Daily Archives: February 23, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Steelers intend to do everything they can to re-sign top receiver Mike Wallace and keep him with the team for a long time, general manager Kevin Colbert said.
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Ben Roethlisberger became the fifth Steelers player to restructure his deal, and this one may bring the team even with the NFL's salary cap.
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The Mike Wallace dilemma continues for the Steelers, and while many (me included) have written off him coming back to the black and gold in 2012, GM Kevin Colbert said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday in Indy that the team is going to work hard to get Wallace back for 2012 and beyond.
“We want Mike to finish his career with the Steelers and we’re pretty sure he wants to end his career [with the] Steelers,” Colbert told reporters. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that Mike Wallace remains a Pittsburgh Steeler and I think that’s Mike’s belief as well. Usually when you have two parties that share the same goal, it’s easier to achieve that goal.”
Wallace stated that he and his agent, Bus Cook, are chatting with the Steelers about a deal, but at the same time said that he wants to get paid after three very good seasons with the Steelers.
“Yeah, we are talking, but I don`t know how far they are going to get right now because of the situation,” Wallace said. “I know that they are working hard trying to take care of it, but I don`t know. We`ll see.”
Colbert Thursday didn’t say how the Steelers are going to try to do things to keep Wallace around, but the best bet is to think they are going to put a $ 2.7 million first-round tender on the wide out, this way if another team makes a huge offer the Steelers can’t match, they will get that teams first round pick this season.
You could look at it this way though, the Steelers may actually be thinking about putting the whopping $ 9.4 million franchise tag on Wallace. If they do that, it will pretty much be a for sure that he will be back in 2012, but at the same time, the team will have to make some rather drastic moves as they will be even more over the salary cap.
Bottom line, the Steelers have until March 5th to decide whether to put the tag on Wallace and until March 13th to get under the salary cap. It’s going to be an interesting few weeks as they try to get something done with their speedy wide out.
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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert talks to the media about the NFL Scouting Combine.
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Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert sat down with SiriusXM NFL Radio for an interview following his media session at the 2012 NFL combine and he was asked about several things concerning the Steelers by host Adam Schein and Rich Gannon. A few of the questions centered around the style of play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the forthcoming relationship he will have with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
First Colbert was asked about how the change from Bruce Arians to Haley came about and Colbert said, "Ultimately Coach Tomlin felt that Coach Arians was talking about Read more [...]
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A funding agreement between the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rivers Casino and Port Authority – brokered by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald – will provide free rides on the T light rail system b...
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San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke joined Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM NFL Radio today at the 2012 NFL combine for an interview. Baalke was asked in an indirect way about Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace and his comments that he made on Wednesday about his willingness to play for another team.
Schein acknowledged in his questioning that he knew Baalke could not mention Wallace by name, but he asked him if that kind of wide receiver, who is a deep threat, would be the kind of wide receiver he would be looking for in the offseason. Read more [...]
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Free agency hasn’t even started yet, but the Steelers are already behind the 8-ball according to just about every expert on TV and radio.
Every time you hear those insiders talk about free agency, the one team that they all say is in a heap of trouble is that of the Steelers.
They have already gone over like a fine tooth comb a bunch of contracts to try and save money, but there’s still a looming issue that this team is going to be very much over the cap when free agency starts.
While the team has most of their big name players under contract, there’s one player that is already planning his exit strategy – that of WR Mike Wallace.
If you’ve watched ESPN or NFL Network over the past 7-10 days, they have already written off that Wallace is as good as gone, and the Pro Bowl WR himself seems to already packing his bags as well.
Wallace was asked on NFL Radio if he’d be interested in playing for the 49ers or Patriots, two teams that will for sure be in the bidding for the soon to be restricted free agent.
“Most definitely. Those are two playoff-caliber teams. Super Bowl-caliber teams,” said Wallace. “I think that the right person or the right piece for those guys could put them over the top. All they need is one more piece … most definitely, those are Super Bowl-contending teams.”
Wallace said later in the interview – “I definitely want to get my money,” and there’s no doubt that the Steelers don’t have the salary-cap room to use a $ 9 million franchise tag on him.
