It’s been a long and frustrating offseason for Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers as the wide receiver has been looking for a new long-term deal instead of playing the 2012 season under the franchise tag. However, one of the most popular NFL rumors from Tuesday may indicate that the two sides have reached an agreement.
Wallace’s teammate Weslye Saunders may claim to have “jumped the gun” over the signing, but this could easily be a cover up considering the team has yet to make an official announcement themselves.
Either way, this would certainly be great news for a team like the Steelers considering the type of numbers Wallace has produced over the last two seasons as the team’s top wide receiver. Wallace has caught 132 passes for 2,450 yards and 18 touchdowns over the last two seasons–so it’s safe to say he deserves a long-term deal from the team instead of playing under the tender for the upcoming season.
It may not seem like a big deal at the moment, but the Steelers need to do whatever it takes to make sure Wallace is happy entering the 2012 season. The passing game already has to make an adjustment to playing without Hines Ward–who has been one of the team’s best leaders over the last couple of years–for the 2012 season and the last thing Ben Roethlisberger wants to do is lose his favorite target because of a holdout this season.
For the sake of Steelers fans, let’s hope Saunders was jumping the gun and this new deal for Wallace has in fact already happened.
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