Bus Cook - then man behind the scenes of this 'mess.' Courtesy businessinsider.com

Steelers Not Lowering Mike Wallace Tender: Smart Move?

Several reports have come from NFL.com, Yahoo! Sports, and some other outlets confirming that the Steelers have no intention of lowering Mike Wallace’s tender of $2.7 million come June 15th should the two side not come to an agreement.  The Steelers have the option of lowering his tender to just below $600,000 if Wallace (and more likely his agent Bus Cook) digs his heels in and does not sign.

I’ve argued several times that the Steelers are well within their right to do so and should.  The team is in no real danger should Wallace not return to the starting lineup before November.  November is the final key date in the Wallace saga – if he wants to play at all in 2012, he will need to sign by then no matter the price tag from the team.  Fans must understand that Wallace is in danger of really screwing himself and his career should he hold out.  The Steelers have all the power.

So, by stating that they do not intend to lower the tender after June 14th, are we to interpret this as an olive branch from the team to Wallace?  The Steelers, as the classiest organization to ever grace the NFL, have decided to not punish their speedster for catching a case of the crazies for demanding too much money.  Smart move?  Too gracious? It’s a tough call in my corner – it is a gracious move by the Steelers which is good and expected, but I have no reservations when it comes to not putting up with players’ B.S. and money.  I think it’s a good move by the Steelers.  It doesn’t totally disrespect a receiver that the do indeed covet.  However, it still shows (that by stating this now and not at the end of the week) that the Steelers favor the tender over whatever current demand is on the table.  Perhaps it shows us that the two sides are not so far from reaching an agreement – less of a Grand Canyon and more like the width of the Mon River at The Point.

So what are your thoughts?  Smart move by the Steelers?  Or are they caving in a bit too much and too early?


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  • StephanieT313

    TRADE HIM!!!  Let him take his greed on the road, preferably to a horrible team.  Then let him be sitting home watching his former teammates hoist the Lombardy!!!  

  • DomDiTolla

    Trading Mike would be nice, but there is almost no way it will happen at this point.  Wallace will have no suitors because it is not worth it economically for any trading partner in the N.F.L. to pursue him.  The other franchise would not only have to take on Wallace’s remaining contract from this season, but also have sign him to a long term deal if they want him beyond the 2012 campaign.  Plus, the franchise which signs would also have to reimburse the Steelers with a high Draft Pick, or Draft Picks as compensation.  These teams which want him all understand the fact that they are better served by waiting for him to be a UFA after this upcoming season and trying to sign him then.  That way the only thing they will have to give up is a hefty long-term deal instead of draft picks and the worry about signing him long term if he is acquired through a trade.
    What will happen though, if Wallace does not sign long term with Pittsburgh and heads elsewhere is that the Steelers will get a 3rd Round compensatory pick in the 2014 Draft.  Not bad when you consider that the initial investment in Wallace was a 3rd Round pick back in 2009, and the fact that Pittsburgh got him for probably the best seasons of his career.

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  • MizzFranco32

    Cut the crap Mike…Take the money and …..Run Mike, run!…Catch the ball this season then run like the wind!….Afterall, you now will have to prove that you are worth the money you’ve been asking for…..