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Ike Taylor Thinks Mike Wallace Will Get New Contract Done In Time For Camp


Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is back home in Louisiana this weekend hosting his annual football camp at Arden Cahill Academy in Gretna and he spoke to the local media there about several topics related to the Steelers.

According to Albert Burford of The Times-Picayune, Taylor said that he thinks that teammate Mike Wallace will resolve his contract dispute soon and be in training camp when the team reports to Latrobe late next month. “He\’s going to be there (training camp),” Taylor said. “They\’ll get it done. When you talk about that kind of money, it\’s not an overnight type of deal. By the end of the day, I think for sure he\’s going to get that thing done. Both sides are working together, so that\’s a good thing.”

This is the second time we have no heard Taylor talk about the contract situation with Wallace, who has yet to sign his one-year, $2.74 million restricted tender. Last month Taylor said on his weekly radio show on Trib Live Radio that he talked to Wallace while the two were together out in Las Vegas for the Memorial day weekend. Taylor said at that time that Wallace was frustrated with his situation. “There is a lot of frustration with Mike right now,” Taylor said when talking with host John Harris. “He wants to be here. … But at the same time he wants his paper. Mike feels like he outperformed his last contract. But he\’s dealing with a monster, and that\’s the Pittsburgh Steelers … they are not going to let you dictate to them on how you feel.” Taylor would go on to tell of the advice he gave Wallace that weekend and it included him telling the Steelers fourth year wide receiver, “Football don\’t need you; you need football.”

The contract situation with Wallace was not the only thing that Taylor talked about on Friday according Burford. He was also asked if he still thinks about the poor game he had against the Denver Broncos in AFC Wild Card round. “I remember it every day,” Taylor said. “People remember you for things you do, and I don\’t want to have that game be what people remember me for.” Taylor of course gave up several big plays in that game, including the game winner on the first play of overtime from quarterback Tim Tebow to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, which went for 80 yards and eliminated the Steelers.

Taylor also talked Friday about the Steelers decision as a team to not ratify the new CBA last off-season. The Steelers were the only team to vote against it because they though that Commissioner Roger Goodell had too much power when it came to player discipline. “Charlie Batch and Ryan Clark really sit us down and let us know what\’s really going on and not just rely on hearsay or word of mouth, or this is what other teams are doing,” Taylor said. “I like to say we have our own mind over there, and it shows.” According to Burford Taylor also added, “We\’re just a \’ride or die\’ team. We\’re going to go 100 percent with our guys. We had a couple of guys who sat down and understood the situation and brought it to the team, and we all made one decision as a team.”

After wrapping up his camp this weekend it is believed that Taylor will return back to Orlando and continue his off-season training under the watchful eye of Tom Shaw, who helped Taylor out at his camp this weekend, at the Wide World of Sports complex. Taylor has worked with Shaw for several off-seasons now.

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  • Jprankster2005

    If the steelers give him a contract before he signs his tender, They are just opening the doors for this to keep happening….. If he get’s a contract of even half of what was rumored….. They will have a hard time signing players next yr….. Guys like Lewis, Foster, Legurksy, Worilds Brown, Sanders, Redman there’s alot of guys that will become FA’s and I say sign Lewis, Brown and Foster to deals this offseason we will get em cheaper and team friendly…. We will be strapped with a big contract unless it’s backloaded and I don’t see Wallace letting that happen… He wants the paper now…..

  • Mancoljduf11

    he can get a singing bonus now and high salary later, that will cut the cap hit for 2012 at least in half, and they are negoitating and it will probably get done, and what do you mean by team freindly, anyway if Keenen Lewis is not a starter this year he will likeley be gone because him and the other two corners are all the same type and cannot play in the slot, you can anly have so many outside corners on your team, foster and legearsjy should not be a concern because they are not even starting this year and the gaurd position only pays big money to the very best in the leauge, as much as everyone loves issac redman i doubt they will ever give him big money, if sanders does not have a big year he will likely singh his tender and play, woirllds, likely the same, the only real other priority is brown i think they should be able to get both him and wallace done, (this by the way is in reply to Jprankster2005)

  • kyle

    Curtis Brown is very much a slot corner. He’s quick and on the lighter side for a Steelers corner. Also, in Cortez Allen’s snaps last year he was playing inside covering Tight Ends. Not sure what you mean by “all the same type.”

