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Old 05-29-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default Taylor: Wallace frustrated with contract status

Taylor: Wallace frustrated with contract status
http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/...-football-free
By Mark Kaboly
Tribune-Review

Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7:22 p.m.
Updated less than a minute ago

Steelers receiver Mike Wallace hasn’t spoken publicly about his contract situation in the past four months.

The same can’t be said about cornerback Ike Taylor after spending the Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas with his teammate.

Taylor said during his weekly show on TribLive Radio today that Wallace is frustrated with contract negotiations and he wants to be at offseason practices but also wants what he believes he is due.

“There is a lot of frustration with Mike right now,” Taylor said. “He wants to be here. ... But at the same time he wants his paper.

“Mike feels like he outperformed his last contract. But he’s dealing with a monster, and that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers … they are not going to let you dictate to them on how you feel.”

Wallace has yet to sign his first-round restricted free agent tender that would guarantee him a $2.16 million raise for this season, bringing his salary to $2.742 million. He missed the fourth consecutive voluntary practice yesterday and isn’t expected to attend offseason workouts, including mandatory minicamp next month.

Wallace could not be reached for comment.

Taylor said he told Wallace he would like to see him show up at the practice facility mostly because new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s system is being installed.

Wallace is seeking a long-term extension. He reportedly was looking for Larry Fitzgerald-type money — $120 million over eight years.

Wallace has until June 15 to sign his tender before the Steelers could reduce their offer to 110 percent of his $580,000 salary last year. Wallace also could hold out until Nov. 12 and still be credited with an accrued season, making him an unrestricted free agent next year.

“Mike is going to be a Pittsburgh Steeler for years to come,” Taylor said. “(But I told him), at the end of the day: Football doesn’t need you; you need football.”

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at mkaboly@tribweb.com.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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WHAT IS WITH this new term "he's outperformed his contract"???!!!! There isn't even such a thing in existence. I've heard this phrase used over and over and over in the last couple years and its starting to get REALLY nauseating.

Just start running the *#!& offense without him....then let him show late and have his production (and his bigger payday) reduced.
And Ike is right. Football doesn't need him. Everyone's replaceable.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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“Mike is going to be a Pittsburgh Steeler for years to come,” Taylor said.
I'd rather take this out of the article than all of the rest of the mumbo jumbo that fans don't need to know anything about. This is the only part that really matters at the end of the day.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:50 PM   #4
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Default Re: Taylor: Wallace frustrated with contract status

HEY MIKE, you arent getting Fitzgerald money. And if anyone was dumb enough to do so, wont be winning a title. Tying 1/6th of the teams cap on a wide receiver isnt only stupid but VERY stupid.
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Default Re: Taylor: Wallace frustrated with contract status

Wallace didn't "outperform his contract" the second half of last season

IMO the Steelers will sign Antonio Brown and Wallace walks
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WHAT IS WITH this new term "he's outperformed his contract"???!!!! There isn't even such a thing in existence. I've heard this phrase used over and over and over in the last couple years and its starting to get REALLY nauseating.

Just start running the *#!& offense without him....then let him show late and have his production (and his bigger payday) reduced.
And Ike is right. Football doesn't need him. Everyone's replaceable.
agreed...i'd like to see an owner run his yap to the media about getting some money back from a player that "under performed" on his contract.

they should have changed the CBA when it comes to hold outs. players shouldn't get credit for a full season by showing up for only half a season.
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lol fans are so fickle ...

if Pitt had money Wallace would already be signed ... simple as that ... as much as maybe some of you would hate it ... they will sign Wallace when they have money ...

and he did out perform his contract ... every year ...and never complained about it ... except now when he wants some compensation ...

now lets imagine he showed up to OTA which are voluntary ... and did Nicks and broke his foot... well then his season is down the drain and so is his money ...oh but that would be OK wouldn't it be??????
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lol fans are so fickle ...

if Pitt had money Wallace would already be signed ... simple as that ... as much as maybe some of you would hate it ... they will sign Wallace when they have money ...

and he did out perform his contract ... every year ...and never complained about it ... except now when he wants some compensation ...

now lets imagine he showed up to OTA which are voluntary ... and did Nicks and broke his foot... well then his season is down the drain and so is his money ...oh but that would be OK wouldn't it be??????
he'd be collecting his 2.7 million dollar tender had he signed it...
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he'd be collecting his 2.7 million dollar tender had he signed it...
but what about years after that ??? ... he'll have to sign another small contract ... then wait until that one is up to get another good one, which he deserves
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Default Re: Taylor: Wallace frustrated with contract status

Some players overperform their contract, and then some underperform. That's just the way things work out. It's not as if the Steelers can go get a refund from Sweed to give it to Wallace. A contract is a contract.

Having said that, this deal will get done at a fair price if Wallace gets off this "Fitzgerald money" thing. Wallace has lots of upside, but he also has areas for improvement. He needs to take the next step this year. He needs that more than the Steelers do.
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