace is a 25 year-old with blazing speed and great hands. He’s also still developing.

    As a rookie he was solid. In his 2nd year he was top 5 WR in terms of FF points. I think the emergence of Antonio Brown is aiding this but I still think its a horrible idea to break up their WR corps. Arguably the best in the league.

    Easily worth a 1st rounder considering he’s proven, is elite and still relatively young.

  76. hound32 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:35 AM

    my beloved Browns have TWO First round picks ..4 & 22 .

    i would gladly give up the 22nd pick for Wallace . the downside to that is it gives the Stoolers another first round pick to get some help for there aging defense . i would take that chance if i was the GM . if nothing else make them sweat in Pittsburgh and the drive his price up .

    Gooo Browns !!!

  77. deadeye says: Feb 21, 2012 11:38 AM

    New England will land Wallace. There won’t be a better WR available at #31, and a speedy deep threat is one of the things NE needs for their already powerful offense.

  78. raven410 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:40 AM

    Talk heats up in Pittsburgh that Mike Wallace could leave
    Posted by Michael David Smith on February 21, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    APOrdinarily, when a team has a good young player who becomes a restricted free agent, that team does what it needs to do and keeps that good young player in the fold. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that Steelers receiver Mike Wallace is not in an ordinary situation.

    Wallace becomes a restricted free agent in three weeks, and does so in the first year of the new rules for restricted free agents: A team that wants to sign Wallace away from the Steelers would now only have to forfeit a first-round pick to Pittsburgh, whereas in the past, signing Wallace away would have cost a first-round pick and a third-round pick.

    And the Steelers are in a different situation than most teams because the Steelers are in such precarious salary cap shape. Another team with a good restricted free agent like Wallace would put the franchise tag on him, but the Steelers would have to cut a bunch of other players to squeeze the $9.4 million franchise tender under their salary cap.

    The Steelers are also in a tough spot because they know they’re going to face the same situation again next year when another receiver, Antonio Brown, also becomes a restricted free agent. Brown was voted the Steelers’ MVP in 2011, and the Steelers would like to keep him beyond 2012, the final year of his current contract. But if the Steelers sign Wallace to a long-term deal, will they have devoted so many resources toward one receiver that they can’t afford another lucrative contract for another receiver? And if all the Steelers do is sign Wallace to a one-year tender offer this year, then the Steelers will be faced with both Wallace and Brown becoming free agents a year from now. (Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders becomes a restricted free agent next year, too.)

    Add all this up, and the Steelers may be painted into a corner where they just won’t be able to match a lucrative offer that some other team gives to Wallace. As Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted on Monday’s PFT Live and wrote about in a piece this morning, the Steelers may just have to accept the fact that Wallace isn’t a player they can afford right now. And there are worse things than getting another first-round draft pick, which is what they would get from a team that signs Wallace to a restricted free agent offer sheet that the Steelers don’t match.

    The Patriots and Ravens have both been mentioned as teams that might be interested in signing Wallace. Both teams would like to add a great deep threat to their passing game and would also like to take away a great deep threat from one of their AFC rivals, and both teams pick late in the first round of this year’s draft and would view Wallace as more likely to help them get to the Super Bowl in the coming years than whoever they would draft at the end of round one.

    It’s still possible that the Steelers will decide that Wallace is just too important to lose, and that they have to make painful choices elsewhere to keep him. But with three weeks to go before free agency begins, it’s beginning to look like the Steelers will lose one of the best young receivers in football.

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    packattack1967 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:49 AM
    tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

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    thatdudewiththemarauder says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:50 AM
    Come to DC baby!! Griffin to Wallace!!! HTTR!!

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    emmac13 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:51 AM
    Please Mike Holmgren could we please beat the Steelers at something? Get this guy or run the price up.

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    ravensfreak00 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:53 AM
    Personally, I would love for the Ravens to get him. But, I just don’t see Ozzie Newsome giving up a first round pick and the Ravens aren’t in great shape cap-wise, either.

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    jgo304 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM
    Where is Ring #7 at???

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    bikeman99 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM
    Ravens and Pats won’t have cap room either. They have their own problems with signing unrestricted players.

    The owners wont go along after they just got every concession from the players, all this will do is drive up salaries even more.

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    shotgunformation5wide says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM
    Not gonna happen!!! This is a No-Brainer!!!!

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    BTC says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM
    Loving this.

