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Steelers will probably let Wallace test free agency

Part of the converstion about free agency on this site has involved Mike Wallace. And that conversation has assumed that Wallace will actually be available despite the fact the Pittsburgh Steelers can use the franchise tag on him or re-sign him between now and the March 12 opening of free agency.

Well, today there is some clarity on that assumption straight from the horse's mouth.

Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert met with the local media today and cleared up several questions. He said it was "very doubtful" the club would use the franchise tag on anyone.

So there's that.

And he made the point that the Steelers are not worried about their free agents going out into the market to test the free agency waters.

"We won't know what an individual player costs until he gets out there," Colbert said.

That means Wallace will be on the market in all probability.

Colbert also made the point that the Steelers "are not married" to any player. Actually, he piggybacked on that by adding that Pittsburgh must change the roster from the one that got them to 8-8 because to be different you have to, well, be different.

Change is coming to the Steelers. It looks as if Wallace might be part of that change.

And at the very least, he'll get a chance to test free agency.

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2 watt, we'll be lucky if Tannehill has a good of season in his second year as Luck, RG3 and Wilson did there rookie season.

Wallace ate alot of humble pie this year. He balked at a contract extension from the Steelers and they turned around and gave the money to Antonio Brown. Then he gets no offers from other teams and reports to camp. His season was a disappointment statistically for a guy who wants to paid like a top 5 wideout. Finally he admits that he made a mistake holding out like he did. I like that, he gets that his holdout didn't work out like his agent thought it would. That shows some humility, and shows a player that may work hard to lose the one trick pony label he seems to have picked up.

No one has straight line speed like Wallace and he forces a defense to keep the safeties deep. I'd be happy to have him on the Dolphins roster for an Antonio Brown sized deal.

That said market value for him will be ludicrous because of his age, speed, and previous production. That could mean a 9-10 million offer from a desperate team. If he's turned the corner maturity wise and works hard to make himself a more complete receiver teams could value him in the Sidney Rice range of 7-8 million/season quite easily IMO.

Clue, that would actually be fantastic and lend credence that we finally found our guy

i ain't kno
but i c bess wide open over the middle w/ wallace being chased by 2 db's down the sideline all game long
lol

Sign Wallace and Ginn Jr, if that doesnt put fear in the defense I dont know what will imagine that combination of speed.

I am a fat, ignorant, brain dead sheep. I'm useless.

Darkoak,

Wallace was a resticted free agent last offseason...

Any team making him an offer would have had to give up their first round pick to sign him, in addition to the money they would be willing to pay.

This year he is unrestricted, and will get offers...

The following WRs whom the Dolphins passed on will be playing in their respective conference championship games:

1. Welker
2. Ginn Jr
3. greatest of all time Randy Moss

Ross can eat a d i c k if he wants the upgrades from tax payers.

Do the 49ers even put Ginn in as a wideout? Think he 95% just does STs. He was a pretty big bust as a top 10 pick.

A LOT will change with the ranking of the prospects after the combine. It always does.

The only CB I know well & like is Dee Milliner & I highly doubt he'll be on the board @ 12.

The WR I know well & like is DeAndre Hopkins. The TE I like best Ertz who is a better athlete than Eifert although he's rated lower in most mocks. Most mocks have both Hopkins & Ertz as lower first round picks but again that can definitely change.

Common but when Ginn does come in as a wideout, DB's wouuldnt dear press him

We will draft one of the University of Tennessee wide receivers
And add a top FA.
Depth will be added to D Line, to send Brady to his destruction.
Secondary will also be addressed.

Eh, I don't think there is a CB alive that is afraid of Tedd Ginn lol.

He is fast, but that whole catching thing escapes him. Also contact and route running. He isn't a fan of either of those...

Don't know and don't CARE if Te'o or any other player is gay. How does that affect my life in any way, shape, or form?

Seriously, I just wish one active player would 'come out' already so we can get past this dated nonsense from the past that nobody under the age of 40 gives a crap about anymore, anyway.

The only people that still seem obsessed with this stuff are closet queens, Tea Party freaks and dim-witted losers.

"Do the 49ers even put Ginn in as a wideout? Think he 95% just does STs. He was a pretty big bust as a top 10 pick."

Common Sense,

He's used extremely sparingly at WR. If he catches a pass in a game it's a big deal & that's even with Manningham on IR.

CommonSense explain why DB give him a 10 yard cushion. STFU you have no idea about football

Wow Jonas, such a good argument... How could that be countered?

