Report: Keenan Lewis & Ryan Mundy Sign Restricted Tenders

Two more Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agents have signed their tenders now according to Howard Balzer on Twitter. Safety Ryan Mundy and cornerback Keenan Lewis both had low original round tenders of $1.26 million placed on them prior to the start of free agency. Their signings leave wide receiver Mike Wallace as the only restricted free agent yet to sign his tender as Ramon Foster, David Johnson and Doug Legursky all signed their low tender offers over the course of the last several days.

Wallace was the lone player tendered at a level other than 1.26 million as his first round tender equated to $2.742 million. A report surfaced last week that Wallace would not sign his tender and report to offseason workouts that began in Pittsburgh on Monday. Wallace is still reportedly seeking a long-term deal, but he will not have much leverage once the restricted offer sheet deadline of April 20th passes. Wallace can have his tender reduced to to 110 percent of last year\’s salary should he not sign it by June 15th. That cut would equate to a $577,500 tender offer with the Steelers retaining his rights in the process, but they must notify Wallace in writing before doing so. There has been no word out of Wallace or his agent Bus Cook since the report surfaced that he would not sign his tender.

The only restricted free agent the Steelers chose not to tender was tackle Jamon Meredith. He then became a free agent at the start of the new league year and has since signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • PoKey21

    Is there any website, or does Steelers Depot know the lists of Prospects we brought in before the draft over the years, and which ones actually ended up being drafted by the Steelers? Maybe Just going back the last 4 Tomlin Drafts, and include the players who visited this year so we can compare during this years draft. I saw the question asked by another poster in the comment section of a different article. Any thoughts?

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  • NW86

    I’ll admit it, I’ve been surprised by all the OLB and TE talk, but the pre-draft visits seem to be backing that up. To me, the fact that Harrison and Woodley are 2 of the best OLB’s in the game, and they’re 2 of the 4 highest paid players on the team, means OLB isn’t an immediate need. Plus Worilds has seemed capable when healthy, and the jury is still out on Carter. At TE, Heath is a lock, and Johnson is fine in the H-Back/3rd TE role. That means Pope and Saunders can battle for the #2 spot from week 5 forward. (Pope obviously would get it for weeks 1-4). To me, neither of those positions is anywhere near a top-5 priority right now. OG, NT, OT, ILB, CB, S…pretty much every other position on the field is more of a need than those two…

  • Jprankster2005

    I don’t think we need a OLB til late rounds I like Egnew 3rd round if they don’t get Fleener I’m actually kinda of hoping they do some sort of trade and get a extra 3rd rounder that way they can hopefully grap Chapman….. And Egnew if they don’t go Fleener in 1st and then focus on ILB and OL they need to take a OL G and OL T I think they can get one in first 4 rounds and one later on in draft but NT gotta be a prioroty for first 3 rounds as well in my book as TE but OLB I think that worilds will be better with OTA and as well as Sylvester so I don’t think they need ILB and OLB as much as alot of people think but I do know they need another good catching TE and a Deep Threat WR seeming I don’t see Wallace being here in 2013 and possibly not this yr. But I think other needs would be CB and Safety…….

  • Ressler

    I know seeing all these 1-2 round OLB prospects has been somewhat disturbing to me because we drafted Worilds in the 2nd round a couple of years ago. Not trying to be negative, but I see these OLBs coming in for predraft visits, I started questioning whether or not they felt Worlidls would be Harrisons long term solution once his play final does drop off. I mean if they really liked what they saw in him not sure why they would feel the need to even bring in late first, early second round prospective OLBs.

  • Dave, have you seen any film of Perry? If so, care to share your thoughts?

  • moderatelysane

    As always, front office knows what they’re doing. When is the last draft when we didn’t take a DE/OLB hybrid? Lebeau’s defense is predicated on having a pass rush, and we can never have too many talented ones. Last year we struggled without Harrison and Woodley. That’s because we have zero proven depth. Deebo has one year left, so his replacement needs to start learning the system. Worilds looks pretty good, but he hasn’t proven enough yet to put our OLB core in a position of plenty. Carter is a complete unknown. It’s a given that they’ll pick an OLB/DE in this draft, like every other year. The only question is whether they’ll do it in the early rounds or middle rounds.Nick Perry could drop to 1.24, which would potentially leave him as the BPA. We better know whether we want him or not, so we had him in for a visit. I’m a little surprised that they haven’t had in Mercilus, b/c he could also drop within reach and be a potential pickup. Beyond Perry, most of the rest are mid-round prospects.

    Notice also that the predraft visits have two early round ILB: Hightower and Kendricks. This is clearly a higher need, as it should be.

    As for TE, most of the prospects are 3rd round grades. I still have seen zero indication that they are considering Fleener outside of a few of us crazy bloggers. I think 3rd-5th would be a perfectly appropriate place to get a pass-catching TE.

    Always remember, Colbert is money in the 1st round, and pretty damn good the rest of the way.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    So 2009 – 3
    2010 – 3
    2011 – 4, with 2 additional UDFAs

  • SteelersDepot

    Hell of a 4-3 defensive end. Can tend to give up the edge at time being over aggressive. Lacks max effort at times chasing back side. Specialty is playing plays outside in. Very athletic kid, but not fully sold on his agility. So hard to project tweeners like him as OLB. Has the tools for sure. He has said himself that he would rather stay at DE. For sure a first round talent.

  • Clintmartin

    Has anybody heard about Vontaze Burfict? He fell off the map.
    I heard not 1 NFL team invited him for a pre draft visit

  • Thanks! From the little I have seen of him, I felt the same about Perry’s agility. I know he did bulk up quite a bit, prior to the combine, so I wonder how much of an effect the added weight had to do with it. I don’t know how accurate USC is, when it comes to reporting height/weight, but the team page had Perry listed at 250, vs his combine weight of 271.

