Skip to content

Steelers still want long-term deal with Mike Wallace

Green+Bay+Packers+v+Pittsburgh+Steelers+ax6TtUvCpDfl Getty Images

Mike Wallace is reportedly looking for a king-size contract, but the Steelers remain interested in signing him to a long-term contract this offseason.

That’s the word from team president Art Rooney II, anyway. He told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the team still prefers to get a longer deal done now instead of having Wallace become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012 season.

“The sooner the better as far as we’re concerned but there’s two parties to it,” Rooney said. “We’ll have to see what we agree on so I don’t want to put any particular time frame on it or restrictions on it because these things take time and I wouldn’t want to box myself in on it.”

The two parties part of things that Rooney refers to is likely going to continue to be a problem with getting the deal done. Even if Wallace isn’t shooting for Larry Fitzgerald money, he may be looking for more money than the Steelers feel comfortable with laying out. They have Antonio Brown coming up on restricted free agency next season and keeping both players will take some delicate maneuvering if Wallace gets a huge deal right now.

Rooney didn’t share anything about the state of the negotiations, outside of the fact that they are ongoing, but chances are Wallace will exhaust any and all possibilities of a monster payday before talking only with the Steelers. The Steelers can match any offer made to Wallace and Wallace can also sign his $2.74 million tender for 2012 before becoming an unrestricted free agent next season.

Permalink 51 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Pittsburgh Steelers, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
51 Responses to “Steelers still want long-term deal with Mike Wallace”
  1. nflfollower says: Mar 23, 2012 1:57 PM

    He should just have a great season this year and try to hit FA full speed. That’s what’s best for him. More leverage when there is true competition for his services. Still won’t get anywhere near fitz, I think he told the niners that because he doesn’t want to play with Alex smith.

  2. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Mar 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    but wallace wants fitzgerald type money haha, shut up wallace sign your 4 year 25 mill contract with 10 mill guaranteed and be happy!!

  3. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 23, 2012 2:04 PM

    Honestly, we don’t need him. Is he a great player? Yes. I just think we could take our backups and easily take the Lombardi this year (again). Not worth the $ when we’ll be great anyway.

  4. billsfan27 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:14 PM

    If the Steelers keep Wallace to catch passes, as they should, then who is Rex Ryan gonna sign as his back-up wildcat QB??

  5. nflfollower says: Mar 23, 2012 2:16 PM

    This just in: Wallace doesn’t actually think he’s going to get Fitzgerald money. Just because he told the niners that doesn’t mean he really thinks he can. But would you want the last year of your contract to be in a run first, conservative offense with Alex smith as your qb? Think about it!! Of course he didn’t want san fran to pick him up, he would lose millions in FA cuz his production would go way down. Pretty smart, when u realize his thought process.

  6. daysend564 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:16 PM

    8 years, $120M and he’s yours!

  7. bengalguy says: Mar 23, 2012 2:19 PM

    Aging Defense…..terrible OLine…starting RB coming off ACL repair…lots of players gone in FA!!!!
    Your right Steelersnation, why wouldnt you think youll win it all??????
    DILUSIONAL

  8. msstiller58 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:22 PM

    I agree. Brown and Sanders can burn it up. Plus there will be some good new talent picked up – there always is.

  9. gary15217 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:24 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if they get a first round pick for him and grab
    Dontari Poe.

  10. ralzdmann says: Mar 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    I like Walllace and all, but all he does is catch quick screens and run go-routes…

  11. humbleminded85 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 23, 2012 2:04 PM

    Honestly, we don’t need him. Is he a great player? Yes. I just think we could take our backups and easily take the Lombardi this year (again). Not worth the $ when we’ll be great anyway.
    —————————————————
    They may sign him, they may not.

    They may sign him, and let Brown test the market next year, the may not.

    They may change their uniform colors next year,
    or they may not.