  • Jprankster2005

    I want Wallace to sign a deal……. I just don’t want him to think he’s worth the world….. I would love to have Wallace for the next 6 yrs….. But I’m saying we do need to sign other players…….Foster Legursky are not starters but are real good backups….. Lewis is starting this season if he breaks out he’s going to command a big pay day….. As well as Worilds…… Brown will probably get around 4 to 5 million a yr…. I agree I think Sanders has alot to prove before he get’s a deal….. All I’m saying is we have to lock up other players they may not be starters but contribute to the team’s success and I’m sure alot will agree with that…… Foster can easily be a starter on alot of teams….. If they cut Scott and Allen that will free up about 3.5 and maybe Will Johnson will beat out David Johnson and that will save another million…….Yes there are ways to get it done but I just hope we don’t mess up and can’t sign others…..We can’t keep turning players salaries into bonuses every yr. that makes it harder every yr. they do that…… I just would like to see them lock up a few players like Lewis Foster Worilds to like 2 or 3 yr. deals….. We are going to have a hard time next yr. with cap and some important players are FA’s most are restricted but still need to sign em….. I don’t know what 2014 how much extra payroll will be, But It probably won’t be but another 8 to 10 million I would think……. I think Wallace deserves a contract and I would say 6 yr. 45 to 50 million tops…… If you give a big signing bonus let’s say 12 to 14 million that’s a 2 million cap hit per yr. plus his pay….. I’m saying there’s ways to get it done without hurting other signings and the future…… I also think giving him the deal without him signing the tender will have other players doing the same in the future…..Usually this team doesn’t do things like that and don’t negotiate until you do what your suppose to do then they reward there players……We don’t have but a few players that have big contracts that weren’t drafted and developed as a Steeler….. So with us having cap problems that shows we take care of our own when they deserve it and don’t have to go out and pay millions on FA’s they just add guys they need to fill extra spaces not the big time FA’s…… So wallace should know he is going to get taken care of if he doesn’t act like a fool…… To be honest I know this is long but I don’t see a deal getting done at all….. That’s just how much I feel as if he feels he is worth morre then they would ever offer…..I’d be really surprised if he did sign……And I don’t think the steelers will overpay by alot and that’s what he wants…..But I would love a team friendly contract and a team friendly contract means that it benefits the team and him as well and doesn’t hurt them…… You have never heard of that term????

  • Jprankster2005

    And there’s no doubt that Lewis will be the 2nd corner with Allen as 3rd…. I think Lewis will have a big yr this yr…. I don’t ever see Brown and Allen being 1 and 2 corners on this team…… So we either need to draft a CB 1st round next yr. or sign Lewis for a couple of yrs. I think we would be ok with Allen at 2nd corner spot but dont’ think we would have good results…… This is all opinion we all watch the same games and same team and players……. We all have opinions, If we are not able to make decisions then we trully have no idea what they are thinking of doing…… We can guess with money and who the future Cb’s will be and all that but bascially we don’t know jack shit until it happens……

  • Jprankster2005

    They are all not the same, I agree with you…… Allen did real good playing inside and did good on Gronk….. Brown is a good ST, And I think he can do good covering the slot…… I think these 2 have a good upside and hope they can step up big this yr. There’s a changing of the guard going on at CB with Gay gone and Taylor got 3 yrs. left…. These guys can be good when needed…With Lewis, Allen and Brown there not the same at all they all got something different to offer and will be fun to see them grow with this team….. I am curious as to what he means by being the SAME????

