Report: Mike Wallace Not Available For Trade

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.”

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.

  • TJimmy

    Maybe they can threaten with the Franchise tag, but if Wallace is unhappy you know full well what the Steelers do with unhappy players.

    If Wallace goes, we’ll miss a good player but I’ve never really cared for his attitude anyway.

  • zyzak

    Bouchette and Dulac then are both wrong, again. They have to be the worst informed beat writers in the league. Every new story comes from well outside Pgh

  • This is probably correct, but take it with a grain of salt. If the Steelers were looking to shop Wallace, did anyone really expect Colbert to come out and say “yes, the trade rumors are true”, or “we’re open to trading Mike if the right offer comes along”? I know it wasn’t Colbert, but remember when we were told that Arians was expected to be back this year, then we were told that Arians decided to retire?

  • Mike.H

    and to rub salt in you, they charge $3 dollas a month.

  • SteelerDave

    Worst informed? Perhaps. The worst writer is Ron Cook who has no business being in sports anymore.

  • SteelerDave

    Still way too much control over Wallace and way to much leverage to trade him. Wallace will report within a week or he will sit until he must sign and play to become free.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Unfortunately, if they are far apart and a long term deal is not likely, it does not make sense for Wallace (from his perspective) to report until the 10th game.

    If they were close to a deal, both sides need to sit down and get the deal done. While I appreciate the Steelers policy of not negotiating with holdouts, they’re needlessly stretching it by applying it to a restricted free agent. The problem for Wallace is that he loses every chip he has when he signs the tender and that seems like a tough to move to make.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Dulac is a shill.

  • Itisafineday

    Good call… many have been calling-out Wallace for delaying the contract negotiations. It’s not as if Wallace has years left on his contract and is holding out. He really is, currently, a free-agent. Of course, under the rules agreed upon by the NFL and the player association he is still a Pittsburgh Steeler.

    The Steelers should probably not view Wallace’s circumstances the same way they did Hines Ward’s situation (for example), that took place several years back. It would probably be preferable if Pittsburgh kept the negotiations open, and explained to the press/fans how this current circumstance differs from other hold-outs. Especially, if the numbers between the team and Wallace are fairly close. Now, if Wallace is looking for some ridicules amount with this contract, then all bets are off.

  • Barcat

    As this site has posted many times in the past including this article, there is no reason to trade Wallace. If teams were not willing to give up a #1 during the FA period, then they are not going to do it now. Unless something crazy happens in camp and a team losses a star WR and is willing to break the bank for Wallace, but I don’t see that happening. Also, that franchise tag is very large for a WR and cap space is very limited, ven with restructuring and cuts. it would be hard to justify 10 million to Wallace. I thought that this situation was going to work out before now, so I really am unsure what either side is thinking at this point…

  • Another owens.

  • r4kolb

    I for one was hoping someone would have given up a #1 for him. So if a team like the Pats or 49ers weren’t willing to give up a bottom #1 for him what makes you think someone will give a 1 up now not knowing where that pick would be? He’s a 1 trick pony.

  • Barcat

    I’m confused r4kolb, that is exactly what I said?? I just added unless something crazy occurs in anyones camp…

  • Nicolai Simonsen

    The main reason why he’s not available for trade must be that’s he’s not under contract yet?

  • chris35776890765

    and the fact that it would be the dumbest move in team history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SteelSpine

    No doubt said that about Santonio Holmes too before traded Holmes for a 5th round draft pick.

    You didnt mention history, which is Many players who were traded in sports including NFL, their team’s GM (etc) had priorly said the player “is not available for trade”. Many players who were either a holdout or disgrunted etc, their team’s brass priorly had said the player is not available for a trade.

    Note also Colbert said Wallace is not available (as in RIGHT NOW) for a trade. He did not say Wallace won’t be traded. That leaves the future open. The reason Wallace is not available for a trade right now is because Wallace is not under contract.

    So that quote means nothing.

  • SteelSpine

    Exactly. Thanks.