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Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:09 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 12:21 am
Pittsburgh might decide to tender Wallace, a restricted free agent, instead of franchise tagging him. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

A day after announcing that they would cut Hines Ward, the Steelers are leaving themselves open for the possibility of another receiver leaving the team.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Steelers will tender -- and not franchise tag -- restricted free agent Mike Wallace.

Wallace is coming off a 72-catch, 1,193-yard, eight-touchdown season in Pittsburgh, where he led the team in all categories. He’s also one of the NFL’s best deep receiver threats, averaging 18.7 yards per catch in his three-year career. At this point, he’s a star in the making.

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The Steelers apparently will place a first-round tender on Wallace, but considering Pittsburgh’s salary-cap problems -- how many times is Ben Roethlisberger going to have to restructure his contract, anyway? -- it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another squad swoop in and offer Wallace a deal the Steelers can’t match.

The franchise tag would cost the Steelers about $9.4 million for 2012, and there’s little chance for the math to work. Pittsburgh now has to hope Wallace isn’t seen by the rest of the league as worthy of a first-round pick.

The Steelers claimed during the combine that they want Wallace to finish his career in Pittsburgh, as general manager Kevin Colbert said, “We think he's only scratched the surface in what he can do. There's a lot left there that still can be developed and we're anxious to see it happen as a Steeler."

But if the Steelers do, in fact, decide to tender Wallace instead of tag him, the chances of that actually happening will grow slimmer.

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Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:52 pm

Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

Releasing Ward, as newsworthy as it was, is understanding.  In addition to his athletic abilities starting to age, I think it is safe to assume that the concussions have caught up with him as well.  (Remember, Ward was taking shots and getting up with a smile years before the NFL got concerned).
The team also appears to be making an effort toward getting younger.  Aaron Smith and James Farrior have been legitimate contributors to this champsionship quatlity team.  However, their contributions have became minimal given injury and age.
With that said, the tender move on Wallace does not make sense. &nbs
p;Even with cap issues, they need to make it work and sign him.  He has made significant improvements year to year.  Losing him could be the beginning of a complete turnover for this team. 
The Steelers are infamous for replacing pro-bowl linebackers and offensive lineman.  They have historically lined up running back after running back who follow in Steel Town tradition.  They have been less successful in building receiving groups.  Therefore, in the same week, they cannot release one of their greatest receivers and invite other team to take their developing superstar.


Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:32 pm

Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

DawgMeat.  You are pathetic.  How can you come on here to seriously trash the Steelers?  You are a BROWNS fan!  Your jealousy of our organization and championships show through.  Our team is not in shambles, it is getting younger. I am sure if I went through your posts over the past season,  you called the Steelers over the hill at some point.  Now, they are doing something about it and you say we are in shambles.  Bottom line is, we still have two guaranteed wins against your pathetic team next year already.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:28 pm

Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

Wallace's production dropped drastically once Brown emerged in the second half of the season.  This is a great move for the Steelers.  Now, he can test the free agency market, and allow the Steelers to match any offer.  If someone way overpays for him and they don't match, then we get a first rounder.  To me, it is a no lose situation.  We still have Brown and Sanders who will be very productive.  The Steelers are getting younger very quickly and making the right decisions for the team.

Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:05 am

Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

Here are my thoughts on both Wallace and Ward.  Tender Wallace, hopefully for another FIRST round draft choice.  Use one of the two picks, perhaps by moving up, to assure getting a player you really WANT, not just hoping he'll be there come number 24.  Remember, you still have Antonio Brown, another speed burner with better than average hands.  I know his production was down in the second half of last year, and part of that was ATTITUDE, realizing he was losing, or did lose, his stature as the number one deep receiver on offense to Wallace.  That will be an added bonus to the second 'first round draft choice'.  And now the scenario on Ward.  It's predicated upon restructuring his contract, which he has already let be very publicly known he would do.  Offer him a 3 million signing bonus, adding that to a much rejuvenated cap structure.  Change him from wide receiver to tight end (he may need to bulk up a little).  And use him to your BEST BENEFIT, as a BLOCKER first and foremost, and a very dependable, tight-route-running, go-to clutch receiver, especially inside the 10 yard line.  You can also motion him to the backfield to fortify blocking on runs and long pass plays.  Hines Ward has at least two years versatility left in him, and maybe more, considering his proven "I bleed Black & Gold" attitude, ability, and willingness to help the TEAM.  Any blind person, wearing sunglasses could see that!!!  This is my first posting in the CBS Community.  Let me hear from y'all.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:36 am

Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

the core of the team is over the hill?    what do you consider the core?...ben is under 30 the running backs are under 30....the line is young.......the defensive line is young with the retirements and the cuts..............the secondary is old, thats it.............b4 you say stuff do some research......we will wave our hankies and talk trash all we want.............we are the 6 time champs, and will be back in the superbowl faster than anyone thinks............the front office will asure we have our players......none of you heard of mike wallace or antonio brown or your teams would have drafted them out of college.............there are more out there........i agree its a business and the steelers will reload........but please never call us old and out of some reading and just don't type words that mean nothing
This would have been priceless if you closed it with:  ", period!"

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:58 am

Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

The Steelers past proves they'll let WRs walk away.  See Plaxico...See trading Holmes.  Wallace is still a very raw route runner and struggled mightily against double teams last year in the second half of the season.  While I would like to see the Steelers resign Wallace I won't be upset at all if you don't.  I'll gladly take the first.  It's possible the Steelers could walk away with Hightower and a much needed OL in the first round.  Add to that--we'd have some money to spend on the free agent market.  They could use that money on someone like Paul Soliai since we desperately need to fix the NT position with Hoke retiring and Hampton having surgery.  They could even address the WR spot with someone like Stevie Johnson, Reggie Wayne or Brandon Lloyd.

Is Mike Wallace for Paul Soliai and a first worth the risk?  That's the question they have to ask. 

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:51 am

Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

Awwwww are you jealous that your team is in shambles.

A Browns fan calling the Steelers a team in shambles, ha ha, thanks for the laugh. Cleveland sports in general are in shambles. The Steelers might have to give up a late third rounder for a first round pick, they are such a mess!!! 

Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:21 am

Wallace will remain a Steeler

As a Ravens fan, I think very highly of the Steelers. I'd be really surprised if they let Wallace walk. However, a couple of teams (at least) have two first round picks - funny they are from the AFC North. The Bengals should at least think about it (what a pair he would make with their last year 1st round star), and the Browns too. Poor McCoy had even less weapons than Flacco!
Bottom line: the AFC North is getting tougher and tougher - not good come playoff time: did you see the injuries among the Steelers? McCoy's concussion? Cary Williams, Torrey Smith, Haloti Ngata & C playing hurt?

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:40 am

Report: Steelers will tender Wallace, not tag

  Hope the Niners see this; Wallace is worth al least the 30th pick and should go all in.This guy puts us over the top and is still young enough to grow with the rest of the team.Well Mr. Baalke  ball's in your court and I say go for it.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:22 am
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