So get ready Steelers fans, this isn’t going to be easy. First there’s the drama that appears to be surrounding when the team will have to lay on fans the release of Hines Ward (I still think this is coming), and now it seems like a given that Wallace is headed for the exits as well.
On the bright side, Wallace is going to garner a first-round pick, and the hope is if he’s gone, a team OUTSIDE the Division and even the conference puts in an offer, and hopefully a team with a high pick.
Best case – The Rams take a shot on him, giving the Steelers the #2 pick (won’t happen, but one can hope).
More likely – #29 Baltimore or #31 New England land Wallace, giving the Steelers two first round picks, but also putting him in the hornets nest of the Steelers two biggest rivals to win the conference.
Somewhere in the Middle - #30 San Fran takes Wallace, which would give the Steelers the 24th and 30th picks, and at least Wallace would be out of sight, out of mind in San Fran.
So what will the Black and Gold look like without Wallace? Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are your starting WR’s, while Jerricho Cotchery comes back as the number three, and there’s a number of other wide outs to fill the void.
Finally, there is some hope I guess, and that’s the Steelers pull a magic act and find a way to pay Wallace, keeping him with a deal with Pittsburgh.
He did leave a glimmer of hope in the interview on NFL Radio – “I wouldn’t want to go anywhere and leave the situation where I am at with a great quarterback, a great organization or go somewhere where I don’t feel like I could succeed.”
Well, then how about getting this settled and inking a deal? Won’t happen. Book it.
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As Long as the Steelers Have a Franchise Quarterback, They Should be Able to Endure the Inevitable Roster Changes
As many long-time Steelers fans will tell you, one of the biggest mistakes the franchise ever made was passing on Dan Marino in the 1983 draft. Some have said that had the team drafted Marino, they may have won another title or two in the 80's.
I have a hard time believing that. It seems to me that those 80's squads were filled with a lot of mediocre talent, and it's hard to picture guys like Walter Abercrombie and Weegie Thompson being part of a Super Bowl parade, but after watching some of Bill Cowher's playoff teams come up short time and time again, maybe there's something to that.
Cowher's Steelers playoff teams from the 90's and early 00's were loaded with talent, but the one thing that seemed to keep them from winning a championship was the lack of a bona fide franchise quarterback.
When the Steelers finally drafted Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, it ended their 20 year drought in the elite quarterback department , and it soon put them over the top to the tune of three Super Bowl appearances and two World Championships.
It's been a wonderful ride and a new golden era for Steelers fans. Unfortunately, however, the team faces major decisions regarding some legendary players, and there is a fear that the time for Super Bowl championships may be coming to an end.
However, I think the 2011 New England Patriots proved that as long as a team has a franchise quarterback, it can still be a serious Super Bowl contender.
To be honest, I thought the Patriots run as legit contenders was pretty much over. After their 18-1 campaign in 2007, the Pats failed to make the playoffs in 2008 and were one and done the following two years.
By 2011, the Patriots were seven years removed from their last Super Bowl championship, and it's pretty rare for a team to remain in the hunt that many years later. Besides, New England's 2011 roster looked nothing like their '04 team as legends like Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi, Willie Mcginest and Rodney Harrison were long gone.
The one constant, however, was Tom Brady. While the roster may have been younger in a lot of areas--the defense was certainly a work in progress--with Brady under center, the Patriots were able to maintain their championship level and make it to their fifth Super Bowl since 2001.
The Steelers will be forced to make some tough decisions here in the near-future, and there is no doubt that the roster will undergo some serious reconstruction.
Hey, that's life in today's NFL.
With free agency and a salary cap, it's harder today than it was years ago to maintain a championship level--kudos to the Steelers for keeping the team together for as long as it has--but with a franchise quarterback, an organization can still stay in contention as long as the front office and coaching staff do a decent job in overhauling the roster.
As Steelers fans, we'll have to say goodbye to some beloved Super Bowl heroes in the weeks, months and years to come, but with Ben Roethlisberger still in the prime of his career, we may not have to say goodbye to Super Bowl runs any time soon.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain