Looks like Steelers Mike Wallace is quickly running out of options. When a president or someone ‘large and in charge’ is about to head out the door, it is often referred to as a ‘lame duck’ from that point on. Leadership and effectiveness are often put into question as the person out the door decries in their own head, ‘Who gives a rat’s butt?’
In the case of Mike Wallace, he’s one and a half feet out the door of the Steelers organization. Sure, he could sign his $2.7 million tender. But, with the Steelers practically offering up Wallace’s cash to Antonio Brown, surely there is bad blood a brewin’ between Wallace, the Front Office, and maybe even Brown. That kind of dynamic will more than likely result in an unhappy locker room. Unhappy locker rooms equate into poor performances on the field…. you see where this is going.
There’s no doubt that Wallace is a goat. Staunch defenders of him will say this is nowhere near his fault. But if the reports are true that the Steelers offered him up $10 mil a year, then he has been damned by Steeler Nation. Will all of this cause a bad case of head games for #17? Will it weigh on him as he reflects on his selfishness and poor decision making?
So my question to all of you is: Even if Wallace joins the Steelers – whether it’s now or partway through the season – will he even make a difference for the Steelers and for himself?