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Colbert: We want Mike Wallace to finish career in Pittsburgh

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Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert threw cold water Thursday on the notion that wide receiver Mike Wallace will be going anywhere this offseason.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure Mike Wallace remains a Pittsburgh Steeler. And I think that’s Mike’s hope as well. Usually when you have two parties that share the same goal, it’s easier to achieve that goal,” Colbert said.

Colbert confirmed the franchise tag is still an option, but he’s waiting to find out the final salary cap number from the NFL.

“We want to make sure Mike can finish his career with the Steelers. I’m very confident that Mike wants to finish his career with the Steelers and play with a great quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger. . . . We think he’s only scratched the surface in what he can do,” Colbert said after PFT asked him about slashing salary cap space to make room for Wallace’s franchise number.

Salary cap problems are almost always overstated. NFL teams find a way to hold on to players that they truly want to keep. Colbert indicated that more roster cuts and restructures are coming.  (On Hines Ward, Colbert said only that Ward is still on the roster.)

One way or another, Colbert indicated the Steelers will do everything possible to keep Wallace. I wouldn’t bet against the Steelers being successful in that effort.

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  1. fantasyspectre says: Feb 23, 2012 12:32 PM

    Hines Ward though… he can go elsewhere!

  2. dukemarc says: Feb 23, 2012 12:35 PM

    “Colbert: We want Mike Wallace to finish career in Pittsburgh”
    ————————————–

    That’s cold, wishing a guy gets a career ending injury this offseason.

  3. gator2006 says: Feb 23, 2012 12:35 PM

    Right, they want him to finish his career with the Steelers, just like Hines Ward. He just has to finish it when they say so.

  4. raven410 says: Feb 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    Good luck Colbert. Keep Wallace and potentially hurt your team by letting go key players, or lose Wallace who is one of the best WR in the game. Tough.

  5. bubbybrister2 says: Feb 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    Correction: We want to keep Mike Wallace a Pittsburgh Steeler. We want to make sure Hines Ward finishes his career as a Steeler.

  6. derfshambeaux says: Feb 23, 2012 12:39 PM

    Let him walk. I’d rather have 2 first rounders to grab a G and DT than a WR whose not going to have the same speed in 3-4 years.

  7. t16rich says: Feb 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    Only one way to $how it.

  8. tombradyallday says: Feb 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    mike said “my heart is in pittsburgh, but this is a business”. put two and two together. hes prolly leavin

  9. emmettotter says: Feb 23, 2012 12:41 PM

    Kind of a quick change of tune, wouldn’t you say?

  10. flakazoid says: Feb 23, 2012 12:41 PM

    Best GM in the business. Just stays in his spot, drafts the best available player…and hits home runs. The two times he did move up: Troy “All world” Polamalu and Santonio Holmes, who brought them a Lombardi!

  11. suhnum1fan says: Feb 23, 2012 12:44 PM

    Usually when a GM comes out and says, “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure Mike Wallace remains a Pittsburgh Steeler” The player is headed out the door

  12. ottograham says: Feb 23, 2012 12:49 PM

    If we have the cash to sign him to a 4 to 5 year deal Id take it. If not let him walk and hope you never see him in the playoffs or superbowl. Its not a matter of wanting to keep him, or whether he wants to stay. Its a matter of us not having the available cash this offseason. Unfortunately we have to deal with the same thing with Brown next offseason as well… GOllll-ly

  13. buzzedlitebeer says: Feb 23, 2012 12:56 PM

    I’m starting to think this whole thing is a smokescreen. They’ll put the 1st round tender on him and no one will bite. Wallace will play for $3-$4 mil next season.

  14. clayton43 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:00 PM

    Not sure what Wallace is going to want as far as money goes… not sure if he is worth the money he may want…obviously until they come out with cap numbers wont know but they way I see it I dont really see how they can keep him long term as well as Brown next year they have to do Brown and Sanders contracts and I just dont see it happening and I am thinking the best thing long term would be to let Wallace go now and get something for him then a year deal and then having him or Brown leave and get nothing in return. If they can find a way to keep him then great and of course happy to have him back but afraid of the money he is going to want will be too much for a speed guy who only runs a few routes….We picked him up in the 3rd round…I think we could find someone else like we always do in the draft this year or in the next one…. A good QB makes the WR’s most of the time and we have one of the better QB’s in the game so not really worried too much about it if goes.

