Mike Wallace Tweets That He Will Be With Steeler Nation In 2012

On Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace accidentally retweeted a tweet on Twitter from a troller stating that he would not be with the Steelers this season. His mistake must have prompted a pretty good response on the social media platform as he has since deleted the retweet and posted a response stating: “Didn\’t mean to retweet that I will be with #steelernation” and another immediately after that that stated: “Just read what someone wrote”

Wallace has been pretty quiet all off-season in regard to his restricted free agency situation. Outside of a few interviews he gave prior to the free agency period starting, he, nor his agent Bus Cook, have talked to the media concerning his contract wants. Teammate Ike Taylor talked a little about what the Steelers fourth year wide receiver told him when the two joined several other Steelers players in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, but even that was second hand information.

The Monday tweet really gives us no real clarity though into when Wallace intends to sign his one-year tender of $2.74 million. Friday was the deadline for the Steelers to lower their tender offer to Wallace down to $577,000 should they have wanted to take that course of action, but as expected, they chose not to in an act of good faith. General Manager Kevin Colbert updated the status of Wallace on Friday only to say that the team remains in talks with Wallace and his agent in hopes of getting a long-term deal done by the time training camp rolls around.

Wallace missed all of the Steelers off-season practices being as he is currently not under contract and not obligated to do so. He did stop by the Steelers facilities during the first week of OTA\’s to pick up his playbook and talk to several in the organization.

The Monday affirmation by Wallace that he will be with Steeler Nation in 2012 gives a little hope that he will be in camp on time, but it is in no way considered a guarantee. Wallace wants to be a Steeler long-term and the Steelers want the same thing.

  • Guest

    He just needs to get into camp. You may think I’m crazy, but we’ll be perfectly fine without him. Honestly, if I had my choice, I would keep Brown instead of Wallace. Can’t keep both. By the way, if Sanders can stay healthy, if is the operative word, Sanders can play just as well as Wallace and can run better routes. Trust me, I study every game as if I’m on the coaching staff.

  • Mancoljduf11

    he also posted on his facebook page over the weekend “remember- dont beleive everything you hear and to never create drama that does not exist!!!!!!!”

  • RIP

    They can keep both.

  • Mancoljduf11

    first of all camp does not start until jul 25th so he cant just go to the facilitly by himself mini camp is over and your not a member of the coaching staff so lets not act like a wide receivers coach, you certainly are not the first steelers fan and probably not the last steelers fans on this topic that seems to think they are receivers coaches, how the hell do you know that sanders can run better routes, he has missed half his games and is essentaily unproven sure he flashes but he has done very little. Please explain why brown is better then wallace and do not use the stupid one trick pony explanation because wallaces first ever catch of his career was a very tough over the middle reception with a defender draped all over him to put them into feild goal range to win the opener in 2009 against the titans, and if you say hands just know that brown was targeted 20!!!!!!!!!!!!! more times then wallace last year and still ended up with three less catches for they year but somehow brown posses better hands????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, wallace had eight touchdowns and brown had 2 and in fact has 2 maybe 3 0r 4 for his whole career including kick returns, wallace led the team in every receiving category last season and almost all categories in 2010, and plaes do not even bring up his “dissapearing act” last year because football is a team game and do not deny that brown benifted from wallace taking away coverage and by the way big ben is not a miracle worker, he had a terrible annkle and the line ony got worse as they yea went on, do you really want a qb in those shoes throwing into double coverage, i did not think so, what gets on my nerves is that fans just blindly say brown is better just because he smiles alot, stop with the revisonists history and relize how good wallace has been the last three seasons. Brown could not get on the feild for almost two years because he could not learn the playbook, wallace learned it and made a spectacular impact from day one his rookie season, but of course now that wallace wants more money that will get completly overlooked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! o and i almost forgot they can and should keep both what makes you think they cant, the cap is going up in two years and just because they have not payed receivers in the past does not meen that it wont happen in the future, the reason they have not payed receivers in the past is because they did not have good qbs to get the up most value out of any very expensive investments and now they do and you have to sorround him with weapons to make your team truly great

  • HoustonJr

    I agree. I would also keep Brown instead of Wallace if I HAD to choose. Although of course you’d like to keep both. I am also anxious to see Sanders perform this year. I think he will turn out to be a great WR.

