Browns Confirms Some Tension Between He And Wallace During Season

There was no doubt that the rumors of a divided locker room for the Steelers in 2012 has been a big story as of late. Wide out Antonio Brown, who will be looked at as the teams top WR after Mike Wallace bails, basically confirmed as much to ESPN New York.

Brown said that there was some tense moments between he and Wallace once Brown got the money that seemed to be earmarked for Wallace, who didn’t want it and asked for more.

“Some bit of awkwardness. You know, a guy who has been there longer than I and definitely wanting a deal, but you’ve got to not dwell on that and that kind of situation prohibits bad blood to a team where guys are there for themselves, and not buy into the team aspects and could definitely cause a drama within a team,” Brown said.

Antonio got a six-year, $43 million contract while Wallace sat at home last summer, holding out most of training camp for the Black and Gold.

It sounds more than ever that Wallace won’t be missed, not only for his disappearing act he would pull during games, but his act in the locker room as well.

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  • Maybe Wallace should have shown up for camp, and gone thru negotiations, and maybe caught some of the balls thrown to him this year. I think the Steelers made the right move giving the money to Brown

  • George H

    Hypothetically if Wallace didn’t make such outlandish contract demands last offseason, who here would of preferred Wallave over Brown not knowing how this season would of played out?

  • Steve Geddes

    I agree with George H like I said 1/2 way though the sesson there was tenson in the locker room on here!!!

  • DrGeorge

    Wallace’s ‘tude and its effect on team morale have been a subject on this site since 2011, when he dogged the last six games. He did nothing in 2012 to redeem himself. Brown’s big contract was a direct answer from the front office to his unrealistic salary demands. Wallace was retained for 2012 only because he was our sole legitimate deep threat, a threat that rarely translated into points. Colbert probably wishes now he’d traded Wallace for value in 2012. Perhaps he tried and couldn’t find a team willing to pony up the bucks.

    Which still leaves our receiving corps with durability issues. Brown, Cotchery, and Sanders are all lightweights and prone to injury. A number of teams are using ex-basketball players (like Gonzalez) at TE. Since we are now playing b-ball on grass, if we can’t draft a big WR, why not consider some of the faster b-ball guards at WR — many of them are muscular, leap well, have great hands, and a few played football at the collegiate level. I know it’s unorthodox, but there simply aren’t enough Boldin-type receivers to go around. This year, the Steelers need to get creative with their roster moves and find talent to fit the new rules.

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