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Report: Mike Wallace told 49ers he wants more than Larry Fitzgerald


Mike Wallace is the best free agent available right now, but it appears that he’s going to need to lower his asking price significantly if he wants to do anything other than play for the Steelers on the one-year restricted free agent tender this season.

That’s the word out of San Francisco, where the 49ers had interest in signing Wallace until they found out how much money he wanted. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Wallace wants a contract that surpasses the eight-year, $120 million deal that Larry Fitzgerald signed with the Cardinals.

If that’s what Wallace is going to demand of every team that shows interest, it’s hard to see any team signing him to an offer sheet, which would also require the team to give the Steelers a first-round draft pick if the Steelers choose not to match. (And the Steelers surely would choose not to match an offer sheet that gave Wallace more money than Fitzgerald.)

Wallace may end up deciding that unless some team offers him a monster contract, he’s better off staying in Pittsburgh on the one-year, $2.74 million restricted free agent tender and then becoming an unrestricted free agent next year.

As great a deep threat as Wallace is, he’s not as productive a receiver as Fitzgerald: Wallace’s career high in catches was 72 last year; Fitzgerald has had seasons of 80, 90, 96, 97, 100 and 103 catches. Wallace’s career high in yards was 1,257 two years ago; Fitzgerald has had four seasons of more than 1,400 yards. It’s not realistic to think Wallace will get more money than Fitzgerald. At least, not unless he has a great 2012 and becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2013.

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134 Responses to “Report: Mike Wallace told 49ers he wants more than Larry Fitzgerald”
  1. h3min1230 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:54 AM

    Nice to see Mike Wallace having a sense of humor..

  2. charliedamon says: Mar 22, 2012 9:54 AM

    Hahahahahahahaha..good luck

  3. vonmiller58 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:55 AM


    Kids are silly.

  4. blitz87 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:55 AM

    Yeah, good luck with that.

  5. e23r0 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:55 AM

    When he breaks ANY of Jerry Rice records like Fitz has MAYBE someone will talk to him about a monster contract.

  6. castleofcheese says: Mar 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    I guess I never realized Wallace was such an idiot.

  7. bf53 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:57 AM


  8. supermariojosh says: Mar 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    L to the O to the L

  9. jetslag44years says: Mar 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    Love to hear from everyone:

    Who looks more like their team logo

    John Elway-Broncos or

    Mike Holmgren’s Underwear-Browns

  10. getadealdonealready says: Mar 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    That makes steelers fans happy, because no one else will touch him at that price.

  11. schmitty2 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    Thats about delusional. Wallace is one dimension-great speed and can get past anybody. Fitz can run routs,go deep and outjump most defenders near the goaline

  12. skoobyfl says: Mar 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    I want to be a airline pilot, but I wouldn’t get in a plane with me at the helm.

  13. mctyboy35 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    Mike Wallace is no Larry Fitzgerald. He needs to pop that huge bubble in his head and come back down to Earth.

  14. rmccullen90 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    He is definitely not worth Larry Fitzgerald money. He should shoot for Djax money

  15. moronhater16 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    Go deep! Ok keep going… See ya! ( and I’m a Steeler fan)

  16. kenosando says: Mar 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    49ers won’t do it. They have their money invested in the defense + the signing of Alex Smith and Manningham will likely just leave Baalke just laughing in Wallace’s face. Also, Mike Wallace is not on the same level as Larry.

  17. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    Report: 49ers ask Mike Wallace to pee in a cup.

  18. nflfollower says: Mar 22, 2012 9:59 AM

    Ha ha ha ha ha. Translation, I don’t want my production to depend on Alex smith.

  19. clw1906 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:00 AM

    LOL aim high my young patawan

  20. clarkisgod says: Mar 22, 2012 10:00 AM

    I want more money than Fitz too!! I am just about al likely to get it as he is…

  21. southpaw2k says: Mar 22, 2012 10:00 AM

    If that’s what Wallace thinks he deserves, he’s going to be majorly disappointed next year when he’s a UFA. He’ll get a decent amount of cash from someone, but he won’t come close to $120 million.