  • Jmduffy

    will someone please explain why they think brown is better then wallace because nothing you can say will back that statement up,say what ever you want but the bottom line is numbers dont lie and lets not forget tha we are going off of9-10 games and a nice catch in the payoffs lets not haver such a short memory and relize the very good things that wallace has accomplished

  • LouPGH

    I’ll save some of you the time: rabble rabble rabble – any of us would play for free – rabble rabble rabble

  • AndyR34

    Amen, my brother!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Sanders is widely known as the most polished WR of the 3 and this isnt me saying this…it is the Steeler organization. Wallace is the fastest and Brown the hardest worker…I believe we can keep all 3 but I believe it will depend on what Wallace recieves.

  • Mancoljduf11

    i think they can keep all three two but i would like to no who ever said that about sanders because i dont rember anyone ever saying that and even if they did he may b the most polished but he is also the most injured!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, and he still needs to prove that on the feild before we should say he is more polished then wallace and brown

  • Wdmason

    The key here is we want to keep both. We want to keep all our players. We want to keep the team together. This cannot be accomplished by overpaying too many players. Hopefully Wallace will settle for a fair price otherwise the team may not be able to stay together although the Steelers have done a fairly good job lately.

  • Wdmason

    I think the first time Antonio touched the ball was a touchdown but Im sure someone will correct me if Im wrong. You could tell the guy had talent from the very beginning

  • PoKey21

    I am not worried about the situation of Wallace missing camp and not being able to learn the new playbook. What worries me more is him not being in camp to work on his route running, jump balls, and hands. I think he can pick up on the playbook quite easily once he gets it going, because his plays will consist of mostly deep routes, which he has shown he can handle. What he needs to learn now is how to run better routes like curls, slants, and outs.And the nuances of the WR position. Once he adds that to his arsenal he will be almost unrecoverable. His stats now are inflated because of all the deep balls he gets. Once he masters the routes and nuances he will be able to demand any money he wants to. They should try to work out a 7 year deal with a back loaded contract. They can give him a descent amount of money like 6 years 8 mil, but make the last 4 years loaded. That way he gets the big money he wants but if he doesnt improve in the coming years he can be cut. If he proves his worth then he gets the big money.

    1st year- 3 mill signing bonus – 2 mil base
    2 – 3 mill signing bonus – 4
    3 – 3 mill signing bonus – 6
    4 – 3 mill signing bonus – 8
    5 – 3 mill signing bonus – 10
    6 – 3 mill signing bonus – 15
    7 – 3 mill signing bonus – 20 mil base

    Total 21 mill signing bonus – 65 mil base

    7 years 86 million. Always can restructure after years 4, or even cut him and only be on the hook for the signing bonus.

  • Pete

    Dave, perhaps you can look at the likelihood of the Steelers paying Mike and keeping one or both of Brown and Sanders. I looked back at the Steelers salaries for WR from 2000 – 2009 seasons and their ranks in the NFL using USA Today Salaries Database.

    The Steelers do not have a good record of paying top dollar to multiple receivers. Hines Ward was likely the highest paid WR in Steelers history and the highest he ever made it was rank 9th highest salary in the NFL in 2006. The next highest paid Steeler WR in 2006 ranked 68th, Cedric Wilson. For most of the 2000s, Ward ranked in the 30s or 40s overall in the league.

    By this measure it is hard for me to believe the Steelers will make Wallace among the top 10 highest paid WR in the league. But lets say it does happen and they sign Wallace to a long term deal. How will they keep the caliber of WR we see in Brown and Sanders? The past says they won’t do it.

    What they will do is continue to draft excellent WR and use them while they are relatively cheap (during their rookie contract).

  • SteelersDepot

    Can only stretch out signing bonuses 5 years for starters. also no way they do a 7 year deal with Wallace. 5 years will be max for him.

