Ed Werder of ESPN reports tonight that Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert told him in response to trade rumors involving restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, “Mike Wallace is not available for trade.”
Responding to trade rumors involving multiple teams, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert flatly tells me, “Mike Wallace is not available for trade.”
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 29, 2012
So there you go, and the answer that Colbert gave is not surprising to me, as I posted early in the day on the site and all day on Twitter, that I did not think Wallace would be traded in response to a Twitter report made by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Friday night. The report by Dulac surfaced following the extension given Friday to wide receiver Antonio Brown. As I pointed out today, trading Wallace does not make sense right now and the Steelers still have a good shot at signing Wallace to a long-term deal once he reports and signs his tender.
The Steelers have great bargaining power with Wallace and that includes the threat of the franchise tag in 2013 as well.