  22. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    Sounds to me like he doesn’t want to leave.

  23. kuantan97 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    Seems Wallace has developed the same mentality as that of the hordes of dirtballs who cheer for his team: vastly overrating his value relative to the rest of the NFL (see Hines Ward and Jerome Bettis).

  24. ottomanismydog says: Mar 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    Wallace’s twitter says, “i love when haters hate”. So this article has a lot of validity. If he wants the CJ, Fitz type money he is going to have to put up their numbers. More importantly, when you play in a town that expects super bowls, you better put up those numbers in the playoffs.

    Currently his playoff numbers are:
    4 games
    16 catches
    141 yds
    8.8 yds per catch
    1 td

    9 for 89 and a TD in the SB vs GB

  25. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Mar 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    Wallace, please come back down to earth. You have excellence speed, that’s it. Your hands are decent and your route running is inferior to antonio brown.

    Larry Fitzgerald does all of that at a top tier level. That is why he gets paid top tier money.

    Get real.

  26. rwshelton2 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    Out of your mind, Mike. We won’t be sad to see you go after this year. Way to make the Rooney’s laugh in your face.

  27. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    Wallace, I mean this in the most offensive way possible. You are a dope for thinking you can get this kind of money. Larry Fitzgerald is 10x the receiver you will ever be. Receivers who can only run three routes aren’t worth that kind of cash.

    In fact, your teammate, Antonio Brown, is better than you,

  28. tjacks7 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:02 AM

    Shoot for the moon, cause even if you miss you, you’ll land amongst the stars!

    But seriously, I’d look for something more realistic and try to get something comparable to VJax’s deal.

  29. seatown12 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:02 AM


  30. Philadelphia says: Mar 22, 2012 10:03 AM

    He also told them he would have to wear #80

  31. skinsdag says: Mar 22, 2012 10:03 AM

    bwahahahaha silly trix are for kids…

  32. njphin says: Mar 22, 2012 10:03 AM

    I seen the headline and felt the need to come in here and laugh.hahhahahhahahahhahhaha alright no need to read the article.

  33. snitor says: Mar 22, 2012 10:04 AM

    Great pic with everyone laughing.

  34. swagjag says: Mar 22, 2012 10:04 AM

    Okay Oprah.. let me know how that works out for you.

  35. pghguyy says: Mar 22, 2012 10:04 AM

    Welcome back mike! Your good but uh not that good lol

  36. anpsteel says: Mar 22, 2012 10:05 AM

    One word.


  37. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Mar 22, 2012 10:05 AM

    In other news Pittsburgh Wide Receiver Mike Wallace and his agent were part of a marijuana bust early this morning. Both men were found to be experiencing delusions of grandeur.

  38. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 22, 2012 10:06 AM

    So do I, big deal.

  39. jpbucco says: Mar 22, 2012 10:07 AM

    WRONG!! Antonio brown will be a RESTRICTED free agent next year so the franchise tag will be available to use on Wallace.

    Pay attention please…

  40. eddiemeredith says: Mar 22, 2012 10:07 AM

    I thought it’d just throw the word Flabbergasted in here for fun

  41. EJ says: Mar 22, 2012 10:08 AM

    What is wrong with these greedy players? You are a good player, expect good player money, not great player money. If you were making millions of dollars and had the chance to join a better team and make say 70 million dollars with the chance to make even more by winning a couple of championships while you were there, why wouldn’t you do it? Why would you chance injury or even worse a career ending injury for 50 million more that you know your not worth and that no one in their right mind would pay? Take a 6/$70 Million contract, you can live very well and your kids, kids, kids can too if you play it right…. Oh yeah, that oh so powerful word……GREED.

  42. krimou80 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:09 AM

    I love Mike wallace, he should be on on two and half man..Kid is funny!

  43. devilspider13 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:10 AM

    Wow. At least this means the Steelers get him for one more year. I sure hope this is just his way of saying he doesn’t want to leave Pittsburgh.