  • I think there are plenty of question marks, regarding Worilds. When he did get his opportunities last year, he wasn’t very impressive. That said, he’s still young, and was bitten by the injury bug last year. You have to wonder how much the injuries factored in. Still, at this point, I would have liked to see more.

    From the Steelers perspective, working out all of the OLB prospects, may just be a case of not putting all of their eggs in one basket.

  • Grw1960

    I remember in 2009, The steelers really wanted one of the top 2 centers. They had both centers into visit. And that year it was kind of unusual because both the top 2 centers were picked in the 1st round before the Steelers turn to pick.
    It is a rare occurance when 2 centers go in the 1st round.

  • CW

    Never thought the Steelers were going to completely ignore Tight End. That would be silly seeing as having a couple of good blocking and receiving Tight Ends on a team in this era helps win games. However Michael Egnew probably makes far more sense than Coby Fleener seeing as we have so many pressing needs that would be better addressed in the early rounds.

    Egnew will be available later in the draft as late potentially as the fourth or fifth round, amassed a solid percentage of the total yards in the Missouri passing game this year with a little under 20% of all passing yards going to Egnew. Egnew also is good at sideline toe taps when catching the ball near the line.

    It’s not a matter of not seeing the value in Fleener. It’s just a matter of realizing that the Steelers have to deal with the holes at both guard spots and nose tackle more. Pouncey is one of the better centers and Big Ben is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but because neither guard holds up well under pressure, they are both taking a pounding every year that will shorten their careers significantly. We have to finally find the solid replacements for both spots that will keep both Pro Bowl players healthy for an entire season.

  • PoKey21

    Thanks for the info guys.
    2009- We did NOT bring in any of our first 3 picks in the draft
    2010- We Brought in our 1st rounder Pouncey, but NOT our 2nd Worilds
    2010- We did NOT bring in our 1st Heyward, but we did our 2nd Gilbert

    Basically I think we are showing no correlation between who the Steelers Bring in to take a look at, and who they draft. I dont think we can put to much stock into who visits or who doesnt.

  • Bobby

    yes, I agree — grasshopper, I whole heartedly agree…
    ( cue Kung Fu music, please — Mr. Caradine)

  • Nolrog

    That’s cause he’s a disaster. He had a horrible combine and followed that up with a horrible pro-day and then took the microphone to blame everyone and his brother for his poor showing.

    Poe ran faster and did like 30 more reps than he did at the combine.

    I say 50/50 that he’s drafted at all, and if he is, it’s going to be a 6th or 7th round flier pick.

  • Nolrog

    While it’s possible that they draft a TE or OLB, I don’t think it would be high in the draft. First we need to fill the gaping holes at NT and OL. We also need another MILB (even though Harrison is old, Farrior is gone.)

    I have OLB and Safety as my guess for the focus in next year’s draft – because of the age of Harrison, Clark and Troy and becuase I don’t think Worlids is the guy to take over for James.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I think this is just the typical Steeler operating procedure more than anything else at least as it effects the top rounds. It would not surprise me if they take an OLB in the draft or if they take a TE in the draft, but I think they will be cautious as to how early they take the player.

    I personally am not sold on taking a guy like Fleener in the 1st even if he is the top ranked player at his position. I know the Steelers will do stuff like this, especially with the first round pick. For instance, Mendenhall when Parker was already here. I would not have classified it as a need going into that draft, but the Steelers knew what they were doing.

    I do think this may be the offenses year as we trend to alternate offense and defense every other year.

  • Grw1960

    I believe the Steelers bring players in for one reason to answer questions and evaluate them to place them in the proper place on their draft board.
    Or not on it at all
    2009 – Steelers wanted a center either Woods or Unger. Both were drafted before the Steelers pick. Ziggy unexpectedly fell to them. The Steelers thought he would be long gone before their pick.
    2010. Pouncey – they got a better center than either of the two in 2009.
    2011 – According to Seattle, they picked OT Carpenter at 25, (who visited with the Steelers) because they thought the Steelers were going to take him at 31 and he would not last till their pick in the 2nd round.

  • Fish

    Greig – Aside from the injuries what did you see that you didn’t like with Woilds last year? Your not alone I’ve seen others that say they weren’t impressed either, but I thought he did a good job. He kept everything inside that I could remember except for a couple of plays, got off blocks, tackled well, got good pressure when given the oppurtunity to rush, and you can tell how hard he’s been working in the weight room as he’s gotten noticeably bigger and stronger. He’s not great in coverage but I think he covered a little better than Silverback or Woodley does.

  • Msmcm

    please mike wallace just sign the tender. everything will work out. you play one year for 2.74
    million. then just do your job and next year the steelers will reward you long time. do the smart thing before you get screwed.

  • Jprankster2005

    There’s no way in hell Egnew will be around in 4th or 5th I will be surprised if he’s there when we pick in 3rd…… I actually had Fleener as my favorite TE for us to get and now I’ve switched and hope they pick Egnew and hope they grab him up in 3rd but might have to move up….. No way will he be there steelers 4th round……. But I also like Champan in 3rd round so maybe trade away the first for a extra 2nd and 3rd and they can address more in my opinion….. There’s probably not going to be anyone at 24 that is worth taking at 24 of there needs they can get NT in 3rd and OL is very deep so I hope they trade there 1st for more picks….. I don’t like Hightower only one I like is CB Dre or Barron at 24 unless Boston College Kuchlecky is there…….