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Steelers Re-sign C/G Cody Wallace


The Pittsburgh Steelers are following up the Tuesday signing of former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell by re-signing a few of their own unrestricted free agents on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, it was officially announced that both safety Will Allen and long snapper Greg Warren had been re-signed and now the team has just announced on Twitter that backup center/guard Cody Wallace has been re-signed to a three-year contract

The Steelers originally signed Wallace just prior to the start of the 2013 season after he released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he wound up starting the final four games of the season at center after then-starter Fernando Velasco was lost for the season with a torn Achilles suffered late in the Week 13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

While Velasco filled in admirably for Maurkice Pouncey after he was lost for the year with a knee injury suffered in the season opener, Wallace really stabilized the position even more to close out the season. Wallace has a very nasty demeanor about him and while not technically sound in his play, he manages to get the job done.

Due to the length of the contract that Wallace signed on Wednesday, it’s apparent the Steelers see him as the long-term backup to Pouncey moving forward. In addition to playing center, Wallace can also play both guard spots in a pinch, even though center is by far his natural and best position.

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  • JohnB

    The doctor is IN!

  • treeher

    Good. Hopefully he’ll be aware that TV cameras are everywhere.

  • dgh57

    Very smart move as a solid backup in Wallace was sure needed!

  • stellarsfan

    So long velasco?

  • steeltown

    Oh yea!

  • Steelers12328882

    Nice! Now I hope Steeler fans clam up about moving Pouncey to Guard.

  • stellarsfan

    Legursky 2.0

  • steeltown

    He was seriously injured, im sure there’s a decent chance he’s brought in on a 1yr qualifying deal to compete in camp, but he may still be rehabbing at that point

  • dkoy85

    Haha!

  • dkoy85

    Now let’s get Cotchery on the books!

  • Biggie

    Great Resign, hope we can also resign Velasco but Wallace is great for depth on the interior.

  • Chad H

    I like this move. Solid back up that brings a little security to the position.

  • James Kling

    I thought the same thing, but a little better than Legs. Plays mean.

  • Madi

    Three years? I have not seen enough good from him to warrant that. I’d be happy to give him a one year, and then see how we feel. This surprises me. Hopefully it is a contract we can get out of easily in the future, if we need to.

  • http://batman-news.com steellife007

    long term? He’ll be 30yrs old in the middle of next season…I’m sure they’ll be happy with the 3 yrs of hopefully good depth and move on. 3 yrs is a perfect amount….happy with the resign!

  • Bradys_Dad

    Agreed – but I’d rather he play with that nasty streak than be a milk toast OL like Gilbert and Adams

  • treeher

    Fer sure. I’m sure Munch will be chewing on those guys.

  • Alan Felicia

    How is Wallace, a journeyman player who never made it past the Practice Squad with 5 different teams (SF, Detroit twice, NY Jets, Texan, and Tampa) and was lucky enough to play due to injuries to both starting and backup Center last year, better than Legursky?
    At least Legursky played well with Pittsburgh, started 17 games as both Center and Guard, and actually became a starter with Buffalo last season.

  • SteelersDepot

    3 years is long-term in the NFL.

  • Derick L Young

    fans that say that are clueless about certain parts of football. JMO

  • Derick L Young

    Just like James Harrison, they get better… Especially when they play in games.

  • Derick L Young

    No need to resign him and probably not the best idea since Wallace plays the same position(s) and Velasco recently had a serious injury.

  • Derick L Young

    apparently the coaches have.

  • Derick L Young

    Hope they resign Cotch sooner than later.

  • http://batman-news.com steellife007

    Ok, I guess I could give you that it’s somewhat in the middle…but come on with long term lol…4 yrs might be the avg career but that’s bc of all the one and dones in the league, and just bc short term is 1 and 2 yrs doesn’t mean 3 is long term. Either way, I’m happy with the length…as I said before I think it’s perfect…..and keep up the good work; love this site!!!

  • joed32

    He played guard but not well at all, pretty much a center only.

  • joed32

    Today.

  • James Kling

    Wallace got some push at the POA, more than I saw from Legs. And Legs struck me as competent, not really someone who ever dominated his matchups. There were times Wallace did.

    I don’t know why the light went on for Wallace, or if it’s just a small and misleading sample size, but maybe Derick’s right, it just took time to get him to the right place.