    There are plenty of things that could happen in the wide world of sports, one thing that is 100% for sure is that what ever the Pittsburgh Steelers decide to do, it won’t involve you nor will it make you any less of the pompous little man that you are. See the Steelers are successful, so if your gonna depict your life off a Pittsburgh team, maybe you should change your name to #1PirateFan

  12. 92and94and51and56 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:43 PM

    bengalguy says:
    Mar 23, 2012 2:19 PM
    Aging Defense…..terrible OLine…starting RB coming off ACL repair…lots of players gone in FA!!!!
    Your right Steelersnation, why wouldnt you think youll win it all??????
    DILUSIONAL

    —————————————————-

    Spoken like a true Bengal fan.

  13. house068 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:46 PM

    bengalguy says:
    Mar 23, 2012 2:19 PM
    Aging Defense…..terrible OLine…starting RB coming off ACL repair…lots of players gone in FA!!!!
    Your right Steelersnation, why wouldnt you think youll win it all??????
    DILUSIONAL

    ——————————————–
    Riiiigggttttt because your team knows anything about winning a Super Bowl?

    The aging defense is actually getting younger. The Oline isn’t great but 53 is a probowler and you have a 2nd year tackle ready to make the jump this year. The back up running backs will be better by committee. The only real question is if Wallace is coming back?

    They are probably going to return 9 starters on O (assuming Wallace returns) and 9 starters on D.

    On O they won’t have Max Starks at tackle and Mendenhall. So 4 out of 5 Olinemen, 3 rec, TE, and QB. Yeah… thats horrible.

    On D they have both FS and SS, CB (depending on Willie Gay), 3 out of 4 LBs although Farrior wasn’t starting at the end of the year anyway, and all the Dline returning and getting better.

    Sounds like an awful team. If you want to argue depth then go for it but your argument that this team couldn’t get to the Super Bowl is rediculous. They are one of 5 teams in the AFC that have a good chance (Pats, Ravens, Houston, Steelers, Broncos) everone else is just trying to get better.

  14. KIR says: Mar 23, 2012 2:51 PM

    If you compare their first three years, Wallace stats are better than Fitzgerald. Not saying he’s better but that is a fact

  15. dontstabmeray says: Mar 23, 2012 3:00 PM

    Aging Defense…..terrible OLine…starting RB coming off ACL repair…lots of players gone in FA!!!!
    Your right Steelersnation, why wouldnt you think youll win it all??????
    DILUSIONAL

    _______________________________

    I’m going to cut you a break man because I can tell your in 5th grade. The correct spelling is
    “delusional”
    Aging defense? Look at the new line up, it is now an average to below average in age defense.
    Our starting RB is Ike Redman btw…..
    Which players left in FA?

    Have fun watching the Bungles next year.

  16. goldrush36 says: Mar 23, 2012 3:04 PM

    nflfollower says: Mar 23, 2012 2:16 PM

    This just in: Wallace doesn’t actually think he’s going to get Fitzgerald money. Just because he told the niners that doesn’t mean he really thinks he can. But would you want the last year of your contract to be in a run first, conservative offense with Alex smith as your qb? Think about it!! Of course he didn’t want san fran to pick him up, he would lose millions in FA cuz his production would go way down. Pretty smart, when u realize his thought process.

    _____________________________________________

    Except Wallace himself said if he couldn’t get a deal in Pittsburgh…. he could see himself in San Francisco or New England. This was long before Manning ever became a free agent too so nice try. Maybe do some research next time. Now on the money front… maybe the team is using that as an excuse to quiet the fan base bringing Wallace up 30 times a day? The only thing is he hasn’t disputed it yet lol

  17. goldrush36 says: Mar 23, 2012 3:09 PM

    KIR says: Mar 23, 2012 2:51 PM

    If you compare their first three years, Wallace stats are better than Fitzgerald. Not saying he’s better but that is a fact

    ______________________________________________

    Hell of a player…. would love to have him at a fair price, but there is 2 things that separate Fitgerald and Megatron from Wallace other than size. 1. They are both complete route runners and are very detailed in it whereas Wallace needs work there. They will also go get the ball if it is even remotely near them. Like I said though I’d still take Wallace in a New York minute because he is young and he can still be groomed to fit any scheme. Just not at Fitz’s price

  18. house068 says: Mar 23, 2012 3:12 PM

    KIR says:
    Mar 23, 2012 2:51 PM
    If you compare their first three years, Wallace stats are better than Fitzgerald. Not saying he’s better but that is a fact

    ————————————–
    They are almost identical acutally. Fitz has more catches, Wallace has slightly more yards and they have the same number of TDs. Problem with that is Wallace has Ben in his prime. Fitz did not.

