In what may be the most talked about topic of the NFL off-season thus far outside of Peyton Manning’s situation, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert spoke expectantly about speedy wideout Mike Wallace being a Steeler next season.
Just a day removed from reports that Wallace thought he would fill the missing piece in New England or San Francisco, this talk from Colbert throws a whole new wrench into the scenario. During his interview yesterday when Wallace touched on free agency and the teams he thought he would be an asset to, he also expressed his desire to remain a Steeler and said no matter what happens, “Pittsburgh will always be in my heart.”
Colbert’s optimistic attitude towards Wallace’s situation comes from a simple philosophy, as he said:
“Usually when you’ve got two parties that share the same goal, it’s easier to achieve that goal.”
That couldn’t be more true, and I expect both sides to do what it takes to give the Steelers the best chance to keep the fastest receiver in the NFL and the biggest play-maker on the roster. Wallace had a down second half of this past season, but the fault there lies on former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ incompetence, not Mike Wallace.
It appears as though the most feasible option would be to restructure the large contracts of several players, most namely Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu, as well as releasing or cutting some veterans , to clear cap space to apply the $9.4 million dollar franchise tag on Wallace.
Whatever transpires, Colbert’s words have given new life to a seemingly hopeless situation. Let’s hope they come to fruition and Mike Wallace remains a Pittsburgh Steeler.