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05-20-2012, 09:00 AM
Wallace, top picks to miss Steelers OTAs
May 20, 2012 12:21 am
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Todd Haley will showcase his new offense on the field for the first time Tuesday, and he'll do so without one of the Pro Bowl players expected to make it go, and two possible new starters on the line.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace has not signed the one-year, $2,742,000 tender offered him as a restricted free agent, and various reports say he will not do so before the Steelers open their organized team activities, commonly called OTAs.

Wallace is not required to sign the tender and the only thing required of any of their players -- provided they are under contract -- is to attend minicamp June 12-14, which will end these spring sessions.

Come June 15, however, the Steelers are permitted to change the amount of that tender to 110 percent of Wallace's 2011 salary. That would reduce his '12 salary to $577,000. Sources say they will not do that, at least not before training camp opens.

General manager Kevin Colbert has stated consistently that the Steelers prefer to sign Wallace to a long-term contract. However, those negotiations have gone nowhere.

Two rookies possibly being counted on to start on the line cannot report for OTAs either. The top two draft picks, guard David DeCastro and tackle Mike Adams, cannot attend until the semesters end at their schools. That means Adams, of Ohio State, will miss through the first week of June. DeCastro will miss all of OTAs and minicamp because Stanford's spring quarter goes through mid-June.

Missing OTAs can be a negative for rookies, especially those expected to play quickly. However, there were no spring workouts/practices for NFL teams last year because of the lockout and that did not stop rookie tackle Marcus Gilbert from starting 14 games, beginning with the second game of the 2011 season.

These practices for the Steelers take on more importance because, for the first time since 1999, when Bill Cowher hired Kevin Gilbride, the Steelers will have an offensive coordinator from outside the staff.

Haley, the first coordinator change under coach Mike Tomlin, tossed out the playbook the offense had followed under previous coordinator Bruce Arians since 2007, and one with basically the same terminology since Mike Mularkey was promoted to the job in 2001. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger estimated that the new offense will be 90 percent different than that of Arians with new terminology.

The veterans have been digesting Haley's offense for three weeks in classrooms and now will get a chance to put it to work on the field, although, by rule, with no pads in these sessions.

The new 10-year CBA negotiated last year, which ended the lockout, reduced the number of OTAs from 14 to 10, plus a minicamp.

The Steelers have seven of their nine rookies under contract, with only DeCastro and third-round pick Sean Spence, a linebacker, not signed. Spence, though, is permitted to attend OTAs.

While not required, OTAs are usually well attended, with players missing a few here or there for various reasons. There are some exceptions; Troy Polamalu often does not attend until minicamp, preferring to work out with his personal trainer in California.

Practices are not open to the public.

First Published May 20, 2012 12:00 am

Hawaii 5-0
05-20-2012, 01:40 PM
5 Things To Look For During The Steelers First OTA Session

Sunday, May 20th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

The first OTA session of the 2012 season gets underway next week for the Pittsburgh Steelers and there will be several things to look for as a result. Below are five initial things that I will be looking for as the reports from the organized sessions start to surface.

Tackles - Willie Colon has been moved to left guard now and although both David DeCastro and Mike Adams will reportedly not be present because of the silly graduation requirement rules. Where Marcus Gilbert lines up at will confirm the speculation that he will indeed be playing right tackle this year. Also without Adams in attendance will Jonathan Scott get the first team work at left tackle in absence with Trai Essex indeed getting the second team reps? Above is what we expect to happen, but we shall see if we get it.

Corner Rotation - With William Gay now off to Arizona we expect Keenan Lewis to get the first team reps at the left cornerback spot. Second year cornerback Cortez Allen should give him so good competition this summer for the starting job though. Also will Allen get the first team reps at the nickel spot or will Curtis Brown get the nod there. Allen was able to see the field some last year as an extra defensive back mostly in dime situations so it should not surprise if he is the first team nickel.

