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    Here is the article about Wallace vs Brown. Did the Steelers overreact?

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    Did Steelers' decision to sign Antonio Brown cost them Mike Wallace?
    When Mike Wallace did not report with the rest of his teammates on the first day of training camp, the Steelers wasted little time reacting to his holdout: They called Antonio Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and summoned him to Latrobe as fast as they could.
    Within two days, the Steelers and Rosenhaus had crafted a new contract for Brown – a six-year extension worth $42.5 million, a big number for a player who was considered the No. 2 receiver and was entering just his third season in the league.
    But, with that signing, the Steelers were telling Wallace and just about anyone else that they considered Brown, not Wallace, their No. 1 receiver.
    That signing, that decision, is the reason the Steelers will not be able to re-sign Wallace, who is an unrestricted free agent. If they consider Brown to be their No. 1 receiver – and his signing would certainly suggest that – then the Steelers are not going to sign Wallace to a contract bigger than the one they gave Brown. Their pay structure doesn’t operate that way.
    So did the Steelers react emotionally and make a rash decision to hurriedly sign Brown?
    An argument could be made to suggest they did.
    Here’s why:
    The Steelers signed Brown to a big contract extension because he was coming off a season in which he became the first player in NFL history to have 1,000 receiving yards and 1,000 return yards in the same season. Brown also made the Pro Bowl as a return specialist.
    Also, Brown looked to be the better and more productive receiver than Wallace in the second half of the 2011 season. He had 51 of his 69 catches and 846 of his 1,108 receiving yards in the final 10 games of the season. Wallace, meantime, had only 19 catches for 271 yards in the final six games.
    But there was a reason for that.
    When it became apparent to the coaches that Hines Ward could no longer be an effective receiver, the Steelers moved Brown to the split end, or X, position in their offense because he did not know the plays or assignments at Ward’s position – flanker. Split end is more of a big-play position with deeper routes and opportunities for more catches. The Steelers moved Wallace to flanker (or Z receiver), where he had more inside routes and blocking assignments.

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    So....what Chadman has been saying all along then?
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    I think attitude had more to do with it than anything. Sure wally had talent, but he turned into a whiny douche with his holdout and they decided to go with the guy who busts ass every day no matter the contract. Did AB have a bad 2012? Yes. IHMO we signed the right guy. AB has a business like attitude whereas MW has a me me me now now now attitude. Bye bye mikey. Good luck in Arizona.
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    So... a reporter gives his opinion and it becomes fact?

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    So... a reporter gives his opinion and it becomes fact?
    No.....but it becomes a valid point to make. Also, just so we fully understand the impact on the Steelers 2013 Salary Cap... Brown will cost the Steelers $6.2m in 2013. He was scheduled to be an RFA in 2013- not UFA. His tender value, if given the highest tender, would have been $2.89m.

    That $3.8m difference could be the difference between Keenan Lewis starting, and Cortez Allen starting.

    Or Max Starks starting over Marcus Gilbert/ Mike Adams.

    The signing/non-signing of Wallace should not have impacted the signing of Brown. It was a bad business decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadman View Post
    No.....but it becomes a valid point to make. Also, just so we fully understand the impact on the Steelers 2013 Salary Cap... Brown will cost the Steelers $6.2m in 2013. He was scheduled to be an RFA in 2013- not UFA. His tender value, if given the highest tender, would have been $2.89m.

    That $3.8m difference could be the difference between Keenan Lewis starting, and Cortez Allen starting.

    Or Max Starks starting over Marcus Gilbert/ Mike Adams.

    The signing/non-signing of Wallace should not have impacted the signing of Brown. It was a bad business decision.
    On the other hand...

    Signing Wallace to a contract would have created the same cap issue this year...probably more if there had been a greater amount of guaranteed money...in addition to the RFA tender issued to Brown...

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    Wallace is the only one who decideed not to sign the offer he got. Wallace is one who held out when he waqs told the Steelers would not negotiate with a holdout. Wallace made his decisions and he is not a victim like some want to portray him for making his choices.

    If Wallace leaves it is because of Wallace. His choice, his decision.

    The bottomline is the Steelers invested their money in a player who works harder than any player on the team including the player who rejected the money and who seemed more committed to the Steelers than the player who rejected the money. IMO that is a good investment.
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    Yeah, not buying it. Brown passes the eye test. He runs sharper routes, has better hands, and is more nifty in space. He is the all around better WR. I'm not saying Wallace is a slug, but his game is built on pure speed. Take away that and he is a below average WR.

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    It seemed like that Steelers did something that was uncharacteristic and hastily resigned Brown to a contract because Wallace didn't accept their offer. The move reeked of arrogance by the Steelers organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BURGH86STEEL View Post
    It seemed like that Steelers did something that was uncharacteristic and hastily resigned Brown to a contract because Wallace didn't accept their offer. The move reeked of arrogance by the Steelers organization.
    +1...Someone let their ego get in the way of business....

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