Report: Steelers won’t trade Mike Wallace “at any point”

AP

Citing team sources, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers will not trade unsigned holdout wide receiver Mike Wallace “at any point this season.”

Dulac’s report also notes that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is “no longer supportive” of Wallace as he angles for a long-term deal. Pittsburgh wound up giving a contract it originally proposed to Wallace — or at least most of it — to fellow receiver Antonio Brown.

Per Dulac, the Steelers are willing to wait “several weeks” to see if Wallace caves. The organization does not anticipate Wallace reporting before it departs from St. Vincent College on August 18, and the Steelers appear to be just fine with that.

The Post-Gazette story is the latest in a string of strong signals from the Steelers that the club will not relent and meet Wallace’s contractual demands. G.M. Kevin Colbert recently told 93.7 in Pittsburgh that the Steelers will continue to stand their ground until Wallace signs his one-year, $2.742 million tender and reports to club headquarters.

62 responses to “Report: Steelers won’t trade Mike Wallace “at any point”

  1. If this were Mike Browns doing people would be calling him cheap and blaming all of this on him… The reason I say this is because it’s very similar to how the Bengals have handled situations like this in the past..

  2. Why is Wallace fighting this giant? There is absolutely no good outcome for him while hes holding out. Steelers fans are over him already and it sounds like Tomlin and the Steelers are too. You’re a WR on a team with a great QB. You touch the ball 4 times a game. Sign the tender and see what happens. Its pretty obvious what happens if you continue to sit at home.

  3. If Wallace ever leaves the steelers will regret signing Brown. Wallace is clearly the better option out of the two. Browns success is entirely because Wallace is on the other side of the field.

    “Against New England, the Pats consistently placed two to three defenders in Wallace’s vicinity. Bill Belichick was worried about him.”

    -Evan Silva
    “We have football”

  4. Wait a minute, Wallace has been more productive in his first three years than Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Marvin Harrison, and Terrell Owens were and he’s somehow overplaying his hand? He’s certainly proven to be worth more than $2.7 million he’s get by signing his tender or even Vincent Jackson’s contract. He’s not a fool, people, look at how New England has treated Wes Welker, Wallace knows he needs to cash in as soon as he can, especially since he was vastly underpaid his first 3 seasons compared to his production on the field.

  5. Meanwhile yhe rest of the team is learning the new Haley offense and not missing Wallace in the least. You lose dude.

  6. This string of articles claiming the steelers will stand their ground and won’t trade Wallace shows desperation on their part. To all these steeler fans claiming you don’t need Wallace, you are in total denial. Wallace just wants to show how mediocre the other recievers are when he’s not on the field. By the end of preseason Colbert and the steelers FO will be working on a fat new contract for Mike. If not he won’t be back till week 11 simply because the Brown contract was a slap in his face.

  7. tonyugoh says:Aug 7, 2012 8:12 PM

    Wait a minute, Wallace has been more productive in his first three years than Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Marvin Harrison, and Terrell Owens were and he’s somehow overplaying his hand? He’s certainly proven to be worth more than $2.7 million he’s get by signing his tender or even Vincent Jackson’s contract. He’s not a fool, people, look at how New England has treated Wes Welker, Wallace knows he needs to cash in as soon as he can, especially since he was vastly underpaid his first 3 seasons compared to his production on the field.

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    Mike is it you?

  8. Come on Mike W, just cave and get to camp. The steelers want players who want to win superbowl bowls and not see how much they can squeeze out of the organization. Your wasting time, its not gonna happen in the Burgh. The Front office is going about it the right way. I wouldn’t trade him under no circumstances.

  9. Love the steeler fans that typically give thumbs down to anyone not spouting the party line, no matter how much sense they make. No, MWallace, dosn’t $uck, isn’t a one trick pony and the steelers are not better off without him. We’ll see how ABrown does as the #1 WR . steelers may be correct holding the line and making policy, but Wallace would be crazy to come in before wk 10 and play for that kind of $, risking injury for relative peanuts. Just as LMankins and VJackson, Wallace can sit, walk for nothing in the offseason and get a big payday, with 25mil guaranteed.

