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Video: Steelers Confident a Deal Can Get Done with Wallace Before Camp

John Clayton says the Steelers are confident that they can reach a long-term deal with star WR Mike Wallace before training camp begins....

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Report: Steelers Still Optimistic About Getting Deal Done With Wallace Before Camp


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We can't go a full week without an update on Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent Mike Wallace, now can we?

Last weekend it was Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange that reported that there’s been very little negotiating and no progress made between the Steelers and Wallace in regard to new long-term deal. Today, John Clayton of ESPN said ...

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Ike Taylor Thinks Mike Wallace Will Get New Contract Done In Time For Camp


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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is back home in Louisiana this weekend hosting his annual football camp at Arden Cahill Academy in Gretna and he spoke to the local media there about several topics related to the Steelers.

According to Albert Burford of The Times-Picayune, Taylor said that he thinks that teammate Mike Wallace will resolve his contract dispute soon and be in training camp when the team reports to Latrobe late next month. "He's going to be there (training camp)," Taylor said. "They'll get it done. When you talk about that kind of money, it's not an overnight type of deal. Read more [...]

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Steelers get Chris Rainey’s contract done

Chris Rainey left this weekend’s rookie minicamp with a better sense of the Steelers offense as well as a new four-year contract. The Steelers announced that they reached agreement on a deal with the former Florida Gator that they selected in the fifth round of the draft. Rainey was one of the combine stars thanks…

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Steelers draft bust Limas Sweed may not be done in the NFL yet

As a second-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2008, wide receiver Limas Sweed was a major disappointment, catching a grand total of seven passes for 69 yards in 20 games before being released after suffering Achilles and shoulder injuries. He hasn’t played in a regular-season game since late in 2009, but Sweed’s NFL career…

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Rashard Mendenhall might be done in Pittsburgh

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there’s a good chance that running back Rashard Mendehall may have carried the ball for the last time as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers don’t expect Mendenhall to contribute much, if anything on the field this coming season, after tearing his ACL late in the 2011  season.  The 2012 season is also the last season that he’s under contract for, so he’ll be a free agent at this time next year.  I wouldn’t expect the Steelers to re-sign him at that time.
The Steelers have gone away from the run like most NFL teams and could likely find someone to replace him fairly easily.

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Peyton Manning Won’t be the First Future Hall of Fame Quarterback to Finish His Career With a Different team. A Look Back at How Others Have Done

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It appears that legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, who was cut by the Colts last week after 14 years, is nearing a decision on a new team. Where will the future Hall of Fame quarterback finish his career?

Will the 35 year old Manning head to Denver and, at least temporarily, put an end to Tebowmania? Will he follow in Kurt Warner's footsteps and head to the desert to play pitch-and-catch with Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals? Or will he stay close to his condo in South Florida and give the Dolphins the first glimpse of a legitimate quarterback since the days of Dante Marino?

It's still anyone's guess at this point.

Manning won't be the first quarterback of his stature to end his career with another team. In-fact, several come to mind. Below, I will give a brief review of how each quarterback's careers ended after they left their signature teams.

Johnny Unitas

You might say that Unitas was the Manning of his day. Playing 17 seasons with the Baltimore Colts from 1956-1972, Unitas passed for just under 40,000 yards and threw 287 touchdown passes. He was also NFL MVP three times and led Baltimore to three World Championships, including Super Bowl V in 1970 at age 37. At the age of 40, Unitas was traded to the San Diego Chargers before the '73 season. There, he started only four games, going 1-3 and throwing for 471 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. Unitas eventually gave way to fellow future Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, and retired from football following that season. Unitas became the first quarterback to pass for over 40,000 yards and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Joe Namath

Namath played for 12 seasons with the New York Jets from 1965-1976 and was known for both his play on the field as well as his partying ways off of it. He is best remembered for his famous quote prior to Super Bowl III, where he guaranteed that his Jets, a member of the then AFL and a huge underdog, would defeat the 15-1 Baltimore Colts of the NFL. Namath backed up his boast, as the Jets upset the heavily favored Colts, 16-7, and helped to legitimize the AFL in what is regarded by many as one of the most important games in pro football history. Namath's final years in New York were sidetracked with injuries, and in 1977, he was waived by New York and signed with the Los Angeles Rams. Namath was unable to overcome his injury problems with the Rams and only played in four games that year before retiring from football for good. Namath was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.