  44. barneyrumble says: Mar 22, 2012 10:11 AM

    Once again I admit I was wrong. I thought the Denver Broncos and their first round pick would get Wallace in the fold and give Manning a deep threat but at that money, no one is going to touch him, and now that this is out I doubt anyone will even be talking to him. That is just nuts. I bet Ochocinco and T.O. are even laughing about this self over value.

  45. waitingguilty says: Mar 22, 2012 10:11 AM

    And in a disappointing development for Alex Smith, Wallace then went on to say he’d sign for the league minimum in GB, NE or DEN.

  46. tharoostah says: Mar 22, 2012 10:12 AM

    Mike Wallace has been in the league 3 years, his first year he only got 4 starts, and this year he missed a game. In Larry Fitzgerald’s first 3 years he missed 3 games to injury.

    That being said the stats over their first 3 years:
    Mike Wallace: 3198 yds and 24 TDs
    Larry Fitzgerald: 3135 yds and 24TDs

    However Larry doesn’t get paid what he does because of the first 3 years. Mike Wallace is no Larry yet but very similar start to their careers.

  47. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:13 AM

    I don’t believe this story because it makes no sense. Why would you demand to hey paid more that the best WR in the game.

    I’m going to have to give Wallace the benefit of the doubt on this one. Unless he wants to go to the Donkies of course. that ignorant franchise gave 100 million dollars to a 36 year old QB who’s one hit away from retirement.They might give him more than Fitz.

  48. the1vito says: Mar 22, 2012 10:13 AM

    Wouldn’t Antonio Brown be a restricted free agent? This is going to be his third season (he was drafted in 2010). Doesn’t he need 4 years of service to reach unrestricted free agency?

  49. fullbagg says: Mar 22, 2012 10:15 AM

    He’s got a target on himself now…

  50. mickmars says: Mar 22, 2012 10:15 AM

    And I want a threesome with Scarlett Johanssen and Mila Kunis…….

  51. st1llerz1 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:15 AM

    Well at least we can safely assume we’ll have Wallace back for one more year. Larry Fitzgerald money? No one is going to give him that kind of money, this year or next.

    Fitzgerald and Megatron are different receivers than anyone else in football. Wallace doesn’t have the body type to ever be that kind of receiver.

    And by the way PFT, Brown will be a RESTRICTED free agent next year. Can you guys please get someone with some football knowledge to proof your stories?


  52. trybe29dr says: Mar 22, 2012 10:39 AM

    Even funnier than mike wallace is the raiders fan her critisizing the money denver gave manning considering the questionable draft picks and money theyve wasted over the years…

  53. jeziyo247 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:40 AM

    I posted that I would like for my broncos to sign him but after reading this, HELL NO! Like most said, he’s only great at deep routes and speed, any team including the steelers would be a fool to give him that much. I weather for the broncos to use that money for cheaper talented WRs that manning can make look better. Larry fitzgerald is by far one of the best receivers in this lead now and he proves it time after time, I would take him over megatron, who I also think is overpaid after one proven season, and Wallace.

  54. johntonioholmes says: Mar 22, 2012 10:42 AM

    That’s hilarious.

    That seriously has to be his way of telling them to ____ off.

    He would hate it in San Fran anyway. He would probably end up with 600 yards receiving and 1 TD.

    I seriously think he told them that so he could stay in Pitt.

    There is NO way he really believes he deserves more than Fitz, who is right up there with the most gifted receivers to play the game.

  55. steeltroll says: Mar 22, 2012 10:42 AM

    First off, an unnamed source is the source of all this. Second, this may be what Wally wants if he’s going to leave the Stillers for San Fran. Nuance is always possible. Of course, it is possible that Wally or Wally’s agent is a moron too.

  56. dt325 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:43 AM

    That Desean Jackson deal is looking better and better.

  57. johntonioholmes says: Mar 22, 2012 10:46 AM


    That’s actually a good point. Big difference though is that Ben Roethlisberger (regardless of what people what to say) is actually a pretty prolific passer.

    He generally has a very high YPA and very solid accuracy.

