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08:06 AM ET 03.26 | No news is good news for Pittsburgh on the restricted free agent front. The Steelers have the NFL's most desirable restricted free agent, WR Mike Wallace, and any interested clubs have until April 20 to make him an offer they believe Pittsburgh must refuse. In March, Steelers president Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the club wants to sign Wallace long term. An agreement struck before the start of the 2012 season would benefit the Steelers by keeping Wallace in the fold for multiple years, and removing the prospect of him testing free agency next offseason. Should Wallace fail to draw an offer sheet, the Steelers will have dodged their biggest risk in free agency.

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March 26, 2012  08:28 AM ET

With all the wideouts the Patriots have picked up, I don't think they'll be in this one. They don't play the bidding-war game, anyway.

March 26, 2012  08:45 AM ET

The rumor is Wallace wants Larry Fitzgerald money, that plus a first round draft pick makes him pretty pricey. I hope that keeps the other teams away...

March 26, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Somebody will want Wallace badly enough to make an offer the Steelers can't match. I'd be shocked if it works out any other way. But good for them if they can keep him.

March 26, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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The rumor is Wallace wants Larry Fitzgerald money,

That's just insane. Wallace is no Fitz.

March 26, 2012  08:57 AM ET

The Owners have decided to pour millions of dollars into Wide Receivers Pockets, do you blame the Guy? It looks like he's a little to costly for the outside world, and he'll probably join the like of Plax, and TO sitting on the side lines riding a stationary back complaining of stiffness!

March 26, 2012  09:00 AM ET

That's just insane. Wallace is no Fitz.

March 26, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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That's just insane. Wallace is no Fitz.

No, probably not. But he's the best free agent WR, and as such he can command big dollars.

And, Fitz made his reputation with Kurt Warner. That helps.

March 26, 2012  09:29 AM ET

No doubt Wallace would have better numbers had he played in a pass-first offense...that being said, his productivity dropped off significantly once he started getting double-team coverage last year. There probably wont be any action on him until after the draft....

March 26, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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There probably wont be any action on him until after the draft....

No, some team will come up with an offer he can't refuse and the Steelers can't afford to match. And Wallace will toil in obscurity and never see another playoff game.

March 26, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Go to the Broncos..... Peyton needs some help.....

This...

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March 26, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

No doubt Wallace would have better numbers had he played in a pass-first offense...that being said, his productivity dropped off significantly once he started getting double-team coverage last year. There probably wont be any action on him until after the draft....

No doubt he would have better numbers if he were taller. Fact is he isn't even in the top 10, Fitzgerald had better numbers last season and who was his QB? My question to Pttsburgh fans is; you claim to have the greatest QB and WR, why isn't your OC utilizing them more often? Pittsburgh did the right thing they made him a RFA, I think Wallace wants to stay in Pittsburgh otherwise he wouldn't have shot off his big mouth saying he wanted Fitzgerald type salary, that plus the idea that a team that wanted him would have to give up a 1st round draft choice is just to pricey. Denver wants to believe they are a Super Bowl contender, which they won't be until they either sign or draft a deep threat for Manning, Denver has the cap room and a 1st round pick.

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March 26, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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The rumor is Wallace wants Larry Fitzgerald money, that plus a first round draft pick makes him pretty pricey. I hope that keeps the other teams away...

In a few years WRs will think they deserve Megatron money, and the majority of them won't be nearly as good as Megatron or Fitz. These guys need the air pressure adjusted on their over-inflated senses of entitlement.

March 26, 2012  10:27 AM ET

Yeah Pro Football Talk said he wanted more than Fitz $$...+ a first rounder

I think the Steelers have him for this year unless he wants to go all Desean Jackson on him

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March 26, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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Go to the Broncos..... Peyton needs some help.....

Do they have the cap space left though to make such an offer to Wallace?

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March 26, 2012  11:06 AM ET

Wallace is a good young receiver. He isn't great. In fact, Antonio Brown is a much better route-runner and has better hands. Wallace has speed to burn which every team craves, but his hands are average. In fact, if a team was to make Wallace an offer tomorrow, I believe the Steelers would gladly take the #1, address some glaring needs (OL, DT, DB) and use the added money saved to sign Brown and Sanders after next season.

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