Worilds Side - We know that Jason Worilds saw time at both left and right outside linebacker due to injuries last year, but with LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison now both healthy and expected to be in attendance next week, we will watch and see if Worilds gets the second team reps on the left or right side initially and if he gets work at both over the course of the practices.

Running back Rotation - We fully expect Isaac Redman will get the first team reps, but will it be Jonathan Dwyer or John Clay as the next man up and how are the reps divided up after that point. Will Baron Batch get first crack at the third down role if that is even worked on this week?

Use Of The Tight End/Fullback - With Todd Haley comes his offense that he designs around his personnel. Former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians used quite a bit of two and three tight end personnel groupings over the course of the last few seasons and it will be interesting to see if Haley opts to use two tights on the line or one and a fullback in the form of David Johnson or Will Johnson. Also if he does use a second tight end, will that player be used more as a joker type?


Hawaii 5-0
05-20-2012, 01:58 PM
Steelers to start OTAs Tuesday without Mike Wallace

By Brian McIntyre NFL.com
Published: May 20, 2012

When the Pittsburgh Steelers open their OTAs on Tuesday, they will be without the services of wide receiver Mike Wallace and their two top picks, each of whom is expected to start on the offensive line this season, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

First-round guard David DeCastro and second-round left tackle Mike Adams will miss the workouts because their respective schools -- Stanford and Ohio State -- operate on the "quarter" system, preventing the players from participating in the workouts until final exams are completed in June.

Wallace's expected absence is solely tied to his contract situation and should not come as a surprise. The three-year veteran received the "first round" restricted free agent tender, which calls for a non-guaranteed base salary of $2.742 million this season. For a 25-year-old deep threat who has 171 receptions, 3,206 yards and 24 touchdowns in 48 games, and is coming off a Pro Bowl season, that's a bargain. Wallace is believed to be seeking a long-term contract in the Larry Fitzgerald/Calvin Johnson neighborhood, which would come with total values exceeding $100 million with $50 million in guarantees.

Wallace has not signed his tender and will not be required to attend the OTAs or mandatory minicamp, which runs from June 12-14. If Wallace does not sign the tender by June 14, the Steelers would have the option of withdrawing the current offer and immediately replacing it with a "June 15" tender, which would requires the Steelers to pay Wallace at a rate of at least 110 percent his previous year's salary. Wallace earned a 2011 CBA-enhanced $525,000 in 2011, so his salary under a "June 15" tender would be worth it.

The New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers took this path when they gave Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson "June 15" tenders in 2010. Each player remained unsigned into the start of the season, losing between $2.45 million (Mankins) and $2.987 million (Jackson) in base salary and were still not allowed to test the free-agent market when they were franchised before the lockout.

There's no guarantee that the Steelers would reduce the tender, but the potential loss of $2.1645 million in base salary in 2012 may spur Wallace to sign the tender on the final day of minicamp. After all, that potential lost income is more than the $1.969 million in base salary and performance-based pay Wallace earned over his first three seasons in the league.


Hawaii 5-0
05-20-2012, 11:16 PM
Mike Wallace likely to miss Steelers' coming workouts

PUBLISHED Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Sporting News


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace continues a stalemate with his bosses over a 2012 contract this week as organized team activities begin. Wallace won't be taking part in the workouts unless he and the franchise come to terms.

The Steelers also will hit the field without their top two offensive line prospects, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Guard David DeCastro and tackle Mike Adams will be absent for reasons different from those keep Wallace away—both continue in classes at their respective schools.

The Steelers' OTAs begin Tuesday. Mandatory minicamp is June 12-14, a critical event for the team and its recalcitrant wideout.

Wallace wants a long-term deal with the team but proffered a one-year tender because he is a restricted free agent. He has not signed the offer, which according to the Post-Gazette would pay him nearly $2.75 million in base salary.

That's not enough, Wallace believes, since he is coming off a Pro Bowl season. At 25, Wallace has 171 receptions, 3,206 yards and 24 touchdowns in 48 games—numbers he believes should get him a contract in the neighborhood of some of the NFL's best receivers. He has played every game over three seasons and has become a top target in the offense.