    – Ravens fans

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    chc36 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:58 AM
    If the Ravens were somehow able to grab him that’d at least cover up Cam’s crummy play calling: “Um, I guess Mike and Torrey run…straight? Maybe? Joe throw it to one of em?

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    bikeman99 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:58 AM
    Please Mike Holmgren could we please beat the Steelers at something? Get this guy or run the price up.

    ____________________________________Dont see him in Cleveland

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    stoney18 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:59 AM
    Come on, PATS!! Imagine the opposition having to cover Wallace, Welker, Gronk & Hernandez. WOW!!!

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    cappa662 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:00 AM
    Come to the Bears!!!!!!!!!!

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    jessethegreat says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:01 AM
    Why don’t the Giants offer him a contract, trade the 32nd pick for him, then trade him to, say, the ravens? The Ravens and Giants would both benefit in this scenario.

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    zeedoubleyou says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:03 AM
    I think the smart move is to let him leave and get the 1st round pick. Lock up Antonio Brown next year for less money who, you know, runs the entire route tree.

    Why pay top 5-10 WR money to a guy who basically runs only a fly, hitch, or screen?

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    zjfr2 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:05 AM
    to the guy who said come to DC, RGIII to Wallace….

    How exactly would that happen? Trade up to get RGIII and send a first rounder to Pitt for Wallace.

    I was unaware the Skins had 3 first round picks this year….

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    mikemart77 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:06 AM
    He only really makes sense for the Pats or 49ers.

    Remember a team signing him does have to give up their 1st round pick. That removes teams like the Browns and Vikes from the equation – unless they want to give up top-10 picks.

    Chicago is possible, but again, that’s a relatively high pick.

    Cincy is possible, but Wallace is a lesser version of Green and wouldn’t work well in the slot. He’s not a great inside receiver – he doesn’t fight for balls in traffic.

    That leaves NE and SF as the only realistic contenders in my opinion. I’d expect him to wind up with one of them.

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    lks311 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:06 AM
    Just looking at this as a football fan, I think the bigger story here is that the Steelers have consistently drafted very well at the WR position (which includes letting Santonio Holmes go for a song).

    Whatever they choose to do with Wallace, recent history indicates they will replace him in the draft.

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    mikemart77 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:07 AM
    Oh I forgot about Balt. They have their own contract issues at the moment. Unless they plan to part ways with Rice next year (after franchising him this year), I don’t see Wallace as a realistic option.

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    vintwok says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:07 AM
    “Loving this.

    – Ravens fans”

    Not as much as the Steelers fans loving the fact that Unibrow wants top 5 money. Go ahead and sign Wallace, he’ll just end up like the rest of the WRs that the rat birds have signed in FA, watching unibrow throw a 1 yard dump off to Ray Rice all year long.

    As a Ravens fan…That was hilarious!!….you guys still got swept thoooooooough!!

  79. rushmatic says: Feb 21, 2012 11:40 AM

    bikeman99 says:
    Ravens and Pats won’t have cap room either. They have their own problems with signing unrestricted players.

    The owners wont go along after they just got every concession from the players, all this will do is drive up salaries even more.

    ______________________

    The Patriots are in EXCELLENT an cap position for next year. Top 10 in the league, in terms of money available to be used in free agency.

    Not sure where you’re getting your numbers.

  80. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 21, 2012 11:41 AM

    jayh1492 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:55 AM
    Ravens sign Mike Wallace and the Steelers come back and sign Ray Rice. BANG!
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    Then again Browns sign both Wallace and Rice. BANG BANG BOOM!

  81. joshhatesthesteelers says: Feb 21, 2012 11:43 AM

    Dalton- Green – Wallace – Gresham…I like it

  82. runrickyrun34 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:45 AM

    This is basically what it comes down to (or so it seems):

    Tag Wallace and you have to cut more players elsewhere (which already has to be done anyway). You then have to worry about signing one of the 3 receivers next year if you don’t work out an extension, which seems highly unlikely. Furthermore, all of those old vets you have to cut, when you cut them it means you have to backfill their spots. You either go with draftees or backups…all of which still cost money, lack experience, or both.

    If you don’t sign him you may not have to cut so many players and you have 2 other WR’s who are pretty good themselves and might realistically be able to do what Wallace already does. They don’t have to be Wallace individually but together their skill sets surpass 1 high priced WR.

    Obviously I, as well as many others, are not cap guru’s. The team really needs to analyze risk vs reward and what’s the right decision now and for the long run. You can only do cap management for so long before you have to purge the team.