    Fitz has only once had the luxury of a good QB, when he played with Warner. He completely tore up the playoffs with a competent passer at the helm.

    I don’t think Wallace would have numbers like he has had without a good quarterback.

    Fitz would put of great numbers with me back there.

  58. psuravens19 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:47 AM

    And I thought he was going to ask for Megatron money… Oh and Drew Brees is speechless and wants an explanation.

  59. SOBEIT says: Mar 22, 2012 10:49 AM

    Denver…you are on the clock…

  60. trollhammer20 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:49 AM

    60 Minutes just hasn’t been the same since he left.

  61. johntonioholmes says: Mar 22, 2012 10:49 AM

    Like I said, if this report is true, it’s his way of saying that he wants to stay in Pitt because Wallace knows he’s not getting Fitzgerald-like money.

    Hines probably talked him into do all that he can to stay.

  62. kacapaco says: Mar 22, 2012 10:49 AM

    And I naively wondered why my Patriots did make a run @ him. He is should thank God if he gets 9-10m a year contract.

  63. grninerfan says: Mar 22, 2012 10:50 AM

    Okay it all been said but my team is not that stupid and this is not about Alex Fitz is a BEAST! This kid is not even in the same neighborhood.

  64. gp7gsc says: Mar 22, 2012 10:50 AM

    Smh… I have no idea what he is thinking. Someone needs to guide this boy, because his agent/manager clearly isn’t

  65. 49erstim says: Mar 22, 2012 10:54 AM

    I like Wallace, I really do. In fact this guy is who I wanted the 9ers to sign @ WR, however, to expect Fitzgerald or above money is ridiculous. Even Steelers fans are laughing so thats a pretty fair barometer right there. I hope this is a little gamesmanship/negotiating on his part. If not then good luck getting that $ in free agency next offseason bro.

  66. tlaw21 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:54 AM

    Great deep threat but Larry “the receiver that can do anything you ever wanted” Fitzgerald good? HECK NO!!!!!!!! I’m sure the kids agent asked for that hoping the 9ers would be dumb enough to pay it. Of course who knows with the way today’s contracts are structured it could be 8 yrs 135 mil with a 50 mil signing bonus and the first year he gets that 50 plus prolly 4.5 mil against the cap the next year it goes up to 8 then the year after the team will simply have him restructure for a nice signing bonus. While they could do that it’s besides the point the kid is nowhere near Mr. Fitzgeralds neighborhood.

  67. kilo0986 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:56 AM

    I just hope some team signs him for a 1st. Ive had a feeling Wallace was an idiot and this proves it, steelers wont resign him for the money he wants. Theyre better of getting a 1st round pick and adding some depth to the d or trading up for something solid for years to come

  68. cali49er707 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:57 AM

    looks like he’s headed back to pitt

  69. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 22, 2012 10:57 AM

    “I seriously think he told them that so he could stay in Pitt.”

    Ding ding ding we have a winner…

  70. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Mar 22, 2012 10:58 AM

    Fitz is one of the more over paid players in the NFL. His numbers are inflated because he plays on a bad team that’s always passing late in the game. He had a nice 3 year run and one great year with Warner throwing him the ball. Now he’s 28 and on the decline. Check out his last 2 years – good but not great stats 6 and 8 TD’s only. Megatron got that in 4 games.

    Not saying Wallace deserves more money but I’d take him over Fitz in this stage of their careers.

  71. headonaswivel says: Mar 22, 2012 10:58 AM

    Buyer beware! This guy is a total punk just like recent Steeler receivers (Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress). There is a jail cell with his name on it one day. Besides, he’s a one trick pony. Awesome deep threat yes, great all around receiver… not so much.

  72. tavisteelersfan says: Mar 22, 2012 10:59 AM

    So do I.

  73. Steeler's Will says: Mar 22, 2012 11:03 AM

    No way should any team think of paying him that much while he’s still unproven. Shame! As a penance, he should extend his contract with Pittsburgh right now for say, 3 million per year 😀

  74. crindal3000 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:03 AM

    I say stuff like that after i’ve been up all night drinking too. what’s the big deal?