If you think Tedd Ginn is a good reciever then there is no need for me to counter... Just would be a waste. He is quick thats about it.

I think he has average hands and is very fast.

Amazing post @ 1:01 from "Grow Up"

Grow Up laready, seems like you need to come out of the closet already. LMAO

Mando, remember your own advice. If a player is available, there is a reason for it. His team, which knows him well, does not want him.

Unless it's a former Dolphin we're talking about. We give away players like Welker.

Wallace is straight up mediocre. I usually agree with Mando. I don't understand why Mando likes Wallace so much.

Dolphins: "We're not going to pay you."

Welker: "Ok" (120 for 1400 year after year after year after year after year after year after year....)

Good players walk from time to time. For different reasons. Dolphins did give away Welker, but prior to being with Brady Welker wasn't as great as he is. Not excusing the Dolphins for trading him, just sayin. This blog is 99% hindsight.

Ammando like Wallace so much because it is a "big" signing with a highly visible, well-known player. So then he gets to write and "report" about it a bunch and more people come to read about it.
It's an attention grabber for him.

I agree on Wallace Sheep. I don't see why he is so coveted. Much rather have Jennings, Hartline, and a rookie.

"Don't know and don't CARE if Te'o or any other player is gay. How does that affect my life in any way, shape, or form?

Seriously, I just wish one active player would 'come out' already so we can get past this dated nonsense from the past that nobody under the age of 40 gives a crap about anymore, anyway.

The only people that still seem obsessed with this stuff are closet queens, Tea Party freaks and dim-witted losers."

Grow Up Already,

The other guys care in the locker room. If you HONESTLY believe that if a guy came out & said he likes dudes that he would be treated the same way by his teammates then you're kidding yourself.

I can't even begin to imagine the trash talk that an openly gay player would get on Sundays...

mediocre on the phinz would make wallace all world.
lol

"Mando, remember your own advice. If a player is available, there is a reason for it. His team, which knows him well, does not want him."

Posted by: Sheep Man

Listen idiot, ever heard of Brandon Marshall? You are probably the same moron who said we shouldn't trade him. We didn't want him because he wasn't a good fit with our organization. Same for Wallace in Pitt, wake up stupid. If they knew for sure they didn't want him they would have traded him in season and got some good picks for him. They are letting him test the market because he still adds value to the organization but they can't afford his price as is and are hoping the market comes down on him after dolts like you scream for months about how he sucks.

lol

Taking a look at this Player that Gil Brandt wants to push to us at #12, Ezekiel Ansah DE. I see nothing spectacular in him + he's from BGY.

blockbuster FA moves are overratted . Look at Buffalo 100M for Mario a #1 overall TX let go becuase he was injured and rplaced by a #2 rd pick ( see Martin) TX went to playoffs buffalo did not.

Grow Up laready, seems like you need to come out of the closet already. LMAO

Posted by: Jonas | January 17, 2013 at 01:12 PM

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Ah, yes, the old 'if you're not reflexively hostile to gays you must BE gay' response.

For the record, I'm not.

Also for the record, you're an imbecile.

Another guy from NFL, Albert Breer, has us taking Keenan Allen who is not even the 4th best WR in this yars Draft. Broder!

We, around here, only select the Best, from the Best.

Grow Up Already,

The other guys care in the locker room. If you HONESTLY believe that if a guy came out & said he likes dudes that he would be treated the same way by his teammates then you're kidding yourself.

I can't even begin to imagine the trash talk that an openly gay player would get on Sundays...

Posted by: We Have Draft Picks | January 17, 2013 at 01:19 PM

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Oh, no question some players would be juvenile asswipes about it. But the same was true when Jackie Robinson had to deal with openly racist players and fans who were blind with rage over him breaking the color barrier.

But you'd also have plenty of players who would support their teammate. It's 2013, not 1950.

Just think it's time to get over this silly crap and stop worrying so much about what other people do in their personal lives.

I think it's a generational thing, really. Young folks tend not to care a whit about this, to their credit.

Grow up alreadys, what the problem too many d i c ks in your booty LMAO

I think you're the one dealing with hidden issues, Jonas.

You think about male body parts a LOT, apparently.

It's ok, sweet pea.

Always, when you wake up in a strange place, touch your a-s first. You might have liked it and not know it.

Grow up Already, i agree 100%. Hopefully T'eo is the guy that does it .. if he's ghey that is and not a liar, or incredibly stupid.

He's one of the three it appears ...