  83. ebeg420 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:47 AM

    Word is, Mike Wallace wants to go to Philly……
    If they kept Jackson and brought Wallace in, LOOK OUT!!!

  84. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Feb 21, 2012 11:51 AM

    Are you kidding? Of course the Patriots should go after this guy. He has shown he has the speed and the skills. They have two very late first round picks. I would easily burn one on this guy. A proven player in a postion the Patriots simply suck at drafting. It’s a gimmie!

  85. sschmiggles says: Feb 21, 2012 11:52 AM

    If I’m NE, I seriously consider this. That 31st pick isn’t worth much more than a 2nd, and getting Wallace for it is really good value.

    @expatfan, How much control they really have? I’m sure they don’t want to lose him, but money is money. If they don’t have the cap space, he won’t be on the team.

  86. teddyk34 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:52 AM

    Not a 49ers fan but if I was them I’d give up my late first rounder in a heartbeat for Wallace. He’d give that offense exactly what it needs.

  87. haileli says: Feb 21, 2012 11:53 AM

    This all depends on what kind of long-term deal Wallace is looking for. Many Steelers players take a below-market deal (see Keisel, Colon, Clark, Harrison, etc…). If Wallace is seeking top 10 #1 receiver money, goodbye. Brown is the more valuable receiver right now. If he’s willing to negotiate something a little more reasonable, I can see him returning. I can’t say that I’d weep if we lost him for a 1st. There’s some O-line talent available in the mid- t0 late first round, and quite honestly I’d rather solve one of the guard positions long-term than sign a one-trick pony when a better option is on the roster.

  88. farvite says: Feb 21, 2012 11:56 AM

    Wallace to Baltimore?…. Grins @ the hilarity that would ensue from low-life Steeler fans.

  89. pedrovillegas21 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:01 PM

    he will be in New England, BOOK IT! they may even let Welker go because they have the 2 TE’s, Wallace Stretches the field and they wreck Havoc underneath Wallace is younger Welker is a goner if this happenes

  90. tluke25 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:04 PM

    Kevin Colbert, who at one timed seemed to be a terrific GM, is now running the team to the ground. Guys like Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton and even James Harrison should have been let go before last season began. There is no excuse for why Wallace should not have been signed before the season began. Furthermore, it seems he has no plan to sign Antonio Brown before this season. I hate to say it, but these are huge blunders and sloppy GM’ing. Every team needs WR’s and you’re looking at maybe two of the league’s top 5. There will be plenty of teams prepared to lay down there 1st rounder for these proven 3rd year players.

  91. vegaskid21 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:14 PM

    I really hope the Broncos are reading this… Timbow could use some help.

  92. emmac13 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:14 PM

    Not the 4th but maybe 22nd

  93. rockthered1286 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:15 PM

    I love the drastic differences in opinion from Squealer fans. So which is it? Is Wallace a one trick pony and you’re okay with parting ways or is he the top wr in the game and they won’t let him go?the fact that it’s not a consensus saying he’s a top guy and needs to stay speaks volumes about his ability. and about Pitt fans.

    Go ahead and keep him Squealers. Sign him to big money when other teams come to the door with a big offer that Pitt has to top. Only focus on Wallace’s contract and let the rest of the team remain the same. The team dead last in forced TO’s last year. The team that BARELY squeezed by Cleveland twice as well as Indy. The team with a new OC, missing their starting RB to start the year, as well as a player or 2 on the D and O line. That’s a fatal mistake for any team.

  94. snowdog69 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:46 PM

    It would be sad to see him go. Streaks and bubble screens are very useful patterns for wide receivers. I did notice that he didn’t always catch the intermediate throws on a consistent basis. He’s got to improve in this area. Receivers of Wallace’s ability don’t come along everyday. But I have faith in the Steelers organization that they will get the job done. And some year, they might actually address the woeful OL!!!

  95. snowdog69 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:48 PM

    The below average OL is keeping the Steelers from going to/winning more Superbowls.

  96. johnnyquisp says: Feb 21, 2012 12:49 PM

    As much as i would hate to see it happen, if it does it might explain the move to a more run-oriented OC in Todd Haley. And perhaps it makes a less-expensive move for someone like Brandon Lloyd possible.

