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Jake Locker out again this week

The Titans have a quick turnaround for their Thursday nighter against the Steelers and it is going to be too quick for them to get quarterback Jake Locker back in the lineup. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean passes along word from Titans coach Mike Munchak that Matt Hasselbeck will get a second straight start when…ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers rule out James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, and Rashard Mendenhall again

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The Steelers have an early bye week this season, week 4, and it’s coming at the right time as they have several key players nursing injuries. However, before they can get to the bye, they’ll have to go to Oakland to play the Oakland Raiders without starting safety Troy Polamalu, starting outside linebacker James Harrison, and starting running b...

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Blackout lifted, Raiders will be televised in Oakland again

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Despite a disappointing 0-2 start, the Raiders have sold enough tickets to lift the local television blackout: The team has announced that Sunday’s home game against the Steelers will be shown on local TV in the Bay Area. That doesn’t necessarily mean the game is sold out: The Raiders have taken advantage of the new…

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Steelers at Raiders Friday Injury Report – Harrison and Polamalu Both Out Again

PITTSBURGH STEELERS   Status Report OUT LB James Harrison (knee), RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee), S Troy Polamalu (calf), LB Stevenson Sylvester (knee)   QUESTIONABLE T Mike Adams (back)   PROBABLE RB Jonathan Dwyer (toe), T Marcus Gilbert (groin), QB Byron Leftwich (illness), TE Heath Miller (abdomen), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee), WR M...

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Jets Coach Rex Ryan Talking About ‘Pittsburgh Flu’ Again

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Report: Team Official Says In Regard To Mike Wallace, “We’ll Try Again Next Year”

The Pittsburgh Steelers have landed in Denver and Mike Prisuta of DVE Radio reports via Twitter that no contract extensions are anticipated pre-kickoff. Unless you have been hiding underneath a rock, you know that is regarding wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Prisuta reports in his tweet that one team official said, "We'll try again next year."


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Max Starks feels blessed to be the Steelers’ starting left tackle again

When Max Starks became a free agent in March and the Steelers’ didn’t re-sign him, he didn’t think he’d be back as their starting left tackle. And when the Steelers drafted Mike Adams in April and declared Adams their starting left tackle of the future, Starks really didn’t think he’d be back as Pittsburgh’...

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Plaxico vows to be dominant again

The pool of out-of-work-veteran-receivers-with-impressive-careers is down to, well, one. Plaxico Burress still doesn’t have a job.  And he recently told KILT in Houston that, once he gets one, he’ll be even better than he was in 2011, when he scored eight touchdowns for the Jets. “[F]or me to go out and do some of the…

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Tackle Max Starks is Healthly, Could Again Add Stability to Offensive Line

For Pittsburgh Steelers fans, these past few weeks have been crawling along at a snails pace as the team prepares for training camp. While there has been some tidbits dropped on the Mike Wallace situation and there have been a couple of small transactions, no sweeping news has truly become known.Although, if fans can read between some lines and look closely at social media outlets such as twitter, they may expect to see a roster move shortly. At the end of last week on twitter, veteran offensive tackle (and Ben Roethlisberger favorite) Max Starks (@maxstarks78) announced he was working on pass protection and felt he was near 100 percent. Something that should ring as music to the ears of Steelers fans across Steeler Nation.

Last season, Starks was instrumental in stabilizing the offensive line once he returned to the team. In fact, one can argue that without him, the Steelers would not have made it to the playoffs in 2011. Unfortunately, his season (like the Steelers) came to a pa...

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Ike Taylor Speaking for Mike Wallace Again, Feigns Optimism but Past Comparables Suggest Problems


Steelers CB Ike Taylor should be on WR Mike Wallace's payroll, with the amount of speaking he's done for his teammate this offseason.

The most recent occurrence, at his 9th annual "Face Me, Ike" camp at Arden Cahill Academy in Gretna, La., where Taylor grew up, mirrors a bit of what he said on his TribLive Radio show in May; optimism a deal will get done, but recognition it's all a part of the process.

So is this just lip service?

NFL.com's Brian McIntyre makes an interesting point; Wallace is under "club control" for the next two seasons, with the restricted free agency offer he's been given, and a potential franchise tag in 2013. Together, McIntyre estimates the maximum the Steelers would have to pay to retain Wallace for the next two seasons is $ 12.5 million.

All of that would be guaranteed. Because of that, the $ 12.5 million figure would likely be where both sides would start negotiating. By Wallace holding out training camp instead of signing his $ 2.7 million tender offer this year, he'd further jeopardize that number increasing through negotiations with the Steelers.

However, he knows, barring injury, those are the relative values of the two consecutive 1-year deals he'd get, with the second one being a salary cap-killing $ 10 million, give or take a few bucks.

I've opined Wallace's agent, Bus Cook (the same agent who negotiated Lions WR Calvin Johnson's mega-deal this offseason) will likely seek a number north of what Tampa Bay gave Vincent Jackson this offseason - five years, $ 55 million total value, $ 26 million of that is guaranteed, all in the first two years of the deal.

Wallace has a bit better overall numbers than Jackson does, but more than anything, what you see with Jackson is Wallace's future. Jackson got caught in the lockout year, when the elimination of the salary cap meant players needed six accrued years to become eligible for free agency. Jackson had five, and was given the high-level tender offer from San Diego, the same way Pittsburgh did with Wallace.

Jackson not only skipped training camp in 2010, but skipped the first seven games, before reporting to the team in time to serve a three-game suspension for his absence by general manager A.J. Smith. The Chargers exercised their right to reduce Jackson's tender offer to 110 percent of his previous salary, something the Steelers elected to not do (perhaps because they saw how poorly that strategy worked out with Jackson) with Wallace.

Jackson was given the franchise tag in 2011, earning around $ 11 million - up from the $ 300,000 he made in 2010.

Or, just a bit less than the club control figure the Steelers have on Wallace.

We won't know if the report suggesting Wallace wanted a contract in the vicinity of Larry Fitzgerald is legitimate or not, but Jackson's battle and ensuing contract with Tampa Bay strongly suggests he'd be looking for somewhere around five years, $ 58 million with $ 30 million guaranteed. The Steelers do not appear to be in a cap position to front-load the deal, thus making it easier to cut ties with him quickly if things don't work out in the first two years. Spreading that much money out over at least four years of the deal would make future deals with other players a bit more difficult.

Many teams will look to make huge lump-sum guaranteed payments to players in certain years, hoping to limit the future cap damage of a big contract followed by an injury or lack of performance. That's what Tampa Bay did with Jackson - a twice convicted DUI offender. Tampa also had more money in cap space than the gross domestic product of many third-world countries. The Steelers do not.

So as optimistic as Taylor may be about his buddy and fellow Louisiana native, the numbers paint a bleaker picture.

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