  • Mancoljduf11

    what i am saying is that they are negoiating right now and they are working towards it, he has not acted like a fool and kevin colbert said that everything is positive, and that they want him to get a deal done that he deserves and said that mike wants the same thing sas well, and we should forget about the fitzgerald money crap because that was fake, and it was reported by one beat reporter on a slow news day in san fran, and we have to remember that a negoiation involves other things then just money, and sure wallace missed voluntary workouts and 21/2 days of mini camps, but that is not a big deal, and he has his playbook and Rothlisberger said that wallace is in constant communication over the playbook with the wide receivers coach so he has done what he is supposed to do for the most part

  • Mancoljduf11

    i am saying they are all ultimetly tall outside corners and i think cortez allen will have a very good shot at winning the starting job over lewis this season

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If you have been listening the number 1 off season signing the Steelers wanted to make was the signing of Wallace…once that gets accomplished then they will worry about other guys who are already signed….one thing at a time.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I too think Allen will push Lewis for the other CB spot…Lewis does have the inside track at the moment but I personally believe that Allen is more talented

  • Jprankster2005

    Yeah I’ve been listening…… And remember GM’s will tell you what you want to hear….. They are at a stand still right now, I gurantee it, I’m not saying that isn’t the top priorioty but you do have to lock down other important pieces as well…. I’m just going to shut up because you guys think the world of a dude that is only a deep threat reciever…… Throw him a blank check and call it a day…. And watch when other players are walking how you are saying we should of signed him….. I’m done commenting on this situation….. I can’t believe so many people are on this guy’s side there are a few out there, that are fed up, But you guys keep buying into the crap he has the playbook……Sign the F@@@@@ Tender and then negoiate a deal…… How about we sign brown to a deal that is lower than we would next yr. and just say we are moving on if he doesn’t want what we are offering……That will get his attention…. He has to play to be considered a FA, So if this is his last yr. I’m fine with that….. I would rather have Brown and Sanders than Wallace and Sanders….

  • Pete

    True. We each have our own opinion. I think this is make it or break it for Lewis and I believe Brown is the most talented of the 3 young corners. Brown will probably end up the number 2 corner if not this year then next. Allen could work in the slot or outside. I think Brown could become the number 1 corner when Taylor hangs it up. They let Gay walk and didn’t try hard to keep him after he had a solid year. They’ll always keep an eye out for a good corner but the CB position looks solid at the moment. Just as they didn’t take a CB until the 7th round this year is an indication of how they feel about the group as a whole. Next year’s draft should be similar when it comes to the CB position.

  • kyle

    They’re all 6’0 (Ike is 6’2). Curtis Brown is probably 15 to 20 pounds lighter than the other two. I’m not saying that he’s the only one of the three who could play the slot but he seems better suited to it. Those three guys are not very similar though. They’re about the same height, which isn’t surprising since the Steelers rarely take corners much smaller than that.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Never said throw a blank check at him…I do not believe he is worth more than 6-8M a year…Im just telling you they are going to do what they can to sign Wallace to a reasonable contract before they worry about guys who already have a contract this year and that is how the run their business and no matter what anyone else thinks that is how it will be done this year

  • Jprankster2005

    I would say your about right with the money….. I would say 7 a yr. tops…. But I just don’t think he will take that….. I would be happy if he signed a deal today…. But if he doesn’t want what there offering I just wish he would ask for a trade….. If this is still a issue in a month they should really look into getting rid of him…… I wouldn’t mind a percy Harvin for Wallace with a 5th round pick to go with it….. But that won’t happen….. I just want this to get done, So they can focus on winning a super bowl, We don’t need any more distractions…. Yes he has his playbook but It’s not the same as being on the same page with your QB….. Especially in a new system…. So if he misses camp they gotta look into moving on…..