  97. Mike Tomlin says: Feb 21, 2012 12:51 PM

    bensstinkyfingers says:
    Feb 21, 2012 11:29 AM
    ningenito78 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:37 AM
    Redskins fan and Browns fan- you realize to get Wallace you have to give up your 1st round pick to get Wallace meaning you can’t have RG3 or any other young QB to throw him the ball if you do right?

    ————————————————
    You, do realize the Browns have 2 first round picks this year right?? It doesnt mean they would have to give up the #4 pick, I’d give a #22 for Wallace. Holmgren will work some magic this year either way to bolster the Browns offense. The shift of power in the AFC North begins this year!

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    Some people never cease to amaze me. The Browns dont get to choose which first round pick they give up for Wallace. They give up THEIR first round pick, in this case the 4th overall. You think the Browns of anyone in this deal get to decide that they want to give up the 22nd pick instead of the 4th? Are some of these comments serious?

    The Steelers are simply waiting for the exact cap number to be released. As soon as it is, later this week or next, they will be cutting at least 5 players. I’m in the mindset that they tag him with a 1st rounder and let him walk if hes picked up. If not they have him this season then decide between him and Brown after the season is over.

  98. Mike Tomlin says: Feb 21, 2012 12:55 PM

    Ricardo Grande says:
    Feb 21, 2012 11:32 AM
    I’d love to see the Browns rip the heart out of the Steelers by giving up their #22 pick for him…and draft RGIII at #4. Instant offense.

    How’s that work for ya Pittsburghers??? LOL…

    ———————-

    Again, the Browns DONT GET TO CHOOSE WHICH PICK THEY WOULD HAND OVER. Its the number 4 pick because its theirs not another teams via trade so stop with the dream scenarios that are literally impossible.

  99. rammerray says: Feb 21, 2012 1:02 PM

    RAMS fan here. Would love to have him here, but not for a 1st rounder. 2nd rounder maybe, not a 1st. Get him and draft Justin Blackmon as my 1st rounder, Sweet!

  100. coseybedaman says: Feb 21, 2012 1:10 PM

    The real question here is WHO ON EARTH IS GONNA GIVE UP A 1st ROUND PICK FOR WALLACE. He is a real good player, but with big time receivers coming out of the draft every year I really dont see many teams giving up their first round pick. The Browns or Pats are the only 2 teams I see as a possibility due to their extra 1st round draft picks from trades. Maybe even the Bengals since Jerome Simpson appears to be headed to jail. That would give the young Dalton some amazing weaponry.

  101. originalsteelcurtain says: Feb 21, 2012 1:11 PM

    peopel, including many Steeerl fans are was udeestimating Mike Wallace.

    He’s and ascending talent, the best deep threat in the NFL, good soldier, good work ethic.

    Which current WR has the most yds, TD’s and YPC in the NFL their 1st 3 years in the league?

    Roddy, VJax, Brandon Marshall, DJax, Megatron, Andre? Nope

    Getting closer if you guessed Fitz or Nicks…it’s Mike Wallace @ 3,206 yds, a whopping 18.4 YPC and 24 TD’s. Voted a starter in the Pro Bowl…with many more to come.

    Steelers will tender the RFA, and wait to see what needs to be matched to keep him.

  102. ajsjr40 says: Feb 21, 2012 1:14 PM

    BB has a lot of respect for Wallaces speed and game changing ability. When the Pats played Pitt this past year BB played his safeties very deep and Heath Miller caught a boatload of passes in the soft underbelly of the Pats D.

  103. toegoat says: Feb 21, 2012 1:17 PM

    td40 February 21, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

    ningenito78 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    Redskins fan and Browns fan- you realize to get Wallace you have to give up your 1st round pick to get Wallace meaning you can’t have RG3 or any other young QB to throw him the ball if you do right? ————————————————-

    Um, No. The Browns have FOUR first round picks and would only have to give up one of them to play the Mike Wallace sweepstakes, right? My math shows that they would still have 3 first round picks left over.

    Good lord- do a little research before you post.
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    U should take ur own advice and do some research before YOU post. How do the browns have 4 first rd picks?????
    Also a team would give up their own pick (i.e. cleveland-4th) not another team’s pick they have obtained thru other trades or what not.

  104. st1llerz1 says: Feb 21, 2012 1:18 PM

    ROFL…clowns fans are as clueless as their management team.

    You idiots don’t get to choose which draft pick you send for signing away a restricted free agent. You send YOUR draft pick. That means, you sign Wallace, Pittsburgh gets cleveland’s 4th overall draft choice.

