I had a feeling that it would not be too long before Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace chimed in on his pending free agency and he finally did today on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Was I surprised by the comments made by Wallace today during his interview with Adam Schein and Jim Miller? Absolutely not. I would have been more surprised had he said anything different than what he did. Remember that his agent is Bus Cook and this his not his first rodeo when it comes to contract negotiations.
Wallace was asked the full gamut of questions by both Schein and Miller as it relates to him potentially ending up having to leave the Steelers for another team and he answered them in classic posturing manner. He maintained that he wants to return to Pittsburgh if at all possible, but accepted the reality that he could end up elsewhere. What else did you really expect him to say?
The timing of the interview is not surprising either with the 2012 NFL combine starting today. You can bet that some of the buzz talk going on this week in Indianapolis will not only be about the draft hopefuls, but will include current players such as Wallace. How can it not?
The good news from Wallace today is that we got the confirmation that the two sides have indeed been in talks about a new contract and as I pointed out again on Tuesday evening, that is the best possible solution to the Steelers problems.
The Steelers have until March 5th to place a first round restricted tender or the franchise tag on Wallace and that is still over a week away. There is plenty of time for negotiations this week at the combine. The Steelers brass will certainly be there and one would think that Cook would be there as well.
In my heart of hearts I still believe a deal gets worked out before March 5th, if not, I would expect Wallace to be tendered at a first round level and not the franchise tag.
I could see the deal getting done before free agency or colbert and rooney wouldn’t have come out and said that it was a priority. The franchise tag almost seems impossible, so if tendered he is most likely going to leave, though I still seeing giving up a big contract and first round pick a bit steep, even if a team has 2 first rounders. 1st round draft picks are very valuable, especially under new rookie scale system.
Hey Dave, if Wallace signs his 1st round tender with the Steelers, is he still able to sign an offer sheet from another team, or is it if he just denies the 1st round tender? Just asking cuz 2.7 mil guaranteed isn’t such a bad thing while they are working to re-negiotiate?
The tender is basically a contract tender. Once he signs it, it is binding. So it will be out there for him should he not get offer sheets from other teams.
I’d take a late 1st round for Wallace. Sorry, but he is still a one trick pony, ok, if you add in the bubble screen, two. We could take the 30/31 pick and bundle it up with the 24 pick and move up into the 9/10 spot. Or fill other holes with the additional pick. Wallace is only going to be as good as the QB and the rest of the offense around him. He’s not going to carry a team. We lost Tone and Burress for a bag of peanuts and they were more complete receivers IMHO.
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