The Terrible Podcast – Talking Free Agency With Matt Williamson From ESPN Episode

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Season 2, Episode 87 of The Terrible Podcast is up and with David Todd and I are back at it with another special edition podcast as we discuss what happened in day one of the 2012 NFL free agency signing period. We go over quite a few of the moves made on Tuesday and delve specifically into the wide receiver contracts that were signed and their relationship to Mike Wallace. We also pile on Gerry Dulac after he posted on Wednesday morning that the Buffalo Bills could be a team that makes a play for Wallace. No offense if you read this Gerry.

We move on to talk about the one free agent the Steelers apparently have scheduled to visit Pittsburgh and that of course is Chicago Bears free agent tight end Kellen Davis. We also shoot down a few of the rumors that running backs Peyton Hillis and Mike Tolbert were sitting on the doorstep of the Steelers Tuesday at 4 p.m. waiting to make visits. We discuss the Miami Dolphins trading Brandon Marshall to the Bears on Tuesday and that despite the baggage that Marshall brings; it is a good deal for both sides.

In the second part of the show we welcome back to the show Matt Williamson, NFL Scout for and Scouts, Inc., and talk to him about the happenings so for in free agency and more specifically about his thoughts on the AFC North as it relates to needs and free agency. We ask Matt his opinion on several players and topics and also get his thoughts on if he thinks the New England Patriots or the Cincinnati Bengals will make a run at Wallace. If you are not already doing so, make sure you follow Matt on Twitter at @WilliamsonNFL and keep track of his writing and podcast here on We will be having Matt back on prior to the draft a few weeks down the road.

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  • DeSean Jackson, who isn’t as good as Wallace, just got 5/52. Vincent Jackson got 5/55. Garcon signed for way too much as well. The market price for WRs is ridiculous, and it could push a team to make a move for him. We can’t sign him for anything near that without Brown wanting almost as much next year.

  • SteelersDepot

    You are WAY off base STOP LOOKING at total value. DeSean contract is something Steelers could easily do.

  • Dave, you misunderstand what I am saying. I KNOW they could afford it. That doesn’t mean I think it would be a good idea. If they give Wallace 10mil a year, they have to give Brown at least 8 or he’s gone. If they do, that leaves 18 million tied up in 2 WRs. I don’t know of a year when our whole WR corps cost much more than that. Our offense doesn’t value WR play enough to justify that expenditure.

    And this on a team that has kept exactly one FA WR in the past 20 years.

    I am looking at total value to the team, not to the cap.

  • SteelersDepot

    You are already worried about Brown, a RFA, a year out? lol Think cap charge, not total value of contract. Your overreaction is getting very painful to read. Please take that as constructive criticism.

  • I understand what you are saying about Cap charge vs total value. That isn’t my point. My point is that people are ignoring the Steelers MO. I am not sure any WRs are worth that to the Steelers the way they have historically played. That may change with Haley, but only if they ignore Rooney’s statements about getting back to the run.

    I am looking ahead because that is what Colbert and Khan do. They rarely over pay for guys, and history shows that they don’t put that type of value on WRs.

    As far as overreacting, you are completely misunderstanding my tone. What I am saying is that while Wallace is a very good one trick pony, he is still a one trick pony that struggles to beat double coverage and doesn’t go up after the ball. That type of player doesn’t have the value of those contracts to the Steelers. It never has, no matter how good the player is at it.

  • That’s twice today you have misunderstood what I said and jumped down my throat for it. You need to lighten up a bit.

  • My whole point with these comments is: look around the league. In the last three days, the price of WRs just shot up dramatically. Correspondingly, whether he plays under the RFA tender this coming season or not, IMO the odds of extending Wallace long term have gone down as a result. There is no panic or “sky is falling” mentality there, just observing what I see as a trend around the league.

  • Conversely, looking at the deals that guys like Garcon and Laurent Robinson are getting, I think the odds of Wallace getting an offer from another team have gone down.

  • You’re going to laugh at someone for thing ing a year ahead? I think you are the one overreacting to someone who disagrees with you….sort of

  • Ok please follow … We get Wallace this year for 2.7 million…He cant hold out cause needs this year to be a UFA next year… we save 7 million by waiting to sign him.. plus, Brown may be our # 1 receiver by the end of next year and Wallaces value may go down. But either way The Steelers get another year with Wallace for cheap, next year we RFA Brown and will pay him 3 million a year and working out a deal with Wallace if they want to. He may not be worth it next year…The Steelers will be drafting a few WRs in the meantime but for now we get Wallace andd Brown very cheap and by the time we HAVE to pay them ( if they want) … the salary cap is going to be jumping up an additional 25 million or so in next couple of years so as Steelers fans, I wouldnt worry about it at all. Front office knows exactly what they are doing. Peace