  15. havok82 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:01 PM

    Good luck signing him and having the cash to sign Brown and Sanders next year. You are already in salary cap detention with holes to fill. WR is not one of them with Brown/Sanders/Cotchery on board right now. They’d be best served letting a team sign him and send a first rounder their way to help fill those holes and add youth.

  16. raven410 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:06 PM

    flakazoid says:
    Feb 23, 2012 12:41 PM
    Best GM in the business. Just stays in his spot, drafts the best available player…and hits home runs. The two times he did move up: Troy “All world” Polamalu and Santonio Holmes, who brought them a Lombardi!

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Colbert is definitely not the best GM in the business. Top 3 but not # 1. Pound for pound Oz is the best.

  17. kilo0986 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:08 PM

    I just hope they dont overpay him.

  18. mikemart77 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:11 PM

    Good luck signing him and having the cash to sign Brown and Sanders next year. You are already in salary cap detention with holes to fill. WR is not one of them with Brown/Sanders/Cotchery on board right now. They’d be best served letting a team sign him and send a first rounder their way to help fill those holes and add youth.

    **********

    Brown ok – he’s going to cost a lot. But Sanders? He’s been hurt most of the last two years. How much do you think he’d get on the open market? If he’s the number 3 guy again, he’s not going to be looking at more than $2-3 mill a year.

  19. deadmanwalking47 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:14 PM

    Really gonna be tough for him to stay with the Steelers. If the steelers let him go,and the browns or bengals pick him up,it would be disaster next season,but the steelers would get a draft pick,and if it’s cleveland,it would be the 4th pick.

  20. pedrovillegas21 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    OZ is the best? Jerry Reece?

  21. 6ball says: Feb 23, 2012 1:19 PM

    .

    Teams like the Chiefs and the Bucs have 63 million in cap space. The Steelers have roughly 11 cents. Luckily, free agency is never about the money, so the Steelers dodge a bullet there.

    .

  22. Steeley McBeam says: Feb 23, 2012 1:21 PM

    I find 2 things very amusing here:

    1. PFT making 5 seperate posts that Wallace is as good as gone because the Steelers are in cap hell followed by a post with the quotes “Salary cap problems are almost always overstated. NFL teams find a way to hold on to players that they truly want to keep,” and “I wouldn’t bet against the Steelers being successful in that effort.” Time to start holding yourseleves accountable for you opinions, guys.

    2. Yesterday when the word was that he was gone everyone rooting for the Bears, Ravens, Pats, 49ers, etc. was jumping out of their seats to sign him. Now that it looks like he might come back hes just a one-trick pony who can only go deep and isn’t worth the money. Well, which one is it?

    Lets just see what happens when the salary cap is announced and the Steelers make their cuts. Until then its impossible to know what theyre going to do.

  23. ottograham says: Feb 23, 2012 1:22 PM

    @raven410

    its one thing to come on here and make a semi intelligent comment. Its another to make a deliberately biased comment and expect to be taken seriously. Toolbag. Please remind me how many superbowls hes managed a squad through. Theres your answer. Now go back to Maryland and pay your outrageous taxes on everything.

  24. djstat says: Feb 23, 2012 1:23 PM

    Funny, the supposed best GM in the league drafted Limas Swede and Reshard “no Heart” Mendenhall. This guy is an average GM at best. They are in cap hell now

  25. Steeley McBeam says: Feb 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    And by Oz you mean the guy who thinks Joe Flacco is a franchise QB?