  75. scoonie97 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:03 AM

    To be fair, he’s had a good run on 60 Minutes…

    Oh wait, nevermind.

  76. cancelsundayticket says: Mar 22, 2012 11:03 AM

    Huge Steelers fan here, NO WAY is Wallace worth Fitzgerald money! He has shown nothing to warrant that type of pay day.

    Quite frankly, IF this report is true, the Steelers should get one more year out of him and then let him go. (Assuming no team would even entertain giving him that type of money.)

    Sure he’s fast, but so far he has not proven to be that sure handed, further he does not have the size advantage of players such as Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson.

  77. fullhouseofcards says: Mar 22, 2012 11:04 AM

    This guy is out of his mind. Fitz has put up those numbers with the likes of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, Kevin Kolb, and John Skelton. I can’t imagine the numbers Fitz would be putting up if the Cardinals had Big Ben as their QB.

  78. Adam Tabaka says: Mar 22, 2012 11:04 AM

    Who wouldn’t want more than Fitz?

    Leon Washington wanted more money than the Jets would offer, and look how that turned out. Get the guaranteed money when you can.

  79. natedawg76 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:06 AM

    Pretty sure this is his way of staying in the Burgh for another season and then letting it work itself out after 2013. I think the more interesting question is, whom do you value more if you’re the Steelers, Wallace or Brown? IMHO, Brown. I say this because he is a route runner and more of possession guy but still has that speed to take it all the way. Wallace is pure speed and doesn’t seem to get the looks on critical downs. Either way, neither should ever get Fitzgerald money!!

  80. megaspartan87 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:26 AM

    Him and Santonio Holmes have done a few to many wake and bakes.

  81. dontstabmeray says: Mar 22, 2012 11:27 AM

    His production was down at the end of the year because Ben was spreading the ball all over the field. Same thing is going to happen this year. Wallace will get his touches, but so will Sanders, Brown, Heath Miller, etc…..His numbers are going to be decent but after this year no one will pay him what he wants. As a Steeler fan I know Antonio Brown has more of an upside. Wallace doesn’t have the best hands in the world (see his complete drop on a perfectly thrown ball in the playoff game). Steelers get a year out of Wallace then he is gone. Steelers pay AB to stay another 5 years.

  82. nardointhenati says: Mar 22, 2012 11:28 AM

    Mike Brown on line 2 Mr. Wallace.

  83. Steeler's Will says: Mar 22, 2012 11:29 AM

    fullhouseofcards says:
    Mar 22, 2012 11:04 AM
    This guy is out of his mind. Fitz has put up those numbers with the likes of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, Kevin Kolb, and John Skelton. I can’t imagine the numbers Fitz would be putting up if the Cardinals had Big Ben as their QB.
    I agree with you, but Fitz had his most productive run (so far) with Kurt Warner throwing to him. In no way do I think this makes an argument for Wallace. Fitz is a proven WR, and has earned big money. Wallace is a fantastic athlete but not in Fitz’s league as a receiver yet.

  84. steelerdynasty2010 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:31 AM

    great plan to stay in pitt…..

    @Stupid Raiders Fan:
    your name says it all… it too late to add “Delusional and” to the front end of that handle?

  85. radrntn says: Mar 22, 2012 11:32 AM

    ok….keep dreaming

  86. bigjdve says: Mar 22, 2012 11:33 AM

    Wow – this guy is really in for a reality check.

  87. dawsonleery says: Mar 22, 2012 11:35 AM

    Wallace is a one trick pony, run deep, catch ball. I’m sorry but you not an elite WR.

  88. astrosfan75956 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:36 AM

    Crazy talk!

  89. steeelfann says: Mar 22, 2012 11:36 AM

    The funniest part of this sotry is yet untold.

    The Steelers will end up extending the contract of Antonio Brown, and then after this year, they will franchise Mike Wallace for the 2013 season.

    Wallace needs to read the tea leaves fast.

    Course, he likely just wants to stay in Pittsburgh, but he might not like how he ends up staying there.