    Still interested in signing Wallace?

    Quit drinking the water out of your burning river!!! You clowns are burning up the few brain cells you’ve still got in your noggins.

    GO STEELERS!

  105. mostlombardisintheleague says: Feb 21, 2012 1:22 PM

    The salary cap issue seems to have been mis-managed as this point in time. It does look like Ward has to go. Add the salary cap issue with the firing Arians/hiring Haley thing, may be too much change to absorb to contend in 2012 ???

  106. haileli says: Feb 21, 2012 1:23 PM

    “I love the drastic differences in opinion from Squealer fans. So which is it? Is Wallace a one trick pony and you’re okay with parting ways or is he the top wr in the game and they won’t let him go?”

    Interesting that you think that the fan base should have one uniform position on any player. Can you name *any* fan base that does? I’ll wait very, very patiently.

  107. qj1984 says: Feb 21, 2012 1:32 PM

    @Mike Tomlin

    THANK YOU! It’s a shame that so many people do not know the rules and that they don’t have the common sense to figure it out. Especially, when the author put emphasis on the Ravens and Pats having late picks.

  108. tmc4real says: Feb 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    The Steelers are in cap hell? Really? They have trimmed over $18M in cap space already. It was reported that they were roughly $25M over the cap estimated at $125M. If they cut $18M, that puts them $7M over. They can perform a simple restructure with Ben and free up $7.5M. So, that gets them under the cap. They can perform simple restructures with Harrison and Polamalu to open another $7M. Then, they can cut Hines Ward and free up $3M more.

    They cut one player, do 3-restructures, and they can franchise tag Wallace. As for next year, they will not have Casey Hampton on the roster and his $8M salary cap hit. If they release Kemoeatu this year, it opens money this year and relieves them of the $5.8M cap hit next season. The Stelers can franchise both and sign them IF they so desire.

    But, if it bleeds, it leads. Even if you have to throw fake blood out there.

  109. steelerchicken says: Feb 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    He is not going anywhere! Big Ben is already pissed he lost his OC. He will not be happy if he losses his No. 2 receiver.

  110. johntonioholmes says: Feb 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    I’d like to keep him, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world is Sanders can stay healthy and if they resign Cotchery.

    I would NOT want him to go to the Pats. I would hate seeing him in Baltimore, too, but only because he would be able to catch Joe’s errant throws better than Smith.

    It would be kind of funny; he would have 600 yards and 5 TDs next year, if he went to Balt.

  111. johntonioholmes says: Feb 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    farvite

    Yeah Wallace would end up with 600 receiving yards and all of the Baltimore fans would say, “Well Flacco has to get used to his new receivers. Smith is only in his second year, and Boldin is only one of the most underrated receivers in NFL history, so Flacco doesn’t have a lot to work with…”

  112. heyzeus143 says: Feb 21, 2012 1:45 PM

    he’s overrated for the price, trade him to a lowly NFC team so you don’t have to face him all the time, drops too many BIG passes

  113. The Buffer Zone says: Feb 21, 2012 1:47 PM

    This is how Hines Ward gets to stay in Pittsburgh.

    Wallace gets scooped up, the Steelers will want to retain Ward (at a reduced price, of course) to keep stability by having 3 WRs that Roethlisberger is very familiar with while going through the transition of Todd Haley’s new offensive scheme.

  114. stew48 says: Feb 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    Thanks Napoleon,etc. Bouchette has been stirring much too much, with no factual support other than his imagination. That is why MF loves what he says.

  115. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 21, 2012 1:57 PM

    He is nothing more then a speed WR. The steelers could find an easy replacement for him. Guys that can do nothing but stretch the field are a dime a dozen. Other then running a deep post or fly pattern the guy doesn’t add any other value. They already have brown and sanders who are the same type W. WHY waste cap space on three wrs that are the same?

  116. steeelfann says: Feb 21, 2012 2:05 PM

    Ha, big deal. Here is the reality:

    The Steelers have 2 super stud wide receivers. Wallace was NOT the MVP of the team, Antonio Brown was.

    You mentioned Emmanuel Sanders as well. He is a fine second receiver.

    If the Steelers have two first round draft picks, and they will be cutting a number of older players that will rapidly trim cap space.

    They have Colon coming back at right tackle under a solid contract.

    Nice try, but it is not doom, doom, doom. Hines Ward hardly played by the end of the year. Aaron Smith missed most of the year. DB McFadden will also be cut. Keaumatu will be cut.