  26. flakazoid says: Feb 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    raven410 says:

    Colbert is definitely not the best GM in the business. Top 3 but not # 1. Pound for pound Oz is the best.
    ——————————————————-
    Colbert’s team has a better reg season record…better playoff record, oh, and more Lombardis. Colbert has never missed on a first rounder. And Colbert never drafted Kyle Boller, and all those crappy receivers that Oz drafted. Colbert can dump Holmes after he brings them a Lombardi, cause he has Wallace, Brown and Sanders [all later picks]. Let’s not even mention that when he does go after free agent starters [Farrior, Clark] he nails that too.

    Colbert is the best…and it ain’t even close.

  27. steelersmichele says: Feb 23, 2012 1:27 PM

    salary cap problems are almost always overstated!?!?!?

    Am I missing something here? All of your previous posts have said the steelers have major cap issues. Now are you admitting you overstate the facts? Not you….

  28. ballsohardu says: Feb 23, 2012 1:32 PM

    Lose, lose situation… Probably best to let him go

  29. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:36 PM

    @steeley mcbeam
    you must be a genius too because you took the exact words right out of my mouth

  30. raven410 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:46 PM

    First of all, If Colbert was the BEST GM the Steelers wouldn’t be in the position that they’re in right now. A GM’s job is to not only put the best players on the football field, but also manage the cap, and not jeopordize the teams future. Ozzie has drafted just as many Pro Bowl players as Colbert..if not more, and if a couple plays had of gone differently..the Ravens could possibly have 2-3 championships right now. Ozzie and Colbert don’t play on the football field, so judging their success solely off of wins and losses isn’t fair.

  31. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:53 PM

    @buzzedlitebeer:
    i swear i was thinking the same thing. i know he’s fast and all, but obviously teams were able to do something about that during the latter half of the season, not to mention his drops late in the year. not that i would be shocked if someone offered him a reasonable deal at 3,4,5 and maybe 6 per, but he isnt getting top 5 money so why franchise him, that would be stupid and shortsighted IMO…unless it’s just temporary so we can buy time to structure a deal…i think we’ll be good either way

  32. raven410 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:54 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Feb 23, 2012 1:24 PM
    And by Oz you mean the guy who thinks Joe Flacco is a franchise QB?

    Yeah..Oz..who drafted Joe Flacco a franchise QB who SWEPT the Steelers and threw the GW TD IN PITT 2 years in a row! Yeah..that same OZ who drafted Ray Rice, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Ben Grubbs, Marshall Yanda, Terrell Suggs, and a bunch of other future Pro Bowlers and HOF’ers

  33. 561bengal says: Feb 23, 2012 1:56 PM

    I know you steeler and ravens fans think you have the bext G.M.s. How quickly you forget about the greatest G.M. of all time. Mike Brown!!!!

    Joke.

  34. japdouds says: Feb 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    Why on earth would any team pay Mike Wallace more than the Steelers can afford (( million / yr) AND give up a 1st round pick to the Steelers for Wallace when they can sign any number of UFA’s and not lose a #1 pick?

    Vincent Jackson
    Marques Colston
    Desean Jackson
    Stevie Johnson
    Brandon Lloyd
    etc…

    Is Mike Wallace worth trading one of these players AND a #1 pick for? No way!

  35. clayton43 says: Feb 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    djstat says:
    Feb 23, 2012 1:23 PM
    Funny, the supposed best GM in the league drafted Limas Swede and Reshard “no Heart” Mendenhall

    That was really a dumb comment…

    Sweed was a second rounder who couldnt stay healthy…not really a big loss and certainly didnt set us back any… look at how many Pro bowl players we have/had as well as Division championships and superbowl appearances…

    seriously… that was really dumb to say no matter who your favorite team is.

  36. haileli says: Feb 23, 2012 2:06 PM

    First of all, If Colbert was the BEST GM the Steelers wouldn’t be in the position that they’re in right now. A GM’s job is to not only put the best players on the football field, but also manage the cap, and not jeopordize the teams future. Ozzie has drafted just as many Pro Bowl players as Colbert..if not more, and if a couple plays had of gone differently..the Ravens could possibly have 2-3 championships right now. Ozzie and Colbert don’t play on the football field, so judging their success solely off of wins and losses isn’t fair.

