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Old 12-29-2012, 12:30 AM   #31
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Mike Wallace = Santonio Holmes 2.0


We'll see him as a Jet next year.
Santonio was much better while here than Wallace.
He came up big when it mattered, Mike's just the opposite. He disappears when it matters. And we gave that guy up for nothing. With Wallace hold out and attitude, there's no chance in hell we offer him anywhere near what he wants and we shouldn't. Unfortunately, receiver is probably back on the board for the upcoming draft. Brown and Sanders could be a solid 1,2 and Cotchery is a decent 3rd option. But in today's NFL, you need 4 or 5 guys who can play.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:38 AM   #32
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No surprise, The Steelers will need a BIG time offseason to improve for 2013.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:42 AM   #33
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Santonio was much better while here than Wallace.
He came up big when it mattered, Mike's just the opposite. He disappears when it matters. And we gave that guy up for nothing. With Wallace hold out and attitude, there's no chance in hell we offer him anywhere near what he wants and we shouldn't. Unfortunately, receiver is probably back on the board for the upcoming draft. Brown and Sanders could be a solid 1,2 and Cotchery is a decent 3rd option. But in today's NFL, you need 4 or 5 guys who can play.
Not sure how why you expect Brown and Sanders to be a good 1-2....They are barely a good 2-3 right now.
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Not sure how why you expect Brown and Sanders to be a good 1-2....They are barely a good 2-3 right now.
They CAN do it. If they get coached properly to their potential. They have the talent and potential they showed 2 years ago but this year is ALL on coaching imho
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Honestly people? If you don't think the Steelers won't make an offer to Wallace then you're crazy. Whether it be a one-year deal to see if he can develop into a well-rounded receiver instead of just being a deep threat or a franchise tag because of the same reason. They won't just let go of one of their best receivers. Especially with the issues Sanders has been having with fumbles and lack of depth at WR without Wallace, they'll try to bring him back. If not then they're wasting a precious draft pick on a WR when it could be on a CB, D-Lineman, O-Lineman, Linebackers that we really need.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:47 AM   #36
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Several longtime Steelers ponder if they're playing final game for team

Published December 28, 2012
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PITTSBURGH For the first time since he was taken in the third round in the 2009 draft, Mike Wallace will miss a regular-season game for the Steelers.

It might well be the first of many games Pittsburgh plays without the speedster receiver going forward.

An injury in his left hip and hamstring area will prevent Wallace from playing in the Steelers' season finale Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He will be an unrestricted free agent, leaving his status with the team for beyond this season in question.

Wallace isn't the only veteran who might have attended his final practice as a Steelers player Friday. On the heels of a non-winning season and with salary-cap issues upcoming, Pittsburgh (7-8) has some decisions to make on several longtime stalwarts who have been tenured contributors to championship teams.

Wallace, Casey Hampton, Rashard Mendenhall, Max Starks, James Harrison, Larry Foote and Charlie Batch have a combined 59 years of service for the Steelers, 12 starts in Super Bowls for the team and 11 championship rings.

There is reason to believe the game against Cleveland (5-10) will be the final one for many in that group as part of the organization.

"I don't know who's going to be out the door or who's going to be re-signed, but it's always a business first," Foote said. "From a selfish standpoint on defense, we were No. 1 in the league so bring us all back, keep us all. But I never know what's their plans and (general manager) Kevin Colbert can run a team better than I can."

Starks, who will start his 96th game at tackle for the Steelers on Sunday, and Hampton, the team's nose tackle for the past 12 seasons, both hinted this week they could envision playing elsewhere.

The Stealers' most recent two second-round draft picks and rookies of the year are tackles. That doesn't bode well for Starks, who rebounded from injury each of the past two years to become a reliable starter for the Steelers by the time the season ended.

"I think the writing's on the wall, so to speak," Starks said. "I had a great run nine years here. I've gotten to be a part of three Super Bowl teams and got a chance to grasp two of those Lombardis, so it's an excellent career. If I have to move on, this will always be home for me."

Hines Ward wept at his retirement press conference in March when he said he couldn't envision himself in another uniform. The gregarious Hampton chuckled this week at that notion maintaining that he'd while he'd like to stay a Steeler, he'd play elsewhere if he had to.

A 35-year-old pending free agent, there's no guarantee the team will make a strong effort to keep Hampton.

Like Hampton and Starks, Foote said on Friday that he doesn't want to be a backup. But unlike Starks and Hampton, Foote can attest to the grass not always being greener.

Foote asked out of Pittsburgh following the 2009 Super Bowl victory because he knew Lawrence Timmons was primed to take his starting right inside linebacker's job. Foote signed with his hometown Detroit Lions, who were coming off an 0-16 season.