    04 – Josh McCown
    05- Warner for 10
    06- Leinart for 12

  19. jobotjones says: Mar 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    bengalguy says: Mar 23, 2012 2:19 PM

    Aging Defense…..terrible OLine… starting RB coming off ACL repair…lots of players gone in FA!!!! Your right Steelersnation, why wouldnt you think youll win it all?????? DILUSIONAL
    ————-
    this coming from a bungles fan? give me a break…

  20. holdthemayo123 says: Mar 23, 2012 3:26 PM

    Big talk from fans of a team that got knocked out of the playoffs by freakin Tebow

  21. twigsandberries says: Mar 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    come on Rooney/Colbert – get it done

  22. Deb says: Mar 23, 2012 3:30 PM

    Hey, bengalguy, who do you jokers think you’re kidding? If you weren’t threatened by the Steelers, you wouldn’t need to come to every Steelers thread trying to reassure yourselves the team is fading.

    We’ve got more young players on defense than older players. We’ve made adjustments on o-line and will be making still more in camp. And we have people behind Mendenhall who are as capable or more capable than he was. Wallace wasn’t even our top receiver last season, so I’m fine whichever way it goes with him. We’ve finally brought in an offensive coordinator who, well, knows how to coordinate an offense.

    We were in the Super Bowl in 2010 and went 12-4 last year. Yeah … we’re done. :lol:

  23. clayton43 says: Mar 23, 2012 3:37 PM

    Let Wallace walk.. I dont want the Steelers paying him anywhere close to Fitz money or any other top tier WR money. In my view, alot of times it is the QB who makes the WR and in this case I do believe it is Big Ben who has made Wallace. Wallace doesnt go and grab the ball or make Fitz catches. He runs in stride and that is about it. I love him playing for the Steelers, but I would rather him play elsewhere and spend that money elsewhere between 2 or 3 guys where we need help. Receivers come and go…look at the ones we havee let walk or F/A and Brown is an example off that.. As long as we have Ben or any team has a pretty good QB, he will make the WR’s better and have good stats.

  24. dexterismyhero says: Mar 23, 2012 3:38 PM

    @dontstabmeray says:Mar 23, 2012 3:00 PM

    Aging Defense…..terrible OLine…starting RB coming off ACL repair…lots of players gone in FA!!!!
    Your right Steelersnation, why wouldnt you think youll win it all??????
    DILUSIONAL

    _______________________________

    I’m going to cut you a break man because I can tell your in 5th grade. The correct spelling is
    “delusional”
    Aging defense? Look at the new line up, it is now an average to below average in age defense.
    Our starting RB is Ike Redman btw…..
    Which players left in FA?

    Have fun watching the Bungles next year.
    =================================
    Not a Bengal or Steeler fan, but why don’t you correct your guy, also in the 5th grade, with the spelling of ridiculous……Stooge

  25. mikemyditka says: Mar 23, 2012 3:43 PM

    Perhaps the best case scenario for the Steelers is Wallace signing the tender this year and then tagging him next year…

    But I think the true market for him is in the Desean Jackson range, not the Fitzgerald range.

  26. engymass2 says: Mar 23, 2012 3:47 PM

    Wallace is faster than Fitz and can therefore get open easier. I’ve seen him get behind EVERY defender that’s ever been on him, but Ben often mis-throws the ball. I bet Wallace could do just as good as Fitz if Ben was a better passer.

  27. KIR says: Mar 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    Receivers come and go…
    _________________________

    You know absolutely nothing about football. Great receivers do not come and go.

  28. KIR says: Mar 23, 2012 3:52 PM

    @clayton43

    …………Receivers come and go…
    _________________________

    You know absolutely nothing about football. Great receivers do not come and go.

