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Could the Steelers Consider Trading Wallace Now?
- Updated: July 28, 2012
After signing brown to an extension it sounds like they may have to try and trade wallace. I dont see it happening but it would be nice. Some teams could with WR issues could possibly give up a 1st rounder for him, if not a 1st and a conditional 5th or 6th.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirms the Steelers will not be giving unsigned restricted free agent Mike Wallace a long-term deal after committing $42.5 million to teammate Antonio Brown.
Bouchette’s colleague, Gerry Dulac, essentially said the same thing. The Steelers were already one of the NFL’s tightest teams up against the salary cap, and the Brown deal increased his cap cost, if only slightly. Still, the Steelers won’t be satisfying Wallace’s long-term demands, and he’ll have to sign his one-year, $2.742 million tender in order to play football in Pittsburgh. The organization could consider trading him before the season, or keeping him if he caves and franchise-tagging Wallace in 2013.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes there’s “no way” the Steelers would franchise tag Mike Wallace in 2013.
As word broke of Antonio Brown’s extension — and that Wallace wouldn’t get one — popular opinion was that the Steelers would force Wallace to play this year on his one-year, $2.742 million tender, then tag him in 2013. Brown’s cap number leaps from $1.96 million to $5.92 million next year, however, and Wallace’s would be about $10 million on the tag. The Steelers are clearly at a crossroads with Wallace. They may begin listening to trade offers.
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