NFL Rumors: Pittsburgh Steelers to Part Ways With Mike Wallace?

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Despite numerous injuries on both sides of the ball, the Pittsburgh Steelers still came close to reaching the playoffs after finishing the season with an 8-8 record. One of the main reasons why the team struggled in 2012 was due to poor performances from Mike Wallace–who may have nobody to blame but himself after holding out for a new contract during training camp.

Wallace has proven in the past he’s capable of being one of the top wide receivers in football when he’s on top of his game, but one of the top NFL rumors this week involves the wideout and the Steelers parting ways this offseason.

The wideout is coming off a 2012 season in which he caught just 64 passes for 836 yards with eight touchdowns and while those numbers may not seem that bad–they were down compared to the previous two seasons for Wallace (2,450 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns over previous two seasons). For a player that fought so hard to earn a long-term deal, Wallace’s numbers in 2012 were nothing but a disappointment and with the way things turned out last year, it seems unlikely the team would be willing to give one this offseason.

With all these factors taken into consideration, it’s no surprise to hear these rumors about Pittsburgh and Wallace parting ways. If anything, the Steelers proved last season they will be just fine without Wallace in the passing game thanks to players like Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders–so there would be nothing to worry about heading into the 2013 season.

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