  • Mancoljduf11

    you dont know what there offering so lets not pretend lie you do, and what distractions, he has said nothing and has done all of this in private, he has not even publicly used the word contract ounce this offseason, they are negoiating and it will get done, this reply and what you just wrote may be more words used then anything that has come out of wallaces mouth this offseson, and yet you call that a distraction, did youknow that woodley complained multiple times about his contract and so did many oter players over the years and wallace has said nothing, o and the 7 mil idea is dumb, he will get more then that because 7 mil is not his market value!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, colbert even said they want to get a deal with fair market value, stop acting like you are a part of the negoiation, you have no idea what they offered him and neither do i, and since you did not hear me before he has his playbook and is in communication with the receivers coach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, ge missed a few practiices with the qb big deal!!!!!!!!!!!!, it is football in shorts and it is very limited

  • Mancoljduf11

    well that is what i have been saying to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rick

    if ike keeps playing poorly,he and wallace can go …

  • Johnchuray

    Mike “Wallet” needs to put in his 4th year like everybody else. Plus he just isn’t as super to our team as he thinks he is. He’s a cog in our machine. Play, win, get paid. This is the Stillers. Otherwise, join the long list of egomaniacs that have passed through our halls unremembered. I’ve heard all the arguments: this is a business, what if he gets injured, three years of stats, man I’m tired of it. We’re a team full of stars and I’d prefer that he stepped up like Jordan Staal and just admit that he’d rather be a bigger fish in a smaller pond. We got work to do so quit bothering us already.

  • Mancoljduf11

    well Mike WALLET is not under contract so everybody else does not count because everyone else gets four year deals when as a rookie, and do not say quit bothering as already because wallace has said nothing publicly about his contract and has not complained about it ounce in public!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, o and why dont you listen to his teamates and especilli big ben when they say that they need mike there in order to win games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, and they are working on a deal now so he will be there and should put his fourth year in with a new longterm deal

  • Johnchuray

    Just going by what I read, Mr. Exclamation Points. And by that, I’m sick of hearing about it and that’s my opinion. Fitz and Mega might be cornerstones on their respective teams, but Mike ain’t one on ours and I don’t like the distraction and I’ll say it if I wanna.

  • steelecitypride84

    Not sure who Wallace thinks he is and what he’s accomplished in his short career. All I know is that he’s a one trick pony and a major distraction. With a new OC installing a new offense he should have acted like a professional and attended the OTAs and minicamp. I understand he’s trying to make money and all but so far he hasn’t shown much besides being a deep threat. I recall some crucial drops on his behalf in the Superbowl against Green Bay. I’m really getting sick of this clown and his immature Steeler unlike behavior. Maybe someone needs to remind Mr. Wallace that Sanders and Brown can stretch the field as well and what happened to players that got out of line prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh and where they are today. Just ask Plaxico Burress or Santonio Holmes. No matter how talented you are…with the Steelers it’s team first not me first Wallace. If it’s just money he seeks he should go elsewhere. We don’t need players like Wallace and we sure don’t want them.There’s plenty of undrafted talent out there and Colbert is a master of finding it. Wallace needs to wake up and smell the coffee before he ends up like Chad Johnson or Terrible Owens signing 1 year deals with different teams every season.

  • Mancoljduf11

    just going buy what you read?!!!!!!!!, well what you read was clearly wrong, and if you are so sick of hearing about it then dont read it, no one is forcing you to read these articles. And please explain to me how mike is not a cornerstone on the steelers team, last i checked he was there leading receiver and there second best player on offense, and dont bring up fitz and mega because the rumors that he wants that kind of money are false!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mancoljduf11

    so you think the steelers should get rid of there best corner and there best receiver, wow that makes so much sense, and ike taylor was not having a bad game aginst denver it was the pass rush having a bad game against denver, no sacks and tebow had what seemed like 10 seconds to throw every time

  • Mancoljduf11

    people like you need to just shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!, you said more words in this post then wallace has said in public this whole offseason, and yet you call him a distraction, they are working on a new deal, and he is not under contract and do not compare him to plax or santonio and you should know why i am saying that, people like you need to stop with the character assasination and let the situation play out before you judge people, your not in those negoiations so what the hell do you know, and i know this si beating a dead horse but he came in and got his playbook and everyone on the team seems to think it will get done, and dont you dare blame the superbowl loss on wallace those ere not drops they were terrible overthrows by ben and mendenhal cost them the game with that fumble, what really needs to be asked is who the hell do you think you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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