Being gay would be the best outcome for everyone involved, you'd think.

Oscar, if we go WR 1st round, it's Cordarelle Patterson, I've got to believe. 6'3, 205lbs, 4.43 speed. Returns kicks, runs the ball ... Only knock on him is he's raw. Kind of like our first rounder last year. Go with the potential ...

Grow up Already, Wipe the semen off your mouth dude a openly gay NFL player would never make it in the NFL. This isnt a sport for dingaling loving boys

Personally CommonSense, I miss Ted Ginn. not the greatest receiver but he was a demon on special teams and was still a somewhat useful receiver and served a role. he got almost 1,000 yards in 2008 (rushing + receiving) and he won a few games singlehandedly. We've lacked that kind of playmaker since (well except for Reggie). marshall was not a difference maker in one single game here in Miami. Not going to say Ginn is better - but he was a better Dolphin - no doubt.

You writing down all these picks, Paul? Good.

Good day, guys. Weird stuff on T'eo. I'm not reading too many guys saying 'he's a top 5 pick for sure' or 'he's the best player in the draft, no question'. Where did all those guys go? Amazing that guys can bang the drum so loudly and then disappear so fast....just AMAZING!!!

Having said all that, while I don't see this as a need on this team, he would still be a guy I'd be interesting in, if he drops in the draft. You can never have enough good football players on your team and I believe this guy has a chance to be that. If he were around in the second, despite ALL our needs, I think you'd have to consider him.

There are rumors about specific NFL Players being gay and it would be an impossibility, statistically speaking, if there haven't been or are NFL gay Players. It would be crazy also if one of these Players declared himself openly gay while still active.

DC,

I'm addressing this to you but really it's a general statement. I read you say this morning (and others have said it), you have no confidence in Ireland's ability to evaluate WRs. Fair enough. But you do realize it's not just him, right? I don't know a lot about the quality of scouts we have on this team, how much they are paid or how many we have. I'd have to think part of that falls on them too. And you'd like to think, considering how many years experience they have, that Philboin and Sherman know what to look for in a WR. So I don't believe Ireland is an island unto himself.

We could use a Dez Bryant right about now.

Mark, actually I didn't like them moving Ginn when they did either. He isn't a great reciever, but his speed with Marshall could have made some things happen.

Trading Da Beast was another huge Irescum botch. Egnew?? Yikes!

Phinmanski, Ireland got ripped off in the Vontae Davis trade too.

Personally I don't know how anyone can say ireland can't scout wide receivers if they haven't used anything higher than a 3rd pick to select one. As Oscar likes to say, mathematically speaking, the odds are already against the player making it just by being a late pick. Actually the fact that they found hartline in the fourth, and bess and miles austin undrafted (along with periodic contributions from an undrafted marlon moore) actually gives empirical evidence to the opposite - that he can actually scout receivers. just for whatever reason, like qbs until very recently, he's passed on them.

Jeez I get bashed when I said re-sign Ted Ginn Jr as a number 4 WR but Mark and CommonSense agree it was bad we traded him. I mean think about it would you rather Ginn Jr or Nolan Carrol thats who we selected with the draft pick from the 49ers, I rather Ginn

Mark in Toronto,

That's my point EXACTLY. It's like saying 'they don't know how to evaluate QBs'. Oh yeah? Before picking Tannehill, when was the last time they picked a guy in the first round? Marino, back in '83?

For the most part, you get you what you pay for. If you're going to keep drafting WRs third round and lower, you're not too likely to find any stars.

Mark, that is a logical statement. Logic has nothing to do with the Ireland hate.

Are mike and Phinmanski the same guy? The same negative sh8t from these two guys, day in and day out. Can't be a coincidence.

Yup, I'm sure Irescum expected a top 2 pick in the 2nd rd for Vontae after 1-15 for the Colts last year. I dont know if the Colts actually lost on purpose last year but they did have an amazing A+ draft.

Phinmanski,

Did it take you a long time to come up with the name 'Irescum'? REALLY original!! Must make you feel really good to hate another human being like you do.

Don't quit your day job....

It's like the old David Bowie song with this dude(s)....'Day In....Day Out'

Mark....

Those guys you are touting get you....

they get you...

7-9
7-9
6-10
and
7-9

CommonSense....

you what about the dislike for IRELAND...the record speak for itself....

It is those of you who want to defend a GM with 4 STRAIGHT losing seasons that defy logic

Craig, there aint much positive about 4 consecutive losing seasons.....and another year of Irescum coming up!

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