  10. Oh c’mon Mike Brown is cheap. He won’t hire any scouting personnel. The whole entire scouting team is one person: Mike Brown. Another delusional Bengals fan lol.

  11. Steelers are saying this so Mike Wallace will report. If there’s any possibility of a trade, then Wallace will continue to hold out and force a transaction. Shrewd move by Steelers front office.

  12. @andrejohnson4prez

    Last time they played, health miller abused the middle of the field. If they did roll coverage to Wallace, Heath miller benefitted the most. It’s common knowledge that brown is a superior route runner. Wallace is known for his speed. That’s it!

  13. hahaha…the Steelers are finished. A QB that’s always “injured,” an aging defense, a questionable offensive line…

    3rd in the division at best.

  14. Tony. U are right he deserves more money. An the Steelers always take care of their young talent. But he has to sign the tender to negotiate. If he signs the Steelers will take care of him.

  15. tonyugoh says: Aug 7, 2012 8:12 PM

    Wait a minute, Wallace has been more productive in his first three years than Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Marvin Harrison, and Terrell Owens were and he’s somehow overplaying his hand? He’s certainly proven to be worth more than $2.7 million he’s get by signing his tender or even Vincent Jackson’s contract. He’s not a fool, people, look at how New England has treated Wes Welker, Wallace knows he needs to cash in as soon as he can, especially since he was vastly underpaid his first 3 seasons compared to his production on the field.
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    It is a business! You pay the least you can for the best players you can get and Brown was a team player and got rewarded. Wallace is being a diva thinking that he is all that! He IS NOT all that! He isn’t great like Welker V-Jax, A. johnson let alone a Fitz. Get into camp and learn the new offense and be a star….Then you get the contract you wanted. But Brown is getting paid more than you this year! Because he produced more than you last year! 1000 yds vs 2000 yds total offense who wins?

  16. Steelers think they are special and all their players should take hometown discounts…lol

  17. The fastest guy in the NFL, his stats were better than Fitz’s at the same time in his career, has never missed a game or had an injury, doesn’t get busted for DUI or domestic violence… pay the man !

  18. if someone offered a 5/50 million dollar you left on the table.they offered to ab and he takes a 6/42 and they still want to work at a deal once you sign your tender ?and you still hold out ? i’m confused!!!!!

  19. Antonio Brown is not suited to be a #1 wr nor is Emmanual Sanders the steelers will be hurting without Wallace.

  20. Hopefully Wallace realizes the Steelers aren’t going to cave, signs his tender and gets his butt into camp.

  21. Reminds me of the Chris Johnson situation.

    When he finally signed he had a lousy year.

    Also will be very lucky if he doesn’t get injured.

  22. It you want to see how a REAL STEELER handles his business . Look no further than Lamarr Woodley . He played out his rookie deal and then got paid handsomely . If Woodley can play for 580,000 and not complain . Did his job and got a 50 million contract . Why cant Wallace ? We all know LB’s are more important to the Steelers than WR’s . If you act with class and do a good job you will be rewarded . Wallace hasnt learned it yet .

  23. What do the Steelers have without Mike Wallace?
    A back-up Running Back. A couple slot receivers. A Quarterback who wins games because he has a good defense and has never had a great statistical season in his career. An over-age, slow, Tight End who probably should already be out of the league. A bunch of unproven rookies on an already suspect Offensive Line. It actually sort of reminds me of last years Browns.

    They should definitely just continue to treat Wallace like a jerk, it’s going to get them to the Super Bowl for sure. They are going to be much better without him.

  24. Tomlin “no longer supportive” Things really have gone south

    60 minutes better recognize that Pittsburgh will stand their ground unlike other team a la “da classless jets”

  25. Cincinasti,

    The steelers annually spend to the cap limit, and always give their own players large extensions (ben, timmons, woodley, harrison, pola, etc.), so they are not cheap.

    The steelers have a history of not bending at all when it comes to negotiating with a player holding out (see ward, hines). When a player does not show up, even when they have been in talks, they tell them theyre done talking until the player reports.

    Wallace, i guess, didnt do his homework o wasnt counting on them sticking to their policies.

    The steelers arent going to reward a holdout with a trade or fat contract, or else it sets a precedent. I must say, i fully agree with management here.

