The rumor mill is churning and as usual, when there’s a big name, there’s the Washington Redskins tagged to it. Have we not learned anything during the Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen administration?
The Pittsburgh Steelers just inked WR Antonio Brown to a $42.5 million deal that will keep the receiever through 2017. That of course, after camp holdout Mike Wallace turned down a similar five-year, $42 million dollar offer. Brown will make the $540,000 he was set to make in 2012 as part of his rookie deal, but he also has $8 million guaranteed in the new deal. He’ll make $4.5 million in 2013 (base salary and roster bonus), and $6 million in base salary in 2013 and 2014.
It’s been rumored that Wallace wanted a deal similar to what the Arizona Cardinals gave Larry Fitzgerald – an 8-year deal that could pay up to $120 million. The agreement had guarantees near $50 million, and will pay Fitzgerald $15 million annually and $17 million each year after 2012.
Is Wallace worth that kind of money? No, and it’s been reported that he now realizes he’s not worth Fitzgerald money. Wallace now wants a deal similar to what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently gave Vincent Jackson. The Bucs gave Jackson a deal with a ton of 5′s in it – $55.555 million with $26 million guaranteed, paying the receiver $11.1 million annually.
Wallace is messing with the wrong football club, as the Steelers rarely allow a player to force them into making bad business decisions. They hold all the leverage.
With Wallace refusing to sign his $2.7 million 1-year tender, there’s been speculation of the Steelers possibly exploring trade offers. Steelers GM, Kevin Colbert quickly turned down the possibility by saying he has no interest in trading the disgruntled receiver.
Would the Redskins have been interested if Pittsburgh was willing to trade Wallace? I highly doubt it. The team feels very confident in the group of receivers they already have.
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