If Wallace persists in his obstinacy, he could find the initial tender withdrawn and be offered much less—to the tune of nearly $2 million, the Post-Gazette reports.

Team officials are fine with the idea of a long-term deal for Wallace, but talks in that direction are at loggerheads.

DeCastro and Adams figure to be major additions to the offensive line this season. DeCastro was a first-round pick; Adams was called in the second round. Because of restrictions, Adams won't be available until the first week of June as Ohio State completes its term. DeCastro won't reach Steelers workouts until mid-June because of Stanford's academic schedule.

The Steelers have plenty of work this offseason as they transition to the schemes of new offensive coordinator Todd Haley. It is a huge undertaking, considering it has been more than a decade since the team hired a headman for its offense from outside the organization, and this is the first time coach Mike Tomlin has a new man leading his offense.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette the changes affect nearly all the offense's terminology.

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-05-20/mike-wallace-contract-steelers-pittsburgh-ota-dave-decastro-mike-adams#ixzz1vSzGoCxF

tony hipchest
05-21-2012, 12:08 AM
"recalcitrant, proffered, obstinancy, loggerheads" :blah:

who wrote this? the artist formerly known as revefstrleets?

somebody is trying WAY to hard to church up some boring old news with big words. :jerkit:

05-21-2012, 07:57 AM
"recalcitrant, proffered, obstinancy, loggerheads" :blah:

who wrote this? the artist formerly known as revefstrleets?

somebody is trying WAY to hard to church up some boring old news with big words. :jerkit:

Obviously, Todd Haley wrote it... with words like that, it's like a Rosetta Stone to me.

05-21-2012, 11:48 AM
Obviously, Todd Haley wrote it... with words like that, it's like a Rosetta Stone to me.

:sofunny: :toofunny: :rofl:

Hawaii 5-0
05-21-2012, 03:30 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers to Start OTA Sessions Without Three Projected Offensive Starters

Submitted by Syndicated sources on May 21, 2012

This Tuesday, when the Pittsburgh Steelers open their OTA sessions, it will be the players who are not there maybe more than those who are there, that will make headlines. For starters, they will be without their top two picks from the NFL Draft, guard David DeCastro and left tackle Mike Adams. These two projected starters will have to miss the workouts because both Stanford and Ohio State operate on the quarter’s system and NFL rules prevent them from participating in workouts until final exams are over with in June.

While the Steelers can understand the absence of both DeCastro and Adams, unfortunately they are not the only projected starters who ill be absent come Tuesday. Wide receiver Mike Wallace will not be attending either. At this point, the Pro Bowl receiver, who is currently entangled in a contract dispute with the Steelers, plans to miss OTA’s and most likely the mandatory mini-camp from June 12-14, unless he is signed to a long-term contract.

Adam Scheftler of ESPN reports that he (Wallace) will not sign his first-round RFA tender until he absolutely has to; which could be as late as November 13 to get credit for the 2012 season. He also reported that it might be a while before the Steelers see Wallace at the team facility, something that will not endear himself to the Steelers faithful.

For fans, this should not come as a shock, as Wallace, was never happy that he had received the first-round restricted free agent tender from the Steelers. If and when he signs it he will then be looking at a guaranteed base salary of 2.742 million for the coming 2012-2013 football season, unless the Steelers reduce that number to the minimum when that window opens on June 15.

The 25-year old Wallace, who averages 66.8 yards per game and has 24 touchdowns in his three-year career, is looking to get a long-term deal that will pay him like a top NFL receiver. There is no doubt that Wallace has played well for the Steelers, but the Steelers have never been known as the type of team to pay big money to a wide receiver and they most likely will not overpay for Wallace.