  26. Wallace is in the right. He outperformed his contract and deserves a new one. The Steelers, or any other team, wouldnt hesitate to cut him if he was underperforming. And plus, is this tender even a franchise tag? I dont think so. Next year they would turn around and franchise him.

  27. @mgavin78 …

    It’s not about being cheap. The Steelers have cap issues. Even so, they offered Wallace an excellent long-term contract based on his market value–and no other team offered him better. But he wants more than his market value, and it’s a foolish team that overpays.

    If Wallace signed his one-year tender, he’d make $2.75 million this season, play on a contending team that’s well-televised, and enhance his value on the open market for next year. It’s a win/win for him. Instead he’s chosen to signal every G.M. in the league that he’s a prima donna. He’ll sit out a year, then have to compete on the market with top NFL and NCAA free agents and draftees coming off hot seasons. He’s just cutting off his nose to spite his face.

  28. cincinasty says:

    If this were Mike Browns doing people would be calling him cheap and blaming all of this on him… The reason I say this is because it’s very similar to how the Bengals have handled situations like this in the past.

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    The big difference is the Steelers have a long history of success with their personnel decisions while the Bengals do not.

    (Oh, and a trophy case crammed full of Lombardi’s and Lamar Hunt Trophies)

  29. Steeley McBeam says:
    Aug 7, 2012 7:43 PM
    You’re a WR on a team with a great QB. .

    Huh! when did the Steelers get a Great QB?

  30. Tony ugh says:

    “look at how New England has treated Wes Welker”

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    Exactly, Welker wants a new contract but the Pats ignored him until he got his butt to camp. The same thing the Steelers are doing with Wallace. The difference is Welker realized he had no leverage, Wallace seems to have yet to figure that out.

  31. mw needs to stand his ground and hope Steelers don’t produce on the field. come back play well and leave. if Steelers franchise a disgruntled player nothing will g

  32. mgavin78 says:

    “Steelers are cheap”

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    Apparently you haven’t noticed they spend up to the cap limit every season. They’re not unwilling to give Wallace a new deal, they just never negotiate with anyone that has one year left on his contract and refuses to report to camp. Hines Ward was the last to try it and he eventually caved, reported to camp, and got a new deal from the Steelers a week later. It’s Wallace’s move.

  33. Well first off Mike Wallace was a restricted free agent. I believe that his ability to sign and hold a contract against the Steelers ended in either June or before the draft.

    Wallace is a one trick pony that plays that trick very well. He does demand coverage on slants and hooks, however his lack of looks on those routes. Makes me wonder if he can not control his speed or can not catch in coverage.

    When he was a rookie and no one knew he was, they used to run him on end arounds like Stewart was used in the beginning. He ran one that was awesome against Cleveland inside the five, did not score but awesome run.

    I think the young man is over playing his hand a year too soon. Or he knows that he is limited and this was his one shot. Either way at this point he is only hurting himself by holding out.

  34. Without Wallace, defenses will be able to double team Brown rendering him useless. Defenses sure ain’t scared of Pitt’s running game either. Can see a lot 13-10 ball games this year and can definitely see the Steelers missing the playoffs. 8-8

  35. If this were Mike Browns doing people would be calling him cheap and blaming all of this on him… The reason I say this is because it’s very similar to how the Bengals have handled situations like this in the past..

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    To be honest, that’s pretty standard on this site. If one of the trendy or successful franchises (like the Steelers, Patriots or Packers) take a stand against a player it is always given a fair shout, whereas if one of the less trendy franchises (like the Browns, Bengals or Jaguars) do the same thing then it is deemed to be cheap or shooting themselves in the foot.

    This is despite the fact that it makes more sense for less successful teams to take a stand. If MJD sits out the season and the Jags go 2-14 instead of 4-12 it makes much less difference than if the Steelers go 9-7 instead of 10-6.

  36. All you Wallace haters are idiots. You said the same ting about Randy Moss when he was traded to New England “He’s only a speed receiver”. He went on to set records. Wallace has the Moss effect on that team. He screws up a defensive scheme. And Brown will benefit all day. Stop the Wes Welker comparisons. He’s s slot receiver, not a number one. He faces the worst corner on the opposing team every week. Which is exactly why Brown looked so good.