  90. vegaskid21 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:38 AM

    Wallace and Flacco must have the same agent.

  91. bencoates57 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:38 AM

    You can play in New England for Bill Belichick for $1.65 million per year.

  92. aces79 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:39 AM

    I Dont understand what the 49ers are doing i think a QB is a # one priority right now why get all these weapons when Alex Smith cant even throw

  93. 1509lucky says: Mar 22, 2012 11:40 AM

    I want Scarlett Johansen and Kate Upton Naked in a Hot Tub Mike. Lets see who gets their wish first!

  94. nineroutsider says: Mar 22, 2012 11:45 AM

    I say the 9ers try to poach Antonio Brown next year instead; he’s even better than Wallace anyway!

  95. daltex says: Mar 22, 2012 11:49 AM

    Somewhere Fitzgerald is laughing his ass off and shaking his head. Please, son, you aint got that kind of game. One trick pony wanting to get paid like the best in the league? His agent should be fired for not being real with his client.

  96. originalsteelcurtain says: Mar 22, 2012 11:52 AM

    Wallace is way undervalued by many here.

    Look back 45 years, the history of the modern NFL, and you won’t find 10 receivers who have a better combination of yds, YPC, and TD’s than Mike Wallace has after 3 years in the NFL.

    Stellar intangibles: Solid citizen, durable (hasn’t missed a game), NFLs’ “best deep threat” opens up O for everyone else.

    I’ve saved the best for last….Mike Wallace is getting better every year. He came from a weak passing O out of Ole Miss, so he still has a lot of upside.

    Is he worth Fitz money? No, but nobody is.

    At ~$120 mil, he’s priced himself out of the RFA market, so he’ll be back to the Burgh for a year or two.

  97. bayareasportguru says: Mar 22, 2012 11:52 AM

    I’d offer him a 3 year 30 million $ contract and tell him the door is over there if your not interested.

  98. zoidenflak says: Mar 22, 2012 11:53 AM

    I saw this coming.
    The WR diva in him is just starting to bloom.

    Watch the clip of Hines Ward’s 1,000 catch, and look at the pathetic effort Wallace gives to block.

    Fellow Steeler fans enjoy this year at the tender price, then next year on the franchise tag, and then say adios, cause this guy’ll be gone

    [just about the time he’ll lose his really top-end speed, and he becomes just another deep threat]

  99. righthereisay says: Mar 22, 2012 12:01 PM

    He’s going to Denver

  100. jennstergersburnedretinas says: Mar 22, 2012 12:01 PM

    This seems like a carefully calculated plan by the Steelers and Mike Wallace. The Steelers couldn’t use the franchise tag on Wallace and both parties knew this. I imagine that the Steelers said something like “Mike we don’t have the money this year but we’ll have it next year and we’ll give you a fat contract IF you make your salary demands ridiculous.” Wallace is either going to be an UFA, a franchis player (9.4 million for WR this year), or a Steeler with a #1 WR contract.

  101. shaggytoodle says: Mar 22, 2012 12:03 PM

    That would explain why he isn’t getting much action in the market.

  102. 2ndaryinsanity says: Mar 22, 2012 12:08 PM

    Wallace needs to get a grip. He’s not anywhere near Fitz’s level. Hell, he’s not good enough to catch Fitz’s jock strap.

  103. Deb says: Mar 22, 2012 12:22 PM

    And people said we wouldn’t keep Mike Wallace … lol

    Mike, honey, even this diehard Steelers fan doesn’t think you are in a class with Larry Fitgerald.

  104. melikefootball says: Mar 22, 2012 12:25 PM

    Wallace guess what you will be in Pittsburgh this year. What is it with all these players that think and have been made to believe they are so important to a sport and demand unfounded money compared to their skill.

  105. originalsteelcurtain says: Mar 22, 2012 12:25 PM

    bayareasportguru says:
    Mar 22, 2012 11:52 AM
    I’d offer him a 3 year 30 million $ contract and tell him the door is over there if your not interested.


    Do your homework, “guru”.

