Report: Team Official Says In Regard To Mike Wallace, \”We\’ll Try Again Next Year\”

The Pittsburgh Steelers have landed in Denver and Mike Prisuta of DVE Radio reports via Twitter that no contract extensions are anticipated pre-kickoff. Unless you have been hiding underneath a rock, you know that is regarding wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Prisuta reports in his tweet that one team official said, “We\’ll try again next year.”

Now it is hard to read between the lines of that short quote as to whether or not it means that the team will franchise Wallace after the season, but being as the receiver would be an unrestricted free agent, it is really the only way that you could read that. Wallace will most certainly test the free agent market if the Steelers do not franchise him.

It would help to know how high up the team official is that Prisuta is quoting, but we will likely never get that answer. The Steelers could indeed franchise him next year and I have shown how that is a possibility. We shall see.

  • SteelSpine

    I give Ed Bouchette cred on this because he predicted long ago before OTAs, Ed had said Wallace will not be at OTAs & not arrive til last possible time late in preseason & will play out this year at the minimum tender.

    Steelers will not franchise Wallace next year, same reason they didnt franchise him this year: Steelers dont wanna pay him $10 mil (franchise amt is almost $10 mil).

    After this season, I dont think Steelers will offer Wallace market value at that time, unless (God forbid) ABrown misses end of this season with a major injury. That’s why doubt Wallace here after this season. Market value is of-course whatever other teams pay starting receivers or what any team offers Wallace. Next offseason Rooneys will offer under the market value to Wallace. That’s because we have a star in AB, (+ maybe by then Rainey becomes a star, & maybe by then Emmanuel will become solid for us); Wallace will be worth market value ($8-10 mil) to other teams who want to add a starting receiver, but Rooney wont offer as much as the market someone else will be willing to pay, so he’ll be gone.

  • Ahmad

    Well looks like this is his last year here. I’ll enjoy him while it lasts.