  37. Wallace is a one-trick pony who’s able to run deep in straight line and beat the coverage over the top and for that he wants Fitz money? Stop it dude you’re just making yourself look stupid…I agree that he deserves a raise because he has talent but this is not the right way to get what you want…Go out on the field and add some more to your game and make yourself more valuable to the team

  38. Oh, Mike Wallace, that receiver that held out and ended up playing two seasons for the Cleve Clowns until he received his career ending back injury against the Steelers back in 2014? Yeah, I remember that dude. I’ll bet he’s damn sorry he didn’t just sign with the Steelers!

  39. OK, all of you people that are criticizing the Steelers for not paying Wallace, answer this question:

    Is he worth Fitz money? Or Megatron?

    Or how about this question:

    Would you pay a highly talented player on your team 30% over fair market value?

    Yeah, I thought so. Of course the Steelers are a better team with Wallace. I don’t think he is a “one trick pony”, but he isn’t God’s gift to WR’s either. He is very good, and so is Brown. But Wallace is playing this all wrong. The Steelers made a nice offer, and would have likely improved it and signed him already if he came in. Instead, they gave Brown a nice deal, and yet he still stays out. The Steelers have a long history of generally paying fair value for players they want to keep. IMO Wallace is blowing this. If he doesn’t show up until late in the season he will make no impact and be a big loser in the net with money. His agent could have gotten insurance in case of injury. So yes I would like to see Wallace play as a Steeler, but if not, life goes on. It always does.

    GO STEELERS!!

  40. So if the Steelers are “cheap,” then why are they always near the salary cap?

    By the way, many people still don’t want to believe this, but Ben Roethlisberger is actually a good enough QB that he doesn’t need a freak WR like Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald in order for him to be productive. He had the fourth-highest passer rating in the NFL with Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El and Cedrick Wilson as his top three targets in 2005.

  41. skinsfanwill says:

    All you Wallace haters are idiots. … He faces the worst corner on the opposing team every week. Which is exactly why Brown looked so good.
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    I’m not a Wallace hater and always want players to get every dime they’re worth. But Wallace has painted himself into a corner. First, he wants more than he’s worth, and the Steelers simply can’t afford it with their cap limitations. Second, the Steelers have a long-standing policy of not overpaying receivers because they only touch the ball a few times per game and are too easily replaced. Third, the Steelers won’t negotiate with players who fail to report once camp starts.

    When you play negotiating hardball, you have to understand your counterpart. Clearly, Wallace and his agent don’t. That’s mind-boggling since I’m only a fan and have understood those fundamental rules about the Steelers for many, many years.

    And your argument about Wallace drawing the coverage can equally be made about Brown. They made each other look good.

  42. I don’t really think Mike Wallace ever thought he was going to be paid like Larry Fitzgerald. It’s the kind of statement that fans hear once and latch onto for the rest of time. It’s annoying actually. However, he probably wants to be paid more than Vincent Jackson and Desean Jackson because he is better than both of them. If I were him I’d sit out until that idiot GM of the Steelers makes it happen.

  43. For those that think Wallace is a one trick pony, he “one tricked ponied” his way to a better record than Larry Fitzgerald at this same time in Fitz’s career, has gotten behind EVERY DB in the league (but Big Ben fails to throw passes correctly to him to take advantage of this). AND the # 1 deep threat in the NFL… If his hands improve just a little… watch out !!!

  44. Wallace has the opportunity to continue playing for a contender. He’s already been to a Super Bowl with the Steelers. In fact, he had a potential glory moment. If memory serves, The Steelers had about 2 & a half minutes to go in the game, on or around their 20, which is Ben’s comfort zone. He all but ignored an open Hines Ward and Heath Miller and repeatedly threw to Wallace, to no avail. I’m not sure who’s fault that was, but Wallace missed his moment. If I’m wrong about this, please refresh my memory.

  45. Wallace is only hurting himself with this holdout. If it extends into October, he’ll be fortunate to get the $42mil Brown signed for, much less the $50 mil the Steelers offered him, from another team next year.

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