    —————————————————-

    Wrong! They are managing the cap. They are restructuring contracts, which they have always done and will always continue to do. Provide a link showing that they have drafted equal numbers of Pro Bowlers. If not for a couple plays, the Steelers might have 2-3 more championships than they do. Ozzie and Colbert don’t play, but they ASSEMBLE THE ROSTER. Your last statement is patently absurd. It’s more than fair.

  37. Steeley McBeam says: Feb 23, 2012 2:06 PM

    raven410 says:
    Feb 23, 2012 1:54 PM

    Yeah..Oz..who drafted Joe Flacco a franchise QB who SWEPT the Steelers and threw the GW TD IN PITT 2 years in a row! Yeah..that same OZ who drafted Ray Rice, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Ben Grubbs, Marshall Yanda, Terrell Suggs, and a bunch of other future Pro Bowlers and HOF’ers

    ————

    Lets break it down which round he drafted those guys:

    Rice – 2nd
    Reed – 1st
    Ngata – 1st
    Grubbs – 1st
    Yanda – 3rd
    Suggs – 1st

    Any good GM should hit on first and second round picks. Its the ones that are made later in the draft that show how good a GM truly is.

    Ward – 6th
    Wallace – 3rd
    Brown – 6th
    Kiesel – 6th
    Smith – 4th
    Taylor – 4th
    Harrison – undrafted

    With the exception of Ike Taylor every one of those guys is a Pro Bowler and/or a Hall of Famer.

    And yes, Joe Flacco the guy who fumbled the ball away twice (2008 in Pitt and last year in Balt) leading to game winning TDs and threw a pick 6 to Troy at the end of the 2008 AFFC game.

    What else you got?

  38. haileli says: Feb 23, 2012 2:08 PM

    Yeah..Oz..who drafted Joe Flacco a franchise QB who SWEPT the Steelers and threw the GW TD IN PITT 2 years in a row! Yeah..that same OZ who drafted Ray Rice, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Ben Grubbs, Marshall Yanda, Terrell Suggs, and a bunch of other future Pro Bowlers and HOF’ers

    The fact that you Ravens fans are beating your chest about one season (that you eventually choked away) when being repeatedly humiliated by the Steelers in the past is hilarious. Hilarious, and sad.

  39. myspaceyourface says: Feb 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    I REALLY like Mike Wallace, but I’ve thought we would be better off with two first round picks.

    Especially if it’s one of those teams picking in the 9-15 range.

  40. ricknau says: Feb 23, 2012 2:16 PM

    Regular season wins – advantage Pittsburgh
    Playoff wins – advantage Pittsburgh
    Super Bowls – advantage Pittsburgh
    All Pros – advantage Pittsburgh
    Hall of Famers – advantage Pittsburgh

    Draft busts – advantage Baltimore

    Well, you got one ratbirds but thats about it. Tell me again about Oz being better than Colbert…..I havent laughed out loud in a little while.

  41. mostlombardisintheleague says: Feb 23, 2012 2:24 PM

    Yes, we need OL more than WR. What good is a deep threat if your QB is flat on his back 30% of the time. Two first rounders to put some beef in front of Ben, Brown is more versatile with routes and field coverage especially if Ben has more time. How long can Wallace possess that speed anyway ? Once his age diminishes his speed, he won’t be a Hines Ward type anyway at that point.
    It may be a silver lining for him to go.

  42. tluke25 says: Feb 23, 2012 2:43 PM

    I love Brett Keisel but for the person who said he is going to be in the hall of fame is being a bit absurd. Keisel is a good player but no one would no much about him today if it weren’t for his beard.

    And, you certainly can’t put Wallace and Brown in in the hall of fame yet. They have to do what they are doing for the next 10 seasons and injuries are an unpredictable thing.

    Aaron Smith could become a HOFer. I think he will struggle to get in for many years, but I think writers will eventually point out how he was a 3-4 DE and led a strong run defense for a decade.