    Mike is an RFA, the Steelers have made an offer, the 1 yr tender at $2.74 mil.

    When was the last time a Pro Bowl player signed a 3 year contract for their C2? Probably never.

    When Mike signs, it will be for 5-8 years….and for big money.

  106. kingjoe1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:38 PM

    @originalsteelcurtain – 5-8 yrs for BIG money. That is a ridiculous statement. Wallace may end up signing for 5 yrs and 55 million, sure, but that is half what Fitz got. So BIG money to one person is not big money to another.

    Wallace has not shown that he is worth more than 10 mil a year and really hasn’t shown he is worth that much. If Wallace was so darn awesome, he would have been slapped with Exclusive Franchise tag.

  107. dolphins4 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:43 PM

    He must be on drugs.Either that or Hines told him he’d teach him how to chop block if he came back to the Stealers.

  108. bryans49ers says: Mar 22, 2012 12:52 PM

    Who wants more money than Larry Fitzgerald ?

  109. seoulslayer says: Mar 22, 2012 12:53 PM

    Why is it that players put together a couple of good years and think they should be paid the same as the top players at their position..?

    Doesn’t make sense.

  110. reppster says: Mar 22, 2012 12:55 PM

    Mike Wallace had 4,377 yards, 215 receptions and 45 TD’s in Madden 12 doesn’t mean you deserve more money than Larry!

  111. rockbottom37 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:57 PM

    What does he think… Does Chris Carter even have him in his top 5?

  112. steelymcbeam6 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:00 PM

    I’m a steelers fan and this kinda pisses me off. Wallace is a solid receiver but a Fitz he is not. Fitz can catch anything anywhere on the field. Wallace is a one trick pony, albeit a affective one but $120 million for a guy that can run one route?? Absolutely not. Especially with all the WR talent coming out recently. There are big time WRs all over even at small school (ie miles Austin, Marques colston) no mike no!

  113. 49erlifer says: Mar 22, 2012 1:08 PM

    im going to work to tell my boss i need larry fitzgerald money too! I mean im on top of my game in my prime.

  114. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 22, 2012 1:34 PM

    He’s a Steeler, what do you expect? The players and the fans in that cesspool, are all clueless and believe they a 10x better than what is reality. It’s good to have dreams though, just like winning another Lombardi trophy in the next decade. Stay in the Pitts, Mikey you are a good fit there with the rest of the waterheads.

  115. sullijo1 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:37 PM

    You’d think he’d take $15M this year, then $6M a year on a 8 year deal.

    That seems about right…..$63M.

    He’d be $19M better off in ’12 and you never know about injuries.

    I wonder if he’ll hold out.

  116. watermelon1 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:44 PM

    Sorry dude…
    You need to prove you can get open regularly without counting on roethlisberger scrambling for 20 seconds ending up in a
    Broken play where you just end up going deep.

    Good talent, but hasn’t proven he’s worth Larry fitz money yet.

  117. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Mar 22, 2012 1:55 PM

    everyone on Fitz’s jock look at his numbers the last 2 years.

    6 tds
    8 tds

    Santana Moss like numbers

  118. apmn says: Mar 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    Cut him some slack, guys. No one told him that Al Davis died.

  119. sportsking604 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:12 PM

    Just because you’re the fastest doesn’t mean you get paid the most. Wallace, ur a 1-trick pony that needs to learn the nuances of being an elite wr. And be careful cuz one knee tear means u don’t get paid and no more speed bud. Go to broncos n get better

  120. jclii says: Mar 22, 2012 2:20 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I REALLY wish someone would take him away this year so we’ll have an extra pick in the first round. There is NO WAY we EVER give that kind of money to a WR. We won’t even be able to sign him next year because we will still be too close to the cap.

    Please, someone grab him this year.

  121. mistercharitystripe34 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:55 PM

    It’s okay, Buddy Nix from Buffalo will give him that contract next off-season.

  122. 49ersgiants4life says: Mar 22, 2012 3:27 PM

    Is this guy trying to screw over the steelers. This guy is going to be suing the NFL in about 10 years for concussions hahaha

  123. fmwarner says: Mar 22, 2012 4:08 PM

    That’s some Matt Forte-level delusion right there.