Joe Montana

Montana played 13 seasons for the San Francisco 49ers from 1979-1992, passing for over 35000 yards and 244 touchdowns. Montana was named NFL MVP two times and helped lead the 49ers to four Super Bowl titles in the 80's. Montana was voted Super Bowl MVP three times and is only one of two quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls during his career. Due to injury, Montana missed all of '91 and only played in one game in '92 before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in '93 at the age of 37. Montana played two seasons in Kansas City, going 17-8 as a starter and leading the Chiefs to two playoff victories in 1993--including a come-from-behind overtime win against the Steelers in the wild card round. Montana retired following the '94 season and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Brett Favre

After a brief stint with the Falcons in 1991, Favre played for the Packers from 1992-2007 and would go on to have one of the greatest careers in NFL history. While in Green Bay, Favre compiled a record of 160-93 as a starter and passed for over 61,000 yards and 442 touchdowns. Favre was voted NFL MVP for three straight years starting in 1995 and helped to lead the Packers to their first World Championship since the 1967 season with a victory in Super Bowl XXXI in January of '97. After much speculation, Favre announced his retirement following the 2007 season. However, after expressing a desire to come back, the Packers eventually traded Favre to the Jets prior to the 2008 season. Favre would lead the Jets to a 9-7 record that year, as he threw 22 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions. Favre again announced his retirement following the season, but instead, returned to play the 2009 campaign with the Packers NFC North rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. Favre turned 40 during the '09 season, but he still had enough in the tank to throw for 4200 yards and 33 touchdowns, as he led the Vikings to a 12-4 regular season record. The Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship game, and Favre had the team on the doorstep of its first Super Bowl berth since January of 1977, before throwing a critical interception at the end of regulation, the Vikings eventually lost to the Saints in overtime. Favre came back for one more season with the Vikings, and he went 5-8 as a starter before officially retiring following the 2010 season. All-in-all, Favre passed for over 71,000 yards and 508 touchdowns in his remarkable career, and, much like Manning, his ticket to Canton is already stamped.

So, where will Manning finish his career, and what kind of success will he have? Will age and the neck surgery that he had prior to the 2011 season force him to retire after only a few games like Unitas and Namath? Will he lead his new team on a playoff run like Montana and Favre did with their new teams?

Or, will Peyton Manning do the unheard of, and not only continue to play at a high-level, but become the first starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams?



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Will Ward Walk Away with the Season Done and His Future in Doubt?

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One of the big questions about the offseason is the future of WR Hines Ward, and if he will come back in 2012. Mike Freeman of CBS reports that he was texted from a Steelers player who thinks that Sunday’s loss to the Broncos was indeed Ward’s last game.

Did Hines Ward play his last game? It appears he might have. A Steelers player texted to me the expectations around the team was that Ward would soon announce his retirement. That doesn’t mean it’s set he will. That means some Steelers players believe it which means it’s likely to happen.

Ward is a different sort of dude. He could decide to hang on for one more year. But for the moment that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Ward is clearly done physically. He just doesn’t have the burst he once did. He was held without a catch against the Broncos and has become an afterthought in the Pittsburgh offense.

Yet, to me, he’s a sure Hall of Famer. He became only the eighth wide receiver to reach 1,000 catches, had a lengthy and productive career, and won championships. He was one of the toughest receivers I’ve ever seen. And it appears we’ve seen the last of Ward in the NFL.

If Ward does decide to come back, will the Steelers want him back? They have clearly phased him out of the offense, and the teams future is set at the WR spot without Ward. That may come into play in him making his decision.

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