A year later, the Lions cut him and Foote was given a three-year deal from the Steelers. He gradually re-earned a starting job back for this season.

Foote is coming off a solid season in which he led the team in tackles. Also, the player presumably drafted this past April to replace him, Sean Spence, missed the season due to a knee injury.

"Hopefully I'm back, but you've got to approach it that way," Foote said. "Especially being long in the tooth as you say, all the older guys. That's just the nature of the game."

At 34, Harrison is an even older member of the Steelers' linebackers corps. Harrison had back and knee injuries that slowed him early this season, and he has only five sacks.

A former NFL defensive player of the year, Harrison has a projected salary-cap hit of more than $10 million next season. It's unlikely the Steelers would keep him at that number.

"Right now, I'm looking forward to finishing out, playing this game against the Browns and after that's done I'll get things together as far as looking forward to next year," Harrison said.

Mendenhall was similarly evasive when asked about his future on Friday. The former first-round pick has only 163 yards rushing in five games this season because of injury, deactivation and suspension. A pending unrestricted free agent, he is seemingly destined to be on his way out.

At 38, Batch is the NFL's oldest non-kicker, and the Steelers could elect to add some youth to the quarterback position.

It won't be age that keeps the Steelers from bringing Wallace back. Failure to come to an agreement on a new contract might, though.

Wallace held out through the entirety of Steelers' training camp in Latrobe, Pa., this summer before signing a one-year tender as a restricted free agent. He finished the year with fewer catches and receiving yards than he had in each of the previous two seasons and with a 13.1 yards-per-reception that is well below his career average.

"This year obviously didn't go exactly how I wanted it to go, but I'm happy with the start to my career and I feel like I'm on the right path to do some great things," Wallace said.

But will they take place in black-and-gold? Wallace paused when asked if he'd consider re-signing with Pittsburgh.

"I don't know. We'll see," he said. "But I've got big plans. No matter what the situation is I've definitely got big plans for myself and my family."

Like several other Steelers after a rare non-winning season, those plans just might not include Pittsburgh.

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Old 12-30-2012, 12:54 AM   #37
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Honestly people? If you don't think the Steelers won't make an offer to Wallace then you're crazy. Whether it be a one-year deal to see if he can develop into a well-rounded receiver instead of just being a deep threat or a franchise tag because of the same reason. They won't just let go of one of their best receivers. Especially with the issues Sanders has been having with fumbles and lack of depth at WR without Wallace, they'll try to bring him back. If not then they're wasting a precious draft pick on a WR when it could be on a CB, D-Lineman, O-Lineman, Linebackers that we really need.
Yes, we'll make him an offer, obviously. But we already made him a "Final Offer", and he held out over it. He then proceeded to have the worst season of his career. So I really doubt our offer went up based on his shitty attitude and lack of performance. Unless he's looking to knock about 4 mil a year off his price tag, he isn't coming back here. I give it 50% at this point. I fully expect him to try and get better pay elsewhere, but end up here for the same price we gave Brown, because nobody else is going to pay for a guy doing as dismal as Wallace did.
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Yes, we'll make him an offer, obviously. But we already made him a "Final Offer", and he held out over it. He then proceeded to have the worst season of his career. So I really doubt our offer went up based on his shitty attitude and lack of performance. Unless he's looking to knock about 4 mil a year off his price tag, he isn't coming back here. I give it 50% at this point. I fully expect him to try and get better pay elsewhere, but end up here for the same price we gave Brown, because nobody else is going to pay for a guy doing as dismal as Wallace did.
I'd only keep him for the tune of 3 yr, 16.5 mil, 6 -8 mil up front
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I'd only keep him for the tune of 3 yr, 16.5 mil, 6 -8 mil up front
You never keep cancers on your team. If the Steelers traded Holmes, whom they traded up for, won SB MVP, and was big in big games for a bucket of used replica jersey's, There isn't a chance they keep a guy who completely sabotaged an entire offense with his half ass play and zero effort game in and game out. He played scared all year and it cost the Steelers games. Same with Mendenhall, his bullshit killed any chance of a consistent threat in the back field. We could have used him in those games Ben was out and especially in the last two games.
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You never keep cancers on your team. If the Steelers traded Holmes, whom they traded up for, won SB MVP, and was big in big games for a bucket of used replica jersey's, There isn't a chance they keep a guy who completely sabotaged an entire offense with his half ass play and zero effort game in and game out. He played scared all year and it cost the Steelers games. Same with Mendenhall, his bullshit killed any chance of a consistent threat in the back field. We could have used him in those games Ben was out and especially in the last two games.
Character concerns are no longer an instant trip out of town, if they ever truly were. Ta'Amu destroyed half the South Side in drunken fury and just got called up to the active roster. All Wallace did was slacked off...didn't even cause any property damage.
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