    Ward, Big Ben, Polamalu and Harrison are the only current players to have punched their tickets in.

  43. haileli says: Feb 23, 2012 2:52 PM

    tluke25,

    He said PRO BOWLER and/or Hall of Famer. He is 100% correct.

  44. raven410 says: Feb 23, 2012 3:02 PM

    Lets break it down which round he drafted those guys:

    Rice – 2nd
    Reed – 1st
    Ngata – 1st
    Grubbs – 1st
    Yanda – 3rd
    Suggs – 1st

    Any good GM should hit on first and second round picks. Its the ones that are made later in the draft that show how good a GM truly is.

    Ward – 6th
    Wallace – 3rd
    Brown – 6th
    Kiesel – 6th
    Smith – 4th
    Taylor – 4th
    Harrison – undrafted

    With the exception of Ike Taylor every one of those guys is a Pro Bowler and/or a Hall of Famer.

    And yes, Joe Flacco the guy who fumbled the ball away twice (2008 in Pitt and last year in Balt) leading to game winning TDs and threw a pick 6 to Troy at the end of the 2008 AFFC game.

    What else you got?

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    What else I got? First of all Colbert didn’t draft Hines Ward! Secondly, Ozzie has drafted very good players in later rounds..not all of them have made the Pro Bowl..but here’s a few that did. Bart Scott, Ovie Mughelli, Le’ron McClain, AND Derek Anderson.

  45. henrykissingerisgod says: Feb 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    The salary cap situation hasn’t hurt the steelers at all if you think about it. They don’t sign high level free agents, only roster fillers. They are going to resign who they need to and if by chance they do lost Wallace they will get a first round pick so it’s not a total loss. Plus the vets that will be cut should be.

  46. ravenator says: Feb 23, 2012 3:24 PM

    And it’s no debate. One GM has to constantly restructure contracts while the other GM is currently under the cap and scouting the combine. Ill take Oz over Colbert any day of the week.

  47. ricknau says: Feb 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    did you just try to use derek anderson as an example of a good draft pick?

  48. stillers6 says: Feb 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    The one thing everyone is forgetting is the cap is going to go up significantly in the near future. Not sure if anyone has heard but there was this little TV that just went down not too long ago. Bottom line, the Steelers will have plenty of time to get underneath the cap in the future with the newly adjusted cap that will change within a year or so. Wallace & Brown will stay in black & gold.

  49. johnnyb1976 says: Feb 23, 2012 3:42 PM

    Pitt and Bal fans arguing over which GM is better. Lol I love it, but as good as those guys are they could never get 2 first round picks and a coach to be named later out of Carson Palmer.

  50. ricknau says: Feb 23, 2012 3:46 PM

    no, pittsburgh just wins super bowls. They would have never had Carson Palmer because they are better at drafting than that.

  51. flakazoid says: Feb 23, 2012 4:01 PM

    ravenator says:
    And it’s no debate. One GM has to constantly restructure contracts while the other GM is currently under the cap and scouting the combine. Ill take Oz over Colbert any day of the week.
    —————————————————
    Omar Khan is restructuring the contracts. Rest-assured, Kevin Colbert is at the combine scouting his next fabulous draft. That’s where they interviewd him for this post!

    And I suppose you’d take Kyle Boller over Ben roethlisberger too1

  52. originalsteelcurtain says: Feb 23, 2012 4:23 PM

    Stupidity runs rampant here as usual.

    Let me clarify what will happen for those incapable of following closely.

    1) Steelers always keep their ascending stars. Besides having the best stats at the 3 yr mark of of any active WR in theNFL (better even than Calvin, Andre, or Fitz), Mike is the fastest #1WR in the league and provides the added benefit of requiring deep help on every mid-to-long pass play…which opens up the O for everyone else. (Mike provides the exact ingredient missing from the Pats this yr). He’s a good soldier, he’s durable, and he has plenty of upside even though he was voted as a Pro Bowl starter his 3rd year.

    2) Steelers will tender Mike a “fair offer”…say $7 -7.5 mil per yr. They will then let the market determine Mike’s current value… and match the best offer unless the deal is so front-loaded that they can’t make it work.

