Wallace Appears All Done In The Steel City

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is right on with his report that Mike Wallace is done as a member of the Steelers.

The report read that the soon to be unrestricted free agent and the Steelers will likely part ways in March.

The Steelers gave Wallace their best offer last year, reportedly averaging $10 million annually over five years, and he turned it down.

They stopped negotiating with Wallace once camp started and he did not show up, and quickly turned their attention to Antonio Brown who signed a five-year contract for $42.5 million that included an $8.5 million signing bonus.

Essentially, Brown’s contract signaled the end of Wallace’s career in Pittsburgh.

Good for Wallace – he can take his high demands elsewhere, and do what all WR’s that leave the Steelers seem to do – fall into the abyss of the NFL.

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  • DrGeorge

    Fans on this site reached the same conclusion last August, right after Brown signed his new deal. The Steelers got fed up with Wallace’s extravagant demands, and Brown’s contract put an exclamation point on their best and last offer.

    Now we’ll see what owners are willing to part with Big Bucks for Wallace’s acknowledged talents, knowing that in the deal they must also put up with his mercurial ‘Tude and inconsistent effort. Pittsburgh paid him a lot of money for potential he never fully utilized. He may indeed “fall into the abyss of the NFL,” but he’s made enough to make the abyss a very comfortable oblivion.

  • The Tony

    Didn’t Burress win a Super Bowl

  • George H

    It seems that the pulse of the Steeler nation is fed up with Wallace’s arrogant and underperforming ways. However I fear that Wallace still hasn’t reached his full potential. He still has great speed and huge big play ability. I hope that once Wallace gets paid he will return more focused.

    • George H

      Of course that’s if we pay him which I doubt wel do now. Still causes a hole with our wr group

  • Ben Dover

    I just wish they had traded him last off-season, a move for which I repeatedly called on this site, Oakland would have traded several first-round picks for him –based on what they gave up to get Richard Seymour from the Cheatriots. Too late to get any kind of return for him, but he is at least on his way out of town.

    • George H

      Trading players for value isn’t really what the steelers unfortunately. The patriots are always making these kind of deals.

  • Black&gold4life

    Can’t remember any Steeler who left and was still Pro Bowler..Serviceable yes, outstanding No. Wallace will probably get the biggest free agent offer in history for a Steeler player.. too bad for him it will be from a irrelevant non contending team. Sad to say it but today’s NFL players rather play for $ instead of Lombardi trophies..10m a year wasent enough to live on I guess.

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