In 2012 he was far worse than his numbers, and well below elite. His 836 yards and 8 TDs do not show the lack of effort that he showed. Those numbers don't explain that he would only go after the ball if he was all alone and it hit him in the hands. They do not show the comments made to the media that he loses focus during games. Worst of all, it does not show the effect on the rest of the team when their star receiver does not seem to care about doing his part to help them all succeed.
So we are caught in a bit of a mirage here. Was Mike Wallace elite for us? Yes. When he left did we lose an elite player? No. Not only was he not an elite player in 2012, his negatives far outweighed his positives.
There is not basis whatsoever to assume Wallace would have signed regardless the offer because he wanted to see what his value was.
And if he is honest in saying he was offered more by the vikings, the point is entirely moot. Miami is more appealing to him PERIOD.
He is a southerner to begin with. Based on his playing for LESS in Miami he likely just likes warm weather period. Maybe the beaches.
The Steelers cannot pay him with a guaranteed warm winter on the beach contract.
We tried to sign him so how can we blame the team? We SETTLED on Brown for less.
Regardless of how much less we offered than the Fins based on his actions and not going with the Vikes it was not possible for us to sign him.
You wanna blame someone for Wallace not being a Steeler BLAME HIM. I dont it is his life he needs to do what makes him happy.
As for Brown and his far lesser deal. Had we not signed him (when it was clear we had no chance at Wallace) we would have NO VETERAN receiver under contract. They would ALL have great leverage meaning we would HAVE to overpay somebody. Yes, it was a risk, but there was a risk of having nobody too. Unlike Wallace Brown has a third the guaranteed money. We can cut him with far less of an impact if the gamble fails.
Bottom like it WAS NEVER choosing Brown over Wallace, we settled on Brown at far less cost.
Wallace wasn't jumping on anything but the next plane headed for warm weather.Come on Dizz these two statements are by definition MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.The real reason Wallace didn't sign was Bruce Arians getting fired. While fans hate the guy our WR's LOVED him. Arians put WR's in the best position to succeed in our O and we canned him.
You know the first statement is truth.
Dont let the sudden man crush on the very coach you wanted fired cloud your usually excellent logic.