|Mike Wallace going 95 in Arizona last year.|
Like everybody else, including Mike Wallace and the Steelers, we wonder how it will play out.
We wonder whether the Steelers have a plan and if so, what it is. Do they plan to let "the market" determine Wallace's contract? Probably. One lesson the Steelers have learned over the years: Do not bid against yourself; i.e., let other teams establish the market price for a player.
|Not a one-trick pony, as many fans suggest.|
How did it get to this point?
Neal Coolong over at Behind the Steel Curtain wrote a spot-on critique asking that very question and raising the possibility -- gasp! -- that the Steelers' braintrust in charge of such issues (Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin, Omar Khan, etc.) -- fumbled the ball on this one.
And, at the risk of incurring The Wrath of Khan ... we should point out that somebody needed to write a post like this and call out the Steelers for how they’ve handled (or mis-handled) the planning of their cap situation the past two or three years. Neal's write-up is much more thoughtful, detailed and better written than anything JPPBs could have crafted, but the same damn thing occurred to us a few weeks ago when news leaked that St. Louis was making overtures to Omar Khan. Not looking to blame anybody in particular here — lots of people get involved in these decisions — but how is it that the Steelers are in this mess?
|Mike Wallace is entering his prime years.|
Food for Thought:
Could this be the sort of deal be a model for what the Steelers are trying to devise for Mike Wallace? Probably not -- the franchise tender for Mike Wallace would be much higher than for Jermichael Finley -- but it's an interesting solution to a similar problem. And the Packers have proven very adept at dealing with the salary cap.
More Food (literally) for Thought:
Patty Tascarella's "The Fish Sandwich Chronicles" in The Pittsburgh Business Times
Sunset Gun: "Every Day Needs a Little Otis Tenderness"