  29. nbaraie says: Mar 23, 2012 3:59 PM

    He is a RFA. Period. His union voted for this CBA. It is ridiculous for him to think that a team will give him a monster contract AND part with a 1st rd. pick. Sign your 1 year tender, and get your payday next year Mike.

  30. mikemyditka says: Mar 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    Everytime the Steelers are written off they exceed expectations, so Im sure they are happy to hear a bengal’s fan pre-draft assessment of them is negative.

    With the retirement of ward, the Steelers have the youngest offense in the AFC now. Their “old” defense still was ranked #1 last year and they are re-loading with youth on the defensive side as well.

    Now some weaker links are gone. Farrior wasnt the same player anymore, everyone knew that. Stevenson Sylvester is a name to watch at ILB, as he is a bit of a Timmons clone, which is scary to think about.

    A DL rotation of Hood, Kiesel, Hampton and Heyward plus a possible high draft pick into the mix will still be formidable and get the job done.

    The real question is whether Harrison & Woodley can be on the field together, because they only finished 6 games together last year. Those guys are special and are hard to replace.

  31. steeelfann says: Mar 23, 2012 4:10 PM

    Doesn’t matter;

    They will have him this year, they will franchise him next year;

    They will sign Antonio Brown to long term contract;

    They had youngest offense in NFL last year;

    They have Willie Colon coming back with fresh legs after 2 years of rest. Last season he played, Willie was one of most effective lineman in NFL, look it up.

    They have Gilbert going over to Left Tackle and he started last year as rookie;

    Pouncey is already a starting pro bowler at center;

    Harrison and Woodley will play together this year for most of the year unlike last year;

    Our 2 young corners will continue to rise as they did last year;

    The Steelers were number 1 (again) in defense last year;

    The offense will improve with Haley, especially in the red zone.

    The Steelers and Pats have been in 8 out of the last 11 Super Bowls. There is a reason for that. And that reason will continue. You don’t have to like it. But you may have to accept it.

  32. house068 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    KIR says:
    Mar 23, 2012 3:51 PM
    Receivers come and go…
    _________________________

    You know absolutely nothing about football. Great receivers do not come and go.

    ———————————–
    So this makes someone know nothing about football? The last time the Steelers had two top talents they let one go. They went on to win 2 titles a few years later.

    Jerry Rice played for several teams. Montana won his first ring without him. It is a truth. Receivers do come and go.

  33. KIR says: Mar 23, 2012 4:29 PM

    house068 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    KIR says:
    Mar 23, 2012 3:51 PM
    Receivers come and go…
    _________________________

    You know absolutely nothing about football. Great receivers do not come and go.

    ———————————–
    So this makes someone know nothing about football? The last time the Steelers had two top talents they let one go. They went on to win 2 titles a few years later.

    Jerry Rice played for several teams. Montana won his first ring without him. It is a truth. Receivers do come and go.
    ___________________

    Super Bowl, blah, blah, blah is an Irrelevant comment applied to a position. I can name teams who didn’t have a top LB, LT, Guard, Center, Safetly CB ect.. went who to the Super Bowl.

  34. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 23, 2012 4:46 PM

    Wallace is clearly not to worried about being a steelerat this point. Its about the money, not about the team or fans in the Pitts.. I’m sure he see the direction the team is going, which is down to the bottom of the AFC North. The bengals and browns will shift the balance of power for the next decade as teh decrepid ratbids and stoolers decline rapidly. Looking forward to seeing the steelers fall from playoff caliber to full on rebuild mode.

  35. broncosfan29 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    steelernationsparksjealousy says:
    Mar 23, 2012 2:04 PM

    Honestly, we don’t need him. Is he a great player? Yes. I just think we could take our backups and easily take the Lombardi this year (again). Not worth the $ when we’ll be great anyway.

    ————————————————–

    Really?? Kind of like last year when the steelers got TEBOWED out of the playoffs???

  36. majorseahawk says: Mar 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    I heard he wants more than what Fitz got. Good luck with that!