  • Mancoljduf11

    it has been reported several times that mike wallace is working out and preparing on his own in new orleans

  • Mancoljduf11

    how do you know

  • Mancoljduf11

    every player is different, every situation is different, i bet that if someone interveiwed Kevin Colbert right now and asked him, can we really expect you to pay wallace and brown if you have not valued receivers in the past he would say that is total Bullshit, (minus the language ofcourse), and would proably say something similar to the way I started this comment off

  • Ashfardmufusa777788889999

    I didnt know you were a steelers insider

  • Wilsonkai0987654321

    maybe thats because those other receivers were just simply not that good, and lets not forget that it was not that they did not want to pay Buress it was that he wanted to leave and had no interest in staying from the moment the clock hit zero in the Afc Championship against New England,Wallace and Brown have each said they want to stay repediatly and that is why that will proably happen, and I think they would have gladly offered Holmes a new contract had he not had all his problems and had he not suspened the first four games of the 2010 season

  • PoKey21

    ok then,

    1st year – 4 mil bonus – 2 mil base
    2 – 4 mil bonus – 3 mil Base
    3 – 4 mil bonus – 4 mil Base
    4 – 4 mil bonus – 5 mil Base
    5 – 4 mil bonus – 11 mil Base
    6 – 16 mil Base

    6 years 61 million. He gets his 10 million a year if he performs. We have him locked up until he is 32. If we cut him after 4 years he makes 34 million. If he plays good enough and keeps developing he will make his 10 million average a year. If he doesnt evolve we get him for 8.5 a year. Which I would sai is less than FMV for him.

  • SteelersDepot

    Why are you posting under different usernames

  • Ashfardmufusa777788889999

    the first one is not me

  • Karensomerville

    those tweets are extemly confusing

  • SteelersDepot

    Manco you are posting under five names. why?

  • Guest – different

    I couldn’t agree more. I am so sick of every Steeler fan here and on PFT writing that Wallace is a “one-trick pony.” God, write something original and accurate for a change. How many times did he convert one of those despised bubble screens into long yds or a TD. As far as Wallace “disappearing in the 2nd half of 2011,” look at the stats. He had 29 catches & 3 TDs in the last 8 games. Brown had 35 catches and 1 TD in the last 8 games (Brown only had 2 TDs the entire yr). Oh, and defenses were doubling him, not Brown. Yeah, that seems like a real “disappearing act” to me. Yeah, Brown made a lot of spectacular catches on 3rd down, but I also remember him dropping his share of balls. I’ll take Wallace over Brown any day, and twice on Sundays. Stop hating Wallace because he WANTS to get paid what he THINKS he is worth. Whether that happens, what that amount is, what the Steelers will offer, etc. are only known by the FO, Wallace, and his agent.

  • Mancoljduf11

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dormantgene

    With Wallace, without Wallace, Steelers will STILL kick ass! The man is a great wide reciever but I am a Steeler fan, not a Wallace fan. Love to have him, but not worried if he plays or not. Like all players, they come and go and the Steelers always get what they need .

  • Mancoljduf11

    excuse me but he just said he will be here so why are you even making this comment, secondly to even say something like this is just simple minded and ignorant, they have repedaiatly said they want and will get a deal done, lets not undervalue a player just because he is asking for a new contract, that is what drives be crazy about teamcentric fans like you, all you need to know about wallace is just go look at bens qb rating in the three years wallace has been with the steelers combined compared to 2006-08 combined and see how much of a difference a true deep threat makes, and do not try to come up with any other resons for that stunning difference in numbers because there are no other explanations for it, and no antonio brown and santonio holmes can not be considered as good of deep threats as wallace, and do not try to say that sanders can fill that role because i know that is what you will do and you would not be the first revisionist historian on here to say that and unfortanatley will not be the last, if wallace were to sitout lets see if we remember this statement a year from now because i am sure there would be some other reason why the offense did not perform other then wallace not being there

  • Weivlal

    Sanders is better than Brown. He was breaking out in 2010 and his “only” injury was in the Super Bowl against the Packers. His recovery went into the 2011 season at which Brown started to grow and become the go to guy. Once he was on that hot streak and Sanders almost 100% there was no way anyone would start Sanders over Brown again at that point. When Sanders did start to play towards the end of the 2011 season he had some rust. But you watch and see, he will give Brown a run this season for that other starting spot. And if Wallace plays with an attitude, it will be Brown and Sanders at start before it’s all said and done.