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‘He Should Be Here’, Says Art Rooney II – What Were Those Four Words Worth?

Any time that Pittsburgh Steelers Team President Art Rooney II talks, it is usually news worthy. Rooney II, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, said Wednesday in regard to restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, "He should be here."

When NFL Total Access reported those four words Wednesday evening on their broadcast, they said take them for what they are worth. What were they worth? What message was Rooney II trying to send with those four words, and exactly what context were they used in? He obviously knew the statement would make news, but without additional Read more [...]

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Did the Deals Signed By DeSean Jackson and Marques Colston Price Wallace Out of Pittsburgh, Or Did they Increase the Chances That He’ll be Here Next Year?

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Wide receiver Desean Jackson signed a pretty hefty new contract earlier this week that will alow him to stay with the Eagles for the next five years. When you add that deal to the one that Marques Colston signed with the Saints--five years, $ 40 million--it might have increased Mike Wallace's value (at least in his eyes) and made it a little more difficult for the Steelers to sign him.

Even though team general manager Kevin Colbert insisted that the Steelers wanted to do everything in their power to keep Wallace, would the team be willing to offer the speedster a contract that averages in the $ 8-$ 10 million range annually? The Steelers had to cut a few veterans and asked a couple of other players to restructure their deals just so the team would be in compliance with the NFL's salary cap for 2012. Beings that the team declined to make Wallace a franchise player and pay him roughly $ 9 million next season, it seems unlikely that they would be willing to pay Wallace an annual salary that would even approach that.

However, will the Steelers even have to worry about it?

Did the new deals for Jackson and Colston give Wallace leverage, or did they take it away?

Wallace is a restricted free agent, and the Steelers have the right to match any offer sheet that Wallace would receive from another club. Since the Steelers offered Wallace a first round tender of $ 2.7 million for next season, if Wallace signs an offer sheet with another club, and the Steelers decline to match the deal, Pittsburgh would receive that team's 2012 first round draft choice as compensation.

The question is: Does Mike Wallace think he's worth $ 8-$ 10 million annually? If he does think that, is there a club out there willing to pay him that kind of money plus lose their first round draft choice?

$ 8 million plus your first round draft choice is a lot to give up, especially for a wide receiver.

I know Wallace is good, but he might not be deemed as valuable outside of Pittsburgh as he is here.

It'll be interesting to see how valuable teams think Mike Wallace really is, and if the Steelers agree.




Source: Behind the Steel Curtain


No Steelers Free Agency News Here – 2012 NFL Free Agency Day Two Recap

Ho-hum. Another busy day around the NFL as teams continued to sign free agents. The Pittsburgh Steelers of course were not one of those teams and this should come to no surprise to anyone. Perhaps the biggest news involving the Steelers on Wednesday was that Chicago Bears free agent tight end Kellen Davis, who was reportedly scheduled to visit the Steelers, re-signed with the Bears on a two-year, $ 6 million contract that included a $ 2.7 million signing bonus.

The other Steelers news revolved around the presence of head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert at the Michigan State Read more [...]

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Ward: ‘I Want To Be Here, I Want To Play’

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The back-and-forth in the Hines Ward Saga stepped up quickly after a report yesterday suggesting Hines Ward will be released.

This time, it's Ward denying any knowledge of the alleged imminent release, as well as the team's denial of such a stance, as reported here by the Post-Gazette.

Ward wrote on his Facebook page, "I don't normally like to respond to rumors, but as I've said all along, I want to finish my career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. And as I've already told the organization, I am willing to work with them to restructure my contract to make sure this happens."

P-G reporter Ed Bouchette quoted Ward from Feb. 2 saying "I just wanted to let them know I want to be here, I want to play. I have two years on my contact. I know I have to restructure, but, under the circumstances, I think I can still play football."

Ward has two years left on his contract, and his owed $ 4 million in each of those seasons. The question isn't whether Ward is willing to restructure the contract, it's the extent to which he'd be ok with that contract being restructured.

The team has said no decision on Ward has been made yet, and there are still 29 days until the start of the league's 2012 season. If Ward is to be released, it would be before that date. Ward has claimed a clause in his contract says the Steelers must make a decision on Ward being on their roster by March 1.

The Steelers are already reported to have saved $ 18 million against the salary cap by releasing CB Bryant McFadden and WR Arnaz Battle, and restructuring the deals of OLB LaMarr Woodley, CB Ike Taylor and ILB Lawrence Timmons. All three received extensions last season.

Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders and editor of Mac's Football Blog reports Ward has a $ 4.61 million cap number in 2012. Releasing him would save the Steelers an additional $ 3.39 million against the cap.



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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