I don’t really think there’s anyone (other than possibly Jonathan Scott) who isn’t
happy thrilled that the Steelers released the 60th ranked OT out of 70 in the NFL on Thursday afternoon. And don’t try and tell me otherwise because I can’t hear you over all that cheering going on from Steeler Nation. Yes it’s true, the man who allowed six sacks and a slug of QB hurries last season is finally gone.
Many of us had hunches that Scott would soon be out the door after the Steelers signed Max Starks earlier in the week. But there are others out there who have taken it a step further and said that this move could pave the way for holdout Mike Wallace signing a long term deal. Scott was owed $2.7 million this season, meaning roughly $2 million is left over after signing Starks. NFL.com reported as of July 1st that the Steelers had $3.7 million in cap room. Add in the Scott savings and the Steelers have about $5.7 million in the bank. If that figure includes Wallaces tender, then the Steelers have almost $8 million to work with.
$8 million – could this possibly be the magic number Wallace needs in order to agree to a long term deal with the Steelers? And really, that $8 million could mean more if the Steelers were to add in a huge signing bonus. Is it possible that the legacy Scott leaves behind was to pave the way to a long term deal with Mike Wallace? Hol—ly—shit. Who would have thought. Even crazier – was this Omar Khan’s plan all along? If so, then the Steelers need to make a shrine at Heinz Field for being the best in the biz.
Of course this is just speculation. CBS News and local numbskull, Jason LaCanfora, reported shortly after Scott’s release that the Steelers and Wallace have made some progress. JL’s reports have been known to be flakey from time to time, so it’s tough to say what his sources are and how true they are. It’s quite possible that he’s right, and the Steelers certainly have the greenbacks to support a Wallace deal. The deal outlined above isn’t Fitzgerald money, but $8 million enough to get Wallace to compromise. If it doesn’t, I don’t know how Wallace ever expects to get back out on that football field.
So what are your thoughts Nation – Could it be that Scott’s release paves the way for a Wallace?