If Wallace does sign the tender than next year will be even more of an interesting situation as both Wallace and Antonio Brown (restricted) will be free agents and looking for top dollar and the team will have to decide which receiver to keep. Stay tuned to this situation, as we will be covering it throughout.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/pittsburgh_steelers_to_start_ota_sessions_without_ three_projected_offensive_starters/10840250

05-21-2012, 04:31 PM
Yea well news is a little dried up when ESPN's highlight is about one of their analysts being spoofed on SNL - Adam Schefter's reporting consists of repeating the same sentence 9 different ways in one breath

"Well Suzy, the Pittsburgh Steelers offered Mike Wallace 2.blah blah blah million.
Mike Wallace is not expected to immediately accept this offer.
The Steelers don't expect Mike Wallace to accept the offer.
The offer is good until blah blah date, then it can be reduced to 500,000
Mike Wallace would get paid significantly less
And while sources say Wallace wants Fitzgerald money, the Steelers usually aren't known for paying receivers that type of money
So it looks like for now, Mike Wallace won't be showing up until he signs the offer
This offer, as I mentioned, is significantly less"

Then to update the situation he'll start off with - "Still no word on Mike Wallace," then repeat sentences 1-9 above. Very entertaining really.

Fans of other teams also crack me up drinking the ESPN kool aid - for some reason the Steelers are viewed as being cheapskates - I just don't get it.

Hawaii 5-0
05-21-2012, 06:19 PM
OTA's (Organized Team Activities) Are Just a Reminder that We're Still Two Months Away from Training Camp

by Anthony Defeo on May 21, 2012

Tomorrow, the Steelers begin their OTA's, and for die-hard fans, it's at least a little taste of football, so to speak. We'll get to see our boys in action again, albeit only in shorts, and we'll get another glimpse of the new rookie crop...........well, except for DeCastro and Adams.

Speaking of that, Mike Wallace also won't be there because of his contract dispute, and his absence will probably dominate much of the talk. Coach Mike Tomlin will more than likely have to spend the majority of his time with the media deflecting questions about his speedy receiver.

I don't think that will be the only news. I'm sure there will be some "OTA Wonders" that really look good in their helmets and shorts, and we'll marvel at their sheer athleticism.

Although, I'm pretty sure we won't be allowed to marvel because I don't think OTA's are open to the general public.

In years past, before OTA's, there was mini camp (there might still be mini camp, and if there is, I'm sure I won't be able to tell the difference), and the thing that I remember most about Steelers mini camp was that it wasn't training camp.

Mini camps, OTA's, whatever you want to call them, are like the two or three days before your big vacation. You're really excited about it, but you're still bummed because you have another few days of work. Plus, you still have tons of things to take care of like packing, making sure the dogs get to the kennel on time, confirming your flight, and if you're going out of the country, finding your passport.

You still have to get all of that stuff out of the way before you can even dream about being on the plane.

Training Camp, when the boys head to Latrobe in late July, now that's more like it. For a football fan like me, that''s the equivalent to being on the plane to your tropical destination. It's still not quite September, but you're heading in the right direction.

OTA's are more for the players than they are for the fans. It's like the read-through before the actual rehearsal. I don't know about you, but I'd love to see some of my favorite actors and actresses rehearse before their big scenes; I find that pretty intriguing. But I have no desire to see them sitting around a table and reading their lines for the first time, months before the movie will even begin production.

I do realize that, at least for the offense, these OTA's will be a little more urgent than in years past because of Todd Haley's new terminology. But again, it's for the players; it's their script readings. As a fan, I don't know how much enjoyment I'd get from it even if I could see it live.

When it comes to OTA's, I'm more concerned about what a player doesn't do than what he does do. I don't want to hear about the great moves that (insert young rookie phenom here) displayed in OTA's. I just want to know that his ACL is still intact after those great moves and that he'll be attending training camp.

To sum it all up, these are the dog days of the offseason for a huge football fan like me. And OTA's are just a reminder that we still have two months to go before training camp, which means we're still a good four months away from the start of the regular season.

Oh man, now I'm even more depressed, Is there a way I can go into hibernation until September?. I hope that flight serves free drinks.


