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Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:36 pm
Pittsburgh would love to keep top wideout Wallace. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Colbert, as GM of the Steelers, is in a precarious position. Pittsburgh has little-to-no cap room and one of their top offensive players, wide receiver Mike Wallace, is a restricted free agent who's been viewed as a candidate for offer sheets from various AFC rivals.

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Colbert emphasized on Thursday at the NFL combine that the Steelers, despite rumors to the contrary, are still very much open to using the franchise tag on Wallace, even though it would tack on another $9.4 million to their salary cap.

"We won't know until we know what we're dealing with as far as cap space. So we have to leave that option open, absolutely," Colbert said. "The thing I can say for sure about Mike is that we want Mike to finish his career with the Steelers and we're confident that Mike wants to finish his career here and play with a great quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger and have the receivers we have to compliment him.

"We think he's only scratched the surface in what he can do. There's a lot left there that still can be developed and we're anxious to see it happen as a Steeler."

The Steelers are being hurt by changes to restricted free agent (RFA) rules in the new CBA; teams only have to surrender a first-round pick in exchange for Wallace if the Steelers decline to match any offer from someone else.

"The compensation is what it is," Colbert said. "We have to live within the rules and make the best decisions we can."

Cap space is the bigger issue, though. Even if the Steelers can get under the cap through cutting players and restructuring contracts, they'd still need to wiggle out another $10 million in order to easily bring Wallace back in 2012.

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Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:19 pm

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

Mr Wallace,

Ask Heins Ward about getting to finish your career in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh LOVES you right up to the minute they dont. Then they cut you.

If you want to do right by yourself and your family you will go to the highest bidder and say sayonara to this one way loyalty shown to Steelers players.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:29 am

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

If those QBs played behind the steelers o-line, they'd be done in a week!!!  Dumb-@zz!!!

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:28 am

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

: What would you know about how a sucessful franchise runs their operation?

Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:20 am

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'


Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:25 am

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

I personally think the 60 Minutes team will bring him back.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:36 am

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

They don't care where any of their players finish their career.  Just ask Hines Ward.  Or Franco Harris.  Or Rod Woodson.  Or...

If that's a criticism of the Steelers, then it's a criticism of the NFL and, really, pro sports in general, since that's how all (successful) teams operate.

That said, I hope however this works out, whether Wallace stays or goes, it hurts the Steelers somehow.  haha

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:00 am

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

Done as a steeler?  Do you think EVERYONE is restructering just to be a nice guy?  They all want wallace on the team and to pay the man.  All the talk about how the steelers were in such trouble and now with this they are right where they need to be.  With a few more terminations (allen, foote, farrior, ward, hampton and yes mendenhall) they'll be in very good shape to tag wallace or sign him long term and then come back to those guys with a more reasonable offer.  

Tag wallace with unrestricted tag (2 first rounders to pry him loose)
Sign ward for vet min or cotchery.
Sign hampton to vet min.

The steelers are an old team garbage is about to get thrown out of the window in 1 offseason.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:56 am

He's Done

Wallace is done as a Steeler.  Everyone that isn't a blind homer knows that. 

The big question is who will get him.  My guess is the 9ers.  

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:06 am

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

go zips:  couldnt happen to a better team!!!

I agree.  It's hard to find a better team.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:02 pm

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

@go zips...if it's brown flush it down!  LOL   @dynoflake...your attack on Big Ben shows your stupidity   Bottom line, the Steelers HAVE Brown and Sanders and YES they can afford to LOSE WALLACE if that be the case!  They need help in other, more immediate areas on this team. 

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