Free Agency Chatter: Vikings might have to offer as much as $70 million over 5 years to lure Wallace away from signing with Dolphins


WR Mike Wallace signing with the Miami Dolphins tomorrow afternoon is said to be as close to a done deal as it can get right now. Peter King of SI reported this morning that the Dolphins are believed to be negotiating against themselves for Wallace. That’s not a big surprise. Several teams like Wallace but teams were immediately turned off by agent Bus Cook’s demands at the combine as the veteran agent informed teams a few weeks back it will take $11 to $12 million per season just to get his interest in coming to the negotiating table. One of those teams that turned away from Wallace due to his demands was the Cleveland Browns who Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports reported a few weeks back was the team Steelers officials felt Wallace would sign with. The Miami Dolphins continue to be that one and likely only team willing to meetRead More »

Dwayne Bowe signing has Mike Wallace market set?


LATEST MIKE WALLACE CHATTER Mike Wallace has his sights set on being one of the top-3 highest paid wide receivers in the NFL, eyeing a $60 million deal with $27 to $30 million in guaranteed money. Many believe Dwayne Bowe’s 5 year, $56 million deal that included $26 million in guaranteed money has set the market for Wallace. Bowe’s deal included a $15 million dollar signing bonus and he will receive a reported $36 million in the first three years of the deal. The Chiefs resigning Bowe takes them out of the Wallace market.

Free Agency Buzz: Wallace set to land a $60 million contract from Dolphins?


LATEST MIKE WALLACE RUMORS Steelers WR Mike Wallace is good as gone with four to five notable teams in league circles already being linked to Wallace in the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers to a lesser extent. Of the five mentioned teams, the sense continues to be that the Dolphins and Browns are the two teams prepared to throw the biggest money at the 26 year old receiver. To no surprise Wallace is reportedly the Miami Dolphins top target. The NFL combine is tampering central and Wallace’s agent Bus Cooke is already making it known to teams in the leadup to the combine that the asking price is a 5 year deal in the range of $60-$63 million. Wallace is seeking at least $27 to $30 million in guaranteed money. There’s actually a sense around the league that Wallace is going toRead More »

Chiefs, Browns Latest teams rumored to have Wallace at top of wish list


The feeling inside the Steelers organization about Mike Wallace is this: He doesn’t think he needs to get better and wants to be a clear No. 1 receiver on a team. Wallace believing he doesn’t need to get better is why the Steelers were much more comfortable in giving Antonio Brown the big money at receiver position from the get Tampering is already going on league wide and will only ramp up at the combine which is tampering central. The early sense on Wallace is that there’s five teams serious about him in the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns. Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports reports many in Steelers organization believe Wallace will end up with the Browns. Cleveland has a ton of cap space and fit the scenario of where Wallace would get to be the primary receiver. They will likely be anRead More »

Veteran WR Jerricho Cotchery talks “inconsistent offense” and has a message for Mike Wallace


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Veteran wideout Jerricho Cotchery believed that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley could not only co-exist, but they could work together successfully as well. Questions arose as their initial season together steadily went from productive to inconsistent with Roethlisberger missing three-plus games due to injury, his negative post-game comments at Dallas and the Steelers’ missing the playoffs for the fifth time since the 2000 season as low points. “I think you’ve got young guys on the offense, and you’ve got a lot of guys that have been in the system for eight seasons,” Cotchery said. “I know Ben had been in one system for a period of time. “Anytime you introduce something that is totally new, like this offense is totally new, and there wasn’t anything that was similar to the previous system, there is going to be some inconsistent play.Read More »

Hoping for a big pay day this off-season, Wallace (hip) won’t risk playing in Sunday’s meaningless game


With nothing on the line and set for what he hopes is a big payday this off-season, wide receiver Mike Wallace will sit out the Steelers regular season finale vs the Cleveland Browns on Sunday with a hip injury. Looking to become one of the games highest paid wide receivers, Wallace had a disappointing year from a big play standpoint as he averaged a career low 13.1 yards per catch and had just 9 catches of 20 + yards, which ranked 4th on the team. Averaging 21.0 yards per catch in 2010, Wallace had 26 catches of 20+ yards and last season Wallace had 18 catches of 20+ yards. Wallace will finish the year with 64 receptions for 836 yards and 8 touchdowns. INDY BEST FIT FOR WALLACE?/ JETS IDEAL TEAM TO THROW BIG MONEY AT HIM?

Steelers Post-Practice Buzz: LeBeau see’s a promising young player in Carter, praises Keenan Lewis; Haley talks Wallace & group at RB for when Mendenhall plays


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — After a couple hard practice days, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison backed off Thursday and second-year pro Chris Carter handled the starting spot on the right side of the club’s defense. Harrison (left knee), who did not participate at all in Thursday’s practice, was expected to return Friday. He also said he would discuss his health after the Steelers’ Friday practice, which is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If Harrison can’t play against the Denver Broncos Sunday night, second-year player Chris Carter is expected to get the start. Carter played extensively during the preseason, and Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau would not hesitate to start him this week. “Definitely,” LeBeau said. “Definitely, he’s a promising young player. He really brings a lot of energy. He’s in great shape, and he played the whole preseason like he wants to be here, like heRead More »