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La Canfora: Steelers, Mike Wallace continue to make progress on new deal
By Will Brinson | Senior NFL Blogger
July 19, 2012
Pittsburgh and Wallace are working towards a new deal. (US Presswire)
The time to sign players tendered a franchise tag has come and gone, but the pink elephant that is Mike Wallace still remains in the Steelers living room, with Wallace potentially holding out of camp, unhappy with his $2.72 million tender.
CBSSports.com's NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports Thursday that the parties are in "close contact" and that the two sides continue to make progress on a new deal.
"The sides have remained in close contact and continued their dialogue and are expected to maintain a steady pace with the start of training camp looming," La Canfora reports. "There has been some movement and though no deal is imminent and work remains to be done, the situation has certainly improved since early this offseason. Both sides are motivated to complete a long-term contract."
La Canfora also pointed out that the Steelers aren't shy about locking up their young talent. CBSSports.com's Ryan Wilson broke this down as well earlier, pointing out that LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons and Troy Polamalu all got long-term deals after training camp began.
So there's certainly reason for optimism if you're a Steelers fan that the team will be able to get Wallace locked down before the season begins.
Last edited by hawaiiansteel; 07-19-2012 at 04:55 PM.
Steelers' talks with Wallace going well as team saves money by cutting T Scott
JULY 19, 2012 BY: MATTHEW MARCZI
As the beginning of training camps approach around the league, there is one issue left to be resolved within the Steelers organization grabbing the attention of the rest of the league. That is the unresolved contract issues with Pro Bowl fourth year wide receiver Mike Wallace.
ESPN’s John Clayton earlier this week reported that the Steelers remained optimistic that a deal could be reached before training camp, which, for the Steelers, will begin on July 25th. Today, Jason La Canfora for the CBS Sports website reports that Wallace and the organization are in “close contact” and that the two parties “continue to make progress on a new deal”.
La Canfora also notes that “both sides are motivated to complete a long-term contract”, which is certainly in keeping with the chorus that Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert has been repeating throughout the offseason as the team’s top priority. The parties “are expected to maintain a steady pace with the start of training camp looming”.
Although this is the first case in recent years with a key player not under contract still negotiating a deal this late, there are many instances in very recent history of the Steelers negotiating well into the training camp and preseason on new deals. All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu signed a new contract extension last season, in fact, on September 10th, avoiding the uncertainty of entering the season on the last year of his contract.
As was written here previously, the signing of veteran tackle Max Starks yesterday gave the Steelers an opportunity to save money, which could then be used to sign Wallace.
The money saved would be achieved by releasing reserve tackle Jonathan Scott, who entered last season as the starting left tackle, but performed so poorly during the first month that the team brought back Starks to shore up the line despite cutting him during the offseason as a salary cap casualty. Starks was also out of shape after having been unable to work out while recovering from a neck injury that landed him on injured reserve in 2010.
Today, a day after signing Starks, the team has already announced the release of Scott, which will save the team more than $2 million. The swift action on this decision may be another signal that a deal with Wallace is imminent. Otherwise, it would be more beneficial to keep Scott in training camp as long as possible in case there is an injury.
On the other hand, the organization also has a history of cutting players early in the hopes that they can catch on with another team before the start of the season. They did just this earlier in the offseason when they cut several key veterans. It is likely, however, that in the event of injury, Scott can be brought back on a much more cap friendly veteran minimum contract regardless of whether or not Scott’s release is a direct indication of an impending deal with Wallace.
Sounds like we are going to sign Wallace to a deal pretty soon.
hope this deal gets done.
wallace has conducted himself like a true professional, despite the hysterics of some of the posters here.
he has been called lazy, greedy, selfish, and being in possession of an out of control ego, which is the exact opposite of what I have seen in the 3 years wallace has played WR here. the pile on has been pretty disheartening to watch.
the steelers have had a bargain in wallace. he has earned a fair deal.
pay that man his money. (for ruthless)
i hope he signs but not for more than 6-7 million per. he aint worth it