Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert addressed the media today at the 2012 NFL combine and of course he was asked about restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace. Colbert said the Steelers were going to do everything that they can do to keep Wallace with the Steelers. He told the media today that Wallace has the same goal as the Steelers do, and that is to get a deal done so that he remains in Pittsburgh.
As far as the options that Colbert has in regards to a first round tender or the franchise tag, Colbert said that they have still not ruled out using the franchise, but gave a strong indication that the Steelers will put a first round restricted tender on Wallace instead of the franchise tag. He added that they want Wallace to finish his career in Pittsburgh.
As far as other things that Colbert said during his interview, he said more players will get released and that the status of Hines Ward is still yet to be decided. Colbert said Ward is still on the roster as of today. He did admit that there will be a few more terminations forthcoming so that the Steelers can get underneath the salary cap.
In regards to the possibility that Marcus Gilbert will move to left tackle, Colbert acknowledged once again that it will be a likely move, but ultimately it will be a decision that head coach Mike Tomlin will make.
Story above compiled from tweets made by Scott Brown, Ken Laird and Gerry Dulac, who are all reporting live from the combine.