  124. erniecohen says: Mar 22, 2012 6:04 PM

    First, I think that an argument can be made that Wallace is as good or better than Fitzgerald. For example, FootballOutsiders has him as much more valuable than Fitzgerald over the last 3 years. (Of course this isn’t quite fair because Wallace has a better QB throwing to him. )

    The problem isn’t that Wallace isn’t as good as Fitzgerald. The problem is that no team in their right mind would pay any receiver Fitzgerald money, including Fitzgerald.

    But all of this is moot. The bottom line is that Wallace realizes that with another great year, he will indeed command mega-money next year as an UFA. On the other hand, he knows that nobody will give him a good 1-2 year contract if they have to give up a first. So he is probably resigned to playing another year for PIT absent some unexpectedly large offer.

    If things do play out this way, kudos to the PIT management for reading the situation correctly. Expect them to release or franchise Wallace next year, and make a first-round tender for Brown.

  125. rodgers419 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:42 PM

    First 3 years in the league

    Wallace – 171 receptions for 3209 yards and 24 tds.
    Fitzgerald – 230 receptions for 3135 yards and 24 tds.

    What are you clowns laughing at?

  126. descendency says: Mar 22, 2012 8:01 PM

    It’s a shame for him that the Redskins got hit with such a large cap hit.

  127. pitt9292 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:00 PM

    HEs not worth Fitz money but he is by far the best deep threat in the game today. 27 rec over 40 yds the last two seasons. Take Wards advice pal and stay for a nice deal In Pittsburgh and play for one of the best Orgs in professional Sports. Chew on that haters.

  128. steelernation1 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:36 PM

    jpbucco says: Mar 22, 2012 10:07 AM

    WRONG!! Antonio brown will be a RESTRICTED free agent next year so the franchise tag will be available to use on Wallace.

    Pay attention please…

    um i would use the franchise tag on Brown next year before i use it on wallace..brown is a way better all around receiver than wallace.Brown is one player i would never let go of if i was the Steelers.

  129. tcoulterjr says: Mar 23, 2012 6:32 PM

    I feel like he put those numbers up because he knew NO ONE would offer him Fitz cheddar. He wants to stay in the ‘Burgh.

  130. pghpa15212 says: Mar 23, 2012 9:59 PM

    Wallace has helped the Steelers in many ways, it will be his decision on whether or not he wants to stay in Pittsburgh.
    But by some of his comments, sounds like he’s only interested in himself, money wise, not how he can help win a Championship.
    I’m sure the Rooneys are thinking, “ask not what your team can do for you, but what you can do for your team”, and consistently do it.

  131. steelerdynasty2010 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:33 AM

    there is no place for facts or stats on these boards…..

    i, for one, think fitz is way overpaid (and now megatron)…and not because they arent good enough for that type of money, they both are, but because of the dependent nature of their position. if you cant protect, or your qb doesnt pull the trigger, or any number of other things, then your $10 mil WR is worthless.

  132. chawk12thman says: Mar 27, 2012 12:05 AM

    Starting high as tactical negotiation is one thing; Starting so high no counter is even possible is another………

  133. tcoulterjr says: Mar 27, 2012 12:24 PM

    I think Mike Wallace is great for Pittsburgh. And I feel like he knows it. Next season, when they have a bit more cap room, he’ll take a reasonable offer. He’s not gonna leave the Steelers unless someone throws a ridiculous amount of cash at him. @Steelerdynasty2010- I completely agree with your statement. I great WR is nothing without a great QB. Maybe that will get us Santonio back someday. Tebow a JET? LMMFAO!!! Tebow.

  134. chadwmiller says: Jun 2, 2012 11:36 PM

    pretty sure that the one thumbs down on every post is mike walace himself! but seriously, with brown, sanders, cotchery, miller and pope. The steelers passing game will be just fine. We will take the first round pick and the cap space. Get some line depth and give Ben a balanced offense for a change.

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