Hawaii 5-0
05-22-2012, 01:55 PM
MarkKaboly_Trib via twitter:

Read what you want into this, but E.Sanders said about close friend and teammate Mike Wallace "we are waiting for a deal to get done."


05-22-2012, 02:18 PM
MarkKaboly_Trib via twitter:

Read what you want into this, but E.Sanders said about close friend and teammate Mike Wallace "we are waiting for a deal to get done."


means absolutely nothing. Nothing to read into. Any Steeler or fan is "waiting for deal to get done", but even so, its unlikely. Just somebody talking.

Hawaii 5-0
05-22-2012, 06:54 PM
Mike Tomlin Visited With Mike Wallace Last Week & He Has His New Playbook

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 by Dave Bryan

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace was absent from the first OTA session on Tuesday as expected, but he was in town last week and talked to head coach Mike Tomlin according to Tomlin himself.

Tomlin was asked following the first OTA session if he was disappointed that Wallace was not present and Tomlin replied, "Not all, man. This is a business, its an element of the business. Mike came in and we visited last week. We had good communications. This process is going to run its course. We know what type of young man that he is. Hes a hard working, diligent young man." Tomlin continued, "It'll be over. It'll be a little short term misery, but it wont be significant in the grande scheme of things hopefully.

It was also reported on Tuesday that Wallace did pick up his new playbook while in town and fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was quoted by Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as saying about his teammate, "We are waiting for a deal to get done."

Wallace has been working out on his own back home in Louisiana as he looks to hopefully get a new long-term deal done. He has not yet signed the one-year tender of a little more than $2.7 million that the Steelers offered the restricted free agent prior to the start of free agency.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/mike_tomlin_visited_with_mike_wallace_last_week_he _has_his_new_playbook/10849490

Hawaii 5-0
05-23-2012, 01:36 AM
Steelers WR Wallace can learn offense

By the Tribune-Review
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

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Steelers Offensive Coordimator Todd Haley watches Antonio Brown make a catch during OTAs on the South Side on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mike Wallace was missing from Tuesday’s offseason workout, yet the receiver might already be learning the new Steelers offense elsewhere.

The restricted free agent visited last week and talked with coach Mike Tomlin. When Wallace left, he took with him a playbook, said friend and teammate Antonio Brown.

“He’s going to be studying, so when he comes he knows (the plays),” Brown said.

The Steelers have begun installing the offense of new coordinator Todd Haley. But Wallace hasn’t yet signed his one-year, $2.742 million offer, so he wasn’t around yesterday for the first of 10 optional practices.

“Hopefully he can get here soon,” Brown said, “so he can get on board.”

Wallace wants a long-term contract. If he doesn’t sign his tender by June 15, under CBA guidelines, the Steelers could reduce their current offer to 110 percent of his 2011 salary, which was $580,000. The team has mandatory practices June 12-14, but Wallace could again be absent if still unsigned.

“This process is going to run its course,” said Tomlin, who described last week’s meeting with Wallace as “good communication.”

“It will be a little bit of short-term misery,” Tomlin said, “but it won’t be significant in the big scheme of things, hopefully.”

• After just one practice, receiver Emmanuel Sanders was “loving the offense” that Haley has built. “It is a totally different playbook,” said Sanders, who noted some added play-action routes. “It’s 90 percent different, and we have to be here so when training camp starts we can hit the ground running.” Sanders also said he expects to add punt returns to his duties, replacing Brown in that special teams role.

• Cornerback Ike Taylor missed the team’s first practice but will participate today, he said during his TribLive internet radio show yesterday afternoon. Defensive end Brett Keisel also was absent, as were rookies David DeCastro, Mike Adams and Alameda Ta’amu. The rookies can’t attend until their spring semesters end.

• Former Steelers receiver Hines Ward was in Harrisburg to be recognized for his accomplishments on and off the field by the state House and Senate and Gov. Tom Corbett. In a statement to the House, Ward expressed his gratitude for the recognition: “Hopefully, I can continue to represent the state of Pennsylvania the best that I possibly can off the field now and heading to the next chapter of my life.”