    ~ 95% chance Mike remains a Steeler

  53. originalsteelcurtain says: Feb 23, 2012 4:28 PM

    “ravenator says:
    And it’s no debate. One GM has to constantly restructure contracts while the other GM is currently under the cap and scouting the combine. Ill take Oz over Colbert any day of the week.”
    ——————————————-

    Come back Ravenator when the Ratbirds have acutally won something…not counting your annual “Paper Champion” trophy. 2000 was a long time ago.

    Oz and Colbert are both good, but only one has 2 rings.

  54. nickster31 says: Feb 23, 2012 5:13 PM

    What else I got? First of all Colbert didn’t draft Hines Ward! Secondly, Ozzie has drafted very good players in later rounds..not all of them have made the Pro Bowl..but here’s a few that did. Bart Scott, Ovie Mughelli, Le’ron McClain, AND Derek Anderson.

    *****************************************

    You SERIOUSLY tried to use Derek Anderson as a GOOD example?

    Thanks for ending the argument!

  55. crusty14 says: Feb 23, 2012 5:25 PM

    The reason why they are restructuring contracts is due to the fact of drafting quality players on a regular basis! If you only have a handful of decent players you have to reward financially, then it would be quite easy for any gm to stay under the cap. The real challenge is managing the cap when you have multiple big name stars that you want to keep together!

  56. Deb says: Feb 23, 2012 7:15 PM

    Serious football fans always have worries about the coming season. How we’re going to handle the Wallace situation isn’t one of mine. Mike wants to stay, and the Steelers want to keep him. We have personnel options remaining that will give us more cap room. If we end up losing Wallace, we’ll survive–as we did when we lost Burress.

    @Gator2006 …

    Hines doesn’t have to retire when the Steelers tell him to retire. If the Steelers choose not to retain him, he is free to try the free-agent market. It’s a multi-million-dollar business, and those are the business realities. No one understands that better than Hines.

  57. tobiasjodter says: Feb 23, 2012 7:19 PM

    Steeley McBeam says: Feb 23, 2012 1:21 PM

    I find 2 things very amusing here:

    ??????????????

    Wait a minute. How does this post not get deleted. I’ve probably had over 50 posts in the last 3 months deleted because they poked fun at or were critical of PFT. Why is Steeley so special?

  58. northsidesteel says: Feb 23, 2012 8:04 PM

    Ozzie has proven to be a great GM, but I have to give the edge to Colbert. I find it telling that no other names or teams and/or GMs have been mentioned in the conversation. I think it proves the point.

  59. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:05 PM

    @raven10:
    what’s his TOTAL record vs. the steelers, playoffs included mr. cut and paste w/l stats…

    and while you’re at it, how much ACTUAL hardware does your team have in the lobby during Ozzie’s tenure? dont gimme some woulda coulda shoulda scenarios, how many times has it ACTUALLY happened? take your season sweep, great job, but stop acting like it means you own us or something.
    Reed is the only HOF lock on your list BTW…time will tell with the rest.

  60. clayton43 says: Feb 25, 2012 3:07 AM

    Ravens fans make me laugh… you dont have alot of cap space ….right now about 10 million or so under give or take… Flaccco wants a new deal.. Grubbs .. Ray Rice wants at least 7 million a year and also need to sigh Mclain, J. Johnson, Redding, Gurode as well as some others… The Steelers got alot of attention because they were over the cap and Balt wasnt…. The Steelers have gotten themselves taken care of … The Ravens have yet to do anything and figure hout who they are keeping but trust me once they have to figure out a way to resign these guys it will be humerous to see what type of shape they are in and I can bet it will not be any different than the Steelers…

    Now I am not talking trash about the ravens front office or anything.. just find it funny how the Steelers have already taken care of things while the ravens havnt done anything yet… and Ravens fans are acting like they have all this cap space and front office is doing a great job… Give it a few more weeks up to March 13th deadline and see where ya ll at then.

    Peace

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