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Pros and cons of Steelers interest in Mike Tolbert


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The Steelers have interest in free agent running back Mike Tolbert but it's unclear how much for certain at this point. Nothing is set in stone for sure but it's a possibility nonetheless to explore amidst all the constant rehashing of old news that everyone seems enamored with these days. Talks broke down between Tolbert and the Chargers on Thursday night and he is now actively seeking employment elsewhere. According to Will DePaoli on twitter earlier this week: NFL source says #Chargers RB Mike Tolbert "would love to be a Steeler" and "he is everything Steelers are about"
Rumors have it that he may be scheduled to visit with the Steelers soon and assuming the team likes what they see it will come down to how much they can afford to pay him.  Even with the pay cut/restructure that Casey Hampton worked out with the team they still have other priorities to consider such as trying to work out a long term deal with Mike Wallace. As of now they are about $ 4.5 - $ 5 millio...

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Report: Mike Tolbert Not Visiting With Steelers Saturday


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Last night Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that unrestricted free agent running back Mike Tolbert was likely to land with the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Carolina Panthers and that Tolbert had a visit set up Saturday with an undisclosed team. In my post last night that relayed the report from Acee, I warned that although Tolbert would certainly be a fit for the Steelers in my own opinion, it was hard to speculate further about it until we knew for sure that Tolbert was indeed visiting the Steelers.

As it turns it, Tolbert does not have a visit scheduled right now according Read more [...]

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Mike Tolbert to Steelers is “not happening”

Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego passed along word late Friday that free agent running back Mike Tolbert was drawing interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The news from Acee came directly on the heels of his report that Tolbert and the Chargers were “ready to separate” after an ultimately fruitless round of intense contract negotiations.…

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DeSean Jackson Contract Seals Huge Market for Steelers WR Mike Wallace


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There's no doubt the wide receiver position has taken a massive leap forward in prominence within the NFL over the last five years.

With the line between a so-called No. 1 receiver and a No. 2 receiver graying each year, it seems now teams are loading up wherever and whenever possible at the wide receiver position.

Even if that receiver is a "one trick pony."

While it's hard to determine the exact value of a contract signed by an NFL free agent, the fact Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson signed a five-year, $ 51 million contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, shows at least the hugely escalating market price for a receiver.

Market price does not equal value, however.

It just means that's what teams in the NFC East are prone to pay.

We can reasonably expect Buss Cook, the agent of Steelers WR Mike Wallace, to enter extension negotiations with Pittsburgh armed with this contract.

The worst part is, if Cook doesn't get that deal for his client, someone's going to give it to him when he hits unrestricted free agency this year.

The report from ESPN spells out precisely why it's a problem for Pittsburgh:

Jackson held out last training camp because he wanted an extension and let his contract situation affect him. He was deactivated for a game after being late for a team meeting, dropped more passes than usual and his production dipped. But the Eagles are counting on Jackson to be the dynamic player he was in 2009-10.

In other words, Jackson acted as a distraction to the team on more than one occasion last season, produced less than he had in the past (his third straight season of less production) and has been whining for a new contract for over a year.

He got that contract.

What's the price for a receiver with better overall numbers per season, better health and a lack of a reputation of selfish actions (both on and off the field)?

Wallace hasn't missed a game since coming into the league in 2009. In 12 less games, he has approximately the same amount of catches per games (3.8 for Jackson, 3.5 for Wallace), 40 more yards per season (1,068 for Wallace, 1,021) and Wallace's numbers have increased every season. Jackson's have gone down. Wallace has more touchdowns (24) in less games than Jackson (21).

And before we try to suggest Jackson's return ability accounted for a huge part of his contract, he had 50 returns his rookie year, and just 17 last year (with 12 fair catches). His return ability obviously helps, but his injury history will likely lessen the amount of punt returns he fields throughout the life of his contract.

Jackson's production as a receiver has dropped over the past two seasons, which is probably the biggest reason why the Eagles didn't extend him before the 2011 season. In fact, I'm probably comparing Wallace with the wrong Jackson.

There's nothing statistically suggests Cook should ask for anything less than what Tampa Bay just gave Vincent Jackson (a reported five years, $ 55 million).

In seven seasons, Vincent Jackson has gone over 1,000 receiving yards three times. Wallace has done it twice in two years, and has a full yard on VJax in terms of yards per catch (18.7 to 17.5).

Vincent Jackson is significantly bigger, but Wallace is the big-play producer of the two, and he's 3.5 years younger.

And Wallace doesn't have two DWIs and a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy on his record, either.

Cook can easily make the argument his client is of more value to a team from both a production and a character standpoint. The ammunition the contracts given to both Vincent Jackson and Desean Jackson, to say nothing of the one given to Pierre Garcon by Washington (even suggesting a comparison between he and Wallace is laughable) is more than enough for Wallace to push a deal averaging north of $ 11 million a year.

The odds of the Steelers giving that much to a receiver, to put it mildly, would be unprecedented. It's not out of the question, but one thing is certain; Wallace now has all the leverage in his negotiation, and is more likely not to sign an offer sheet for less than what Tampa Bay gave to Vincent Jackson. He'll play for his $ 2.7 million this season without incident, looking to build again on another great season and get top five receiver money next year.



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Report: Steelers the Favorite to land Mike Tolbert


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Kevin Acee is reporting that Mike Tolbert is unlikely to resign in San Diego.  He is asking for more then what the Chargers are willing to pay.  Acee gives two landing spots for Tolbert.  The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers.  He lists the Steelers as the favorite to sign Tolbert.
If Tolbert is not willing to play for what the Chargers are willing to pay him I am not sure how the Steelers will afford him.  If the Steelers do acquire Tolbert they will most likely have to cut Rashard Mendenhall to cover the cost.  The Steelers have been rumored around a few running backs this offseason.  That most likely means they have no expectation that Mendenhall will return to the field this year.

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2012 NFL team needs – Pittsburgh Steelers


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Written by: Matthew BlunkBefore they fell to an 80-yard overtime touchdown pass from Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, the Steelers looked like a team prepared to go far in the playoffs. Ben Roethlisberger and his speedy group of receivers were lighting people up. Bruce Arians had transformed Pittsburgh into a passing team. A very effective passing team.Then Tebow happened.Things started to change. Arians got fired retired. The Rooneys publicly stated they wanted to maintain the Steeler identity of running the football. Roethlisberger publicly whined about Arians' departure and the hiring of "outsider" Todd Haley instead of quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner. And so plenty has already happened in the 2012 offseason of the Steelers. And there's plenty more to go:GuardDoug Legursky and Ramon Foster are on the open market, and all the Steelers have at guard right now is a guy named John Malecki. Something clearly must be done here. Carl Nicks and Ben Grubbs have been s...

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Chargers not expected to re-sign Tolbert, who may head to Steelers


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Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that free agent running back Mike Tolbert and the Chargers “seem ready to separate” after intense contract negotiations this week that ultimately went nowhere. Tolbert is asking for more money than the Chargers offered, and he is scheduled to visit an undisclosed team on Saturday morning. San Diego…

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