    Would I hate to lose Wallace? Of course, he blows the top off of the defense and opens up the crossing routes for others.

    But do the Ravens sign Ray Rice? Do they extend Flacco? Is Ed Reed going to keep playing? Does Ray Lewis get out of town?

    New England has to sign Welker. Or not. They have a shakey defense.

    Everyone has something. Let it play out.

  117. rmc1995 says: Feb 21, 2012 2:08 PM

    He has to learn a new offense if he stays or goes. Roethlisberger doesn’t think his young receivers can progress in a new offense because he thinks they are stupid. Given Ben’s thoughts they’d be better with a first round pick.

  118. clayton43 says: Feb 21, 2012 2:10 PM

    Cap deadline isnt till the 13th of March… not worried at all. I love Wallace, I love Brown and I think Sanders and Cotchry are very formidable receiving corp. No way to keep them all in the future as I think once Sanders gets more of an opportunity like brown, He will show that he too is going to be one heck of a player. If we got a first rounder for Wallace…I could handle that if it came to be … Brown Cotchry and Sanders would not be a bad line up either. Really not worried too much about it. But i do think that when all is said and done they will find a way to keep him

  119. cali49er707 says: Feb 21, 2012 2:12 PM

    the 49ER FAITHFUL would love to have him in RED&GOLD but, not for a #1 & the money we would have to pay for him (TOO MUCH) just my opinion

  120. holeinone09 says: Feb 21, 2012 2:19 PM

    Frankly I don’t much care if he stays or goes. I can’t do anything about it either way. Yes, I would like to see him stay with us. Yes, he is a very fast deep threat. Yes, he has a great yards-per-catch stat. Yes, he has dropped a number of important catches. Yes, the Steelers will survive whether he stays or goes. No, Wallace isn’t the most important player on the team. Yes, they have other nice WR’s with Antonio at the top of the list.

    Don’t agonize over this too much folks. The Steelers will make the best decision they can, given the circumstances. I would like to see them keep Wallace, but if they don’t it won’t be the end of the world by any means. Won’t even be close.

  121. contract says: Feb 21, 2012 2:21 PM

    “A team that wants to sign Wallace away from the Steelers would now only have to forfeit a first-round pick to Pittsburgh, whereas in the past, signing Wallace away would have cost a first-round pick and a third-round pick.”

    Please do your research. The Steelers have NEVER offered a player the 1st + 3rd round tender EVER … and we’ve had tons of great players hit the market as RFAs.

  122. steeelfann says: Feb 21, 2012 2:35 PM

    Uhm, it is both. Wallace is great, look at stats. We are also are okay if he leaves as we are loaded with great young wideouts and as you know, usually when players leave the Steelers (not always, but usually), they don’t perform as well on their next gig. See Faneca, Santonio Holmes, etc. But the Steelers just load up once again.
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    haileli says: Feb 21, 2012 1:23 PM

    “I love the drastic differences in opinion from Squealer fans. So which is it? Is Wallace a one trick pony and you’re okay with parting ways or is he the top wr in the game and they won’t let him go?”

    Interesting that you think that the fan base should have one uniform position on any player. Can you name *any* fan base that does? I’ll wait very, very patiently.

  123. steelcurtainn says: Feb 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    Wallace isnt going where except for Pittsburgh. Stop the Nonsense!!!!Even if there was a tadbit chance he would leave, the steelers will do what they always do best. Restock and Reload!

  124. lennylyles says: Feb 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    I love how the Steeler fans are always in denial. PFT reports their defense is getting old. There are denials by the Steeler faithful and in the end the defense gets torched by Tim Tebow. Face the facts your franchise is in BIG trouble. Third place in AFC North would be a good finish for you in 2012-13

  125. Steeler's Will says: Feb 21, 2012 2:57 PM

    mikemart77 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:54 AM

    Limas Sweed says hi.

    Sweed excepted though, they have done very well with their WRs.
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    Limas was drafted at #53. Unfortunately he hasn’t been worth even the second pick.

  126. Steeler's Will says: Feb 21, 2012 3:06 PM

    @mikemart77…

    ignore my response re: Limas Sweed as it had absolutely nothing to do with your statement. My apologies.

  127. ronburgandysscotch says: Feb 21, 2012 3:13 PM

    While I would love the move for the Pats you have to think Belichick would not use a first rounder plus the $ to sign Wallace when he could sign a FA receiver. Why give up the 1st rounder when you can get Lloyd, Bowe, Johnson without giving a pick up? Doesn’t sound like something he would do but I would be for it. The offense would be even better with him. As long as Welker as is back too.

  128. noquickreactionshere says: Feb 21, 2012 3:24 PM

    zjfr2 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:05 AM
    to the guy who said come to DC, RGIII to Wallace….

    How exactly would that happen? Trade up to get RGIII and send a first rounder to Pitt for Wallace.

    I was unaware the Skins had 3 first round picks this year….

    _____________________________

    Daniel Snyder thinks he can do it…..That is why the skins are the skins.

    I think Wallace will be in Cincinnati next year, the combination of draft picks, cap space, young talent etc…

    That is best case scenario for Baltimore, get Wallace out of Pitt, don’t give up a first rounder, be ready for the secondary to bring it when they play Cinci.

  129. Steeler's Will says: Feb 21, 2012 4:01 PM

    lennylyles says:
    Feb 21, 2012 2:44 PM
    I love how the Steeler fans are always in denial. PFT reports their defense is getting old. There are denials by the Steeler faithful and in the end the defense gets torched by Tim Tebow. Face the facts your franchise is in BIG trouble. Third place in AFC North would be a good finish for you in 2012-13
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    Dream on. That old defense had two shutouts and was at or near the top of the defensive standings all season.

    P.S. PFT also previously reported that Terry Bradshaw was dead.

  130. quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 21, 2012 4:02 PM

    I can’t help but laugh.

    Instead of cutting 1 or 2 of those slow old geezers on
    defense, they are probably gonna lose a young guy
    that they will have a lot more trouble replacing.

    This is an early sign of things to come with this team.
    Being foolish in the handling of their salary cap is
    gonna cost them BIG TIME in the next couple of years.

    lol! 6-10, here they come…

  131. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 21, 2012 4:03 PM

    Pittsburgh fans who are sweatin Wallace leaving, ask yourself this. Who would you rather have as your #1 receiver – Wallace or A. Brown? If you’re answer is Wallace, then you either didn’t watch many games last year, or you’re overly-excited about speed.

    As much as I love having Wallace on the B&G – Brown as #1, Sanders, draft pick, and current vets are more than capable of carrying the load.

    And with the addt’l 1st-round pick and money saved by not franchising Wallace …. I’d rather see them spend a few $M on a shut-down corner opposite 24. Or here’s a crazy concept…O-Line?

    Now that I re-read my post, I guess I’m now in the “get this trade done” camp.

  132. canadian52niner says: Feb 21, 2012 4:06 PM

    Lock him up for the Niners, he is totally worth it for the cash and the first rounder #30. We would now have an elite WR corps with Crabtree as #2, Morgan as #3 (hopefully he resigns), and Vernon and Delanie as our TE’s. Smith would grow even better and we have the stud Kaepernick waiting in the weeds.

    Get it done Trent, GM of the Year!!!

    Niners Forever Baby.

    PS – I love the fights between the Steelers and Browns and yes the Browns do not get to choose which pick LMFAO!!!

  133. siggtacular says: Feb 21, 2012 4:19 PM

    As a die hard Ravens fan, I am salivating over this developing rumor. Idk if I agree with giving the Squealers a first round pick, but Mike Wallace is intriguing. Wallace and Smith playing the outs, and Boldin taking the slot, we would be unstoppable. I can’t wait until March. :)

  134. killerstiller says: Feb 21, 2012 4:33 PM

    Here’s a completely left field idea:
    Let Wallace walk. Draft Danny Coale out of Va. Tech in the 3rd or 4th. He runs almost like Wallace & blocks like Ward. Trade Big Ben to Indy for this year’s & next year’s 1st rounders. Draft Luck! And get a cornerback & tackle in the first round!
    Start firing!

  135. ravensgrl says: Feb 21, 2012 4:37 PM

    contract says:
    Feb 21, 2012 2:21 PM
    “A team that wants to sign Wallace away from the Steelers would now only have to forfeit a first-round pick to Pittsburgh, whereas in the past, signing Wallace away would have cost a first-round pick and a third-round pick.”

    Please do your research. The Steelers have NEVER offered a player the 1st + 3rd round tender EVER … and we’ve had tons of great players hit the market as RFAs.
    ________
    Please read the quote you included in your post. The Steelers would receive a 1st rd pick from the team that picked him up, instead of a 1st + 3rd as it was before they new CBA.