  • NW86

    Most likely yes, I’m afraid. No need for 3 veteran centers on the team. I saw these two as a “one or the other” proposition. You have to feel a little bad for the guy because he did an admirable job, and just had a bad injury at a bad time. Hopefully he gets another chance somewhere.

  • srdan

    Is there a chance Pouncey plays guard?

  • chris ward

    Really like this signing by the Steelers, Wallace played well down the stretch in the last month of the season. Gives the Steelers a quality back up to Pouncey and can play guard as well.

  • Derick L Young

    why?!?

  • steeltown

    In retrospect, if Velasco hadnt suffered an injury and he played basically the entire season as our starting Center, he’d be a fairly hot commodity in the FA market. We may not have been able to re-sign him, especially because he would probably want to start

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Every time I see his name it reminds me of South Park. There was an early episode called “Alien Probe” or something where Cartman kept getting anally probed. Hilarious!

  • srdan

    pouncey excelled there a couple years ago. Foster can’t move in space. To have a zone RB like Bell, and guards that could pull either way would add a dimension to our offense.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    guard is a more important position

  • srdan

    Also it gives the steelers insurance in case Pouncey wants stupid money for an extension.

    If we could get Wallace to play how he did last year, I would have no problem with pouncey walking.

  • srdan

    i don t know enough to crown either a better player technically, but I sure appreciate his mean streak/tenacity.

  • Madi

    Yeah, I guess so. To be fair, I’m sort of averaging out his terrible play early with his better play later. Maybe they feel like he has a good handle on things now and will get better with another year of Haley, plus Munchak. I’ll still cross my fingers that he doesn’t see the field.

  • AndyR34

    I would say clueless about any part of football! JMO

  • AndyR34

    What contract can we not get out of easily just by cutting the player??? Even with Woodley, we got out of it easily…expensive, but easily.

  • shawn

    like the signing … glad they did a multiple year contract much like i had said earlier !

  • AndyR34

    Are you making the suggestion that our OL would be better with Wallace in it than Foster? I want whatever happy juice you are on! LOL

  • srdan

    lol

    Yes I am. IMO Wallace has a dimension that Foster doesn’t (attitude). What worries me about my suggestion is moving pouncey from Center.

  • Derick L Young

    what what what!

  • Derick L Young

    lol

  • Alan Felicia

    Just sayin’, a journeyman player in Wallace better than a starting player in Legursky. Was never impressed with Wallace as he played well enough for a 3rd string. Would rather have Velasco as a backup.

  • James Kling

    Legursky was a “starting player” the same way Wallace was: he stepped in when others were injured. You didn’t think Wallace played well down the stretch in relief of Velasco? And believe me, I want Velasco back, too. I never said I didn’t. Having Velasco and Wallace would give us some very solid depth options, guys who have proven they can step up and start if needed. IMO, both played better in that role than Legs did, but opinions are like… something.

  • Madi

    I guess if flushing millions of dollars down the toilet is easy for you, then you’re right. I suppose I should have been more clear. Sorry you didn’t understand my point.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    its the truth. how many big money centers are there in the league? zero.

  • walter mason

    As long as we dont restructure him and pay him years in advance, we can get out easy by simply cutting him.

  • walter mason

    Madi, if we cut Wallace in the future we dont have to pay year 2 or 3. This is not like Woodley. He was restructured so much he had dead money after he was cut. Bad comparison by Andy.

  • alex

    and Woods

  • Jazz

    Long Term Backup? No, I look at this signing as an insurance policy, I think he’s just as good as Pouncey. Granted, he may not be as atheletic as Pouncey, but like I’ve been saying for the past couple of years, Pouncey is OVER-RATED! They would be foolish to resign him to a contract this summer. Bring him back and see what he provides in 2014.

  • Jazz

    Bravo! Bravo! To add to that, certain players seem to fit specific schemes better. I think this kid will contribute in 2014, I’m sure the new O/L Coach saw something in him as well. By the way, have you noticed they haven’t talked to Pouncey about an extension as of yet? Hmm! Makes you wonder.

  • Dan

    He plays with an edge. And got a hell of a punch , he’s a real grinder a player that really knows how to get down and dirty

  • Derick L Young

    I think if contract extensions happen for Ben and or Maurkice, it will be after June 2nd when the Woodley cut goes into effect money wise.

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