05-23-2012, 09:17 AM
I like the Haley staredown... "you better catch that mf'in ball or else I will cut your nuts off!"

Hawaii 5-0
05-23-2012, 03:29 PM
So Mike Wallace Isn't Attending OTAs, What's the Problem?

by Neal Coolong on May 23, 2012


Most people are aware Steelers WR Mike Wallace is not attending OTAs. Most are even more keenly aware he's doing it because he wants a contract extension, and not the $2.7 million restricted free agent tender offer the Steelers have given him.

There seems to be a split in SteelerNation on whether Wallace is doing the right thing - or even the ethical one. Turns out, there's a long list of Steelers who will not graduate OTAs with 100 percent attendance.

The Tribune-Review reported neither DE Brett Keisel nor CB Ike Taylor were in attendance for Day One of Phase One of OTAs. It's likely not for contractual-conflict reasons, but rather, something personal and probably understandable.

Wallace, though, is apparently committing some kind of crime, in the eyes of many.

At this point in the offseason schedule, coaches cannot work directly with players anyway. Any "work" they're doing in regards to the playbook is running un-defended routes without a pass rush. Any nuances of an offense gleaned from practice against air in shells had sure not be anything the players wouldn't have gathered on their own.

OTAs are nothing more than a way for the guys to get back together, discuss a few things regarding the game, stretch out and run a bit, pose for a few pictures and go over to someone's place to grill and enjoy the summer. These are not highly competitive, it's silly to suggest positions will be won and lost during this time.

Personally, I think the whole concept of OTAs has been lost on the media, who starve for NFL-related news this time of the year, and the whole thing has become overblown, but I digress.

It's not that Wallace - or any other veteran - doesn't need to attend, but...they don't need to attend. Besides, if Wallace is serious about wanting "Fitzgerald money," (a report that has yet to be substantiated by Wallace or his agent, Bus Cook, which doesn't mean it's either true or untrue) the team should get used to him missing OTAs in Pittsburgh next year, and minicamp, training camp and Weeks 1-17.

All that matters is if he shows up for Training Camp. He's only hurting himself by choosing not to attend that, and it would seem unlikely his agent would suggest he take that route.

If there's an intriguing part to this, it's the Steelers' full team minicamp is scheduled for June 12-14, or, the three days before Wallace must sign his tender offer or risk having it substantially reduced. The deadline for the team to exercise that collectively-bargained right is June 15, so Wallace could choose to skip minicamp as well, before signing his offer.

All he needs to do is look at recent history to see his best option; LaMarr Woodley, Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons all inked extensions quickly into training camp in 2011. Signing it June 15 and insisting upon continued negotiations through training camp is his best - and most likely - course of action. That's how the business side works. Neither the team nor Wallace are in the wrong at this point.

And certainly, he can run uncovered routes on his own somewhere else.


Hawaii 5-0
05-23-2012, 11:59 PM
New Buzz About Mike Wallace – Deal In Works?

May 22nd, 2012

There’s some new buzz about the Steelers Mike Wallace today. Read into it what you will. Mark Kaboly of the Trib tweets that Steelers teammate ‘Manny Sanders said today ‘We are waiting for a deal to get done.’ Manny is a close friend of Wallace and could have a bit of an inside scoop as to what is going on with Wallace regarding either that tender being signed or a long term contract being worked out.

Mike Tomlin also chimed in today and said, ‘This is a business. Mike came in last week and we visited. It’ll be over. it’ll be a short-term (absence). But it won’t be significant.’ To me, that should be a pretty clear sign that a deal is in the works. How short ‘short-term’ means is yet to be clarified. But, if Tomlin says that his absence won’t be significant, that should mean he will have a deal signed within the next few days to week. That way he won’t miss any more OTA’s and mini-camps – allowing himself enough time to be on the same page with the rest of the offense.