  136. mikemyditka says: Feb 21, 2012 5:00 PM

    I dont see the Pats doing this, but hey, Belichick would be better off with Wallace than just trading down every year. Of course they would have to give him a hefty contract, which means Welker might have to go, because they arent signing both guys to big deals- So I dont see it.

    Of course, the Pats wouldnt be in this mess if they just drafted Wallace themselves:

    3rd rd, 2009 draft, pick 18: Pats, WR Brandon Tate.

    3rd rd, 2009 draft, pick 19: Steelers, WR Mike Wallace.

    Ouch, that hurts.

  137. ravenator says: Feb 21, 2012 6:01 PM

    Loving this!!! Pittsburgh is on the decline, Baltimore Ravens will be the perennial power for the next decade.

  138. steelcurtainn says: Feb 21, 2012 6:42 PM

    The Ravens could get the top 3 receivers in the NFL and still couldn’t win the superbowl with Floppo. The steelers will be running this decade much like they did the 90’s and 2000’s, ON TOP!!!!

  139. Deb says: Feb 21, 2012 6:50 PM

    Keep dreaming, ravenator! The fact that you keep weighing in hoping for signs of a Pittsburgh decline just tells me the Steelers are still the perennial power in the Ravens’ heads. Nice Super Bowl run after you swept us this season ;)

  140. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 21, 2012 7:13 PM

    Mike Tomlin says:
    Feb 21, 2012 12:55 PM
    Ricardo Grande says:
    Feb 21, 2012 11:32 AM
    I’d love to see the Browns rip the heart out of the Steelers by giving up their #22 pick for him…and draft RGIII at #4. Instant offense.

    How’s that work for ya Pittsburghers??? LOL…

    ———————-

    Again, the Browns DONT GET TO CHOOSE WHICH PICK THEY WOULD HAND OVER. Its the number 4 pick because its theirs not another teams via trade so stop with the dream scenarios that are literally impossible.
    ———————————————-
    Thanks for the info rainman, Regardless, it was just a scenario, not sure I would want any miscreants from that organization. The Browns with 3 solid 1rst and 2nd round picks will gain more ground on the rapidly declining, dysfunctional Stillers. Welcome, to the basement of the AFC North Pitts. You will dwell well there for quite some time.

  141. ravenator says: Feb 21, 2012 7:47 PM

    @deb

    What can you possibly hang your hat on this season? NOTHING! Steelers were swept by their nemesis, the Ravens. Oh congrats, I forgot you made it to the playoffs. I guess that deserves some praise if your team wasn’t one and done, delivered by who other than, TIM TEBOW!

    Let that soak in for a moment. Until next season, when the Steelers can redeem themselves, I wouldn’t talk much. I’m proud of my team. A dropped pass away from the Super Bowl seems much more promising than being Tebow’d and an offseason of uncertainty coupled with coaching turnover.

  142. tedmurph says: Feb 21, 2012 9:12 PM

    @ravenator:
    I forget, what are you hanging your hat on? What are you proud of? Your team made it to the AFC Championship game and lost? Again? Love raven’s fans revisionist history that Evans dropped a pass. Ball was knocked out of his hands on a great play by the CB. Maybe that’s what happens when a QB that can’t make a play throws to a WR that had 4 catches during the regular season. That would be like Brady depending on Ocho to win the SB for him. He’d know better. ravens fans are the most delusional, excuse making fans in sports. At least the steelers had injuries. ravens just couldn’t get it done,again. I’m sure you’ll be happy if they pay Flacco. I will be too.

  143. steel2372 says: Feb 22, 2012 1:26 PM

    @Ravenator
    Dream on No way the Ravens will rule this division for the next decade. You are dreaming as the steel curtain wakes you from your deep sleep fantasy dream. Steelers will continue to dominate this division. Go Steelers!!

  144. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Feb 23, 2012 7:28 PM

    Ben Roethlisberger restructured his contract (the fourth or so to do so), saving the Steelers $8 million against the cap. Which means the Steelers will be near or even below the cap, once it is finally announced. More importantly, it means more $ available to re-sign Mike Wallace. So the Ravens and Browns fans have no clue what they are talking about. They are the same ones who said the Steelers would be 6-10 last year. And the year before. Here are two clues: a. the Steelers just finished 12-4 and went to the SB the year before, and b. even in the very rare down years, the Steelers never finish at or below .500. You can look this stuff up.

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