  37. pitt9292 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:52 PM

    Well said steelfann. The Steelers should not break the bank on wallace who should take Hines Wards advice. He does deserve a deal I would say in the neighborhood of a little better than D Jack cause he is better than D jack. This way we can keep Brown next yr and b set. All the haters want the Steelers to b done but dont bet on it.

  38. flaccounibrow says: Mar 23, 2012 4:54 PM

    bengalguy says:Mar 23, 2012 2:19 PM

    Aging Defense…..terrible OLine…starting RB coming off ACL repair…lots of players gone in FA!!!!
    Your right Steelersnation, why wouldnt you think youll win it all??????
    DILUSIONAL
    _______________________________
    I was going to tear you a new one, but it’s been taken care of. Seriuosly a Bengal fan? Your team hasn’t been good since Boomer was at the helm. The Black and Gold are right there year in and year out….

  39. premiumpit says: Mar 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    Please sign this guy…I dont wanna lose him…

  40. Deb says: Mar 23, 2012 5:01 PM

    @broncosfan29 …

    Personally, I think “pride goes before a fall” was a good lesson for our team last season. Bet they won’t underestimate the next mediocre QB they face … just like you won’t underestimate the next Hall of Famer the way you did Brady.

  41. pittsteel says: Mar 23, 2012 5:08 PM

    Wallace streaches the field. His deep threat opens up the passing game when wallace is taking a corner and a safety downfield. Thats why Brown had such a great season. Brown will miss wallace!!!!!!!

  42. lionking1071 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:48 PM

    Wallace is no different then a desean jackson, fitzgerald and megatron r so ahead of wallace in terms of dominating its sick. wallace is talented and a great wr but he is not worth anymore than what jackson n jackson just signed. also rumor has it that detroit is in talks with carolina about a deal for johnthan strwart.

  43. steeltuff says: Mar 23, 2012 6:41 PM

    If Art Rooney II says they’re trying to lock him up before he becomes a UFA, then you better believe they are trying to, since this organization usually doesn’t make comments about intents to sign players. It may not ultimately happen, but the team has his services for 2012 . . . who knows what may happen down the road? Having Brown and Sanders ain’t too shabby either.

  44. steel2372 says: Mar 23, 2012 8:53 PM

    If the Rooney family is trying to get a deal done, then they will do everything they can to try get a deal done. We def need Jerricho back however. Brown and Saunders and Cotchery wouldnt be too bad.

  45. steel2372 says: Mar 23, 2012 8:59 PM

    bengalguy says:
    Mar 23, 2012 2:19 PM
    Aging Defense…..terrible OLine…starting RB coming off ACL repair…lots of players gone in FA!!!!
    Your right Steelersnation, why wouldnt you think youll win it all??????
    DILUSIONAL

    Give me a break! Defense is getting younger and will still dominate for years to come. Watch Redman when the bengals play the Steelers next year. I think you are gonna be surprised at our running game. Steelers will continue to be there every year get used to it

  46. steel2372 says: Mar 23, 2012 9:00 PM

    well said steeltuff

  47. youreinsteelercountry says: Mar 23, 2012 11:21 PM

    wallace is very talented, but he’s no hines ward.

    A tribute to Hines Ward. Happy Retirement, Hines!!! http://youreinsteelercountry.com/index.php/videos/1/150/hines-ward-ultimate-career-highl Our Video of the week–click on the link!

  48. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2012 12:18 PM

    Do the Steelers know they were swept by the Ravens. They better get used to that feeling. It’s going to happen again this year.

  49. steel2372 says: Mar 25, 2012 2:18 PM

    Not gonna happen! We will always compete when it comes to the Ravens and any other team in the AFC North.

  50. steel2372 says: Mar 25, 2012 2:20 PM

    The two teams have met in the postseason three times, all resulting in Steelers wins.

    How soon you forget Ravenator!

  51. ravenator says: Mar 25, 2012 3:26 PM

    It won’t matter when the Steelers fail to make the postseason, and the credit card bill needs to be paid.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!