Steelers receiver Mike Wallace lines up with first team September 4, 2012 12:11 am By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mike Wallace pulled on his uniform Monday and stepped onto the practice field for the first time with his Steelers teammates. He also stepped right into the split-end position with the first team, and that is where Emmanuel Sanders expects to see him Sunday night in Denver.
"He's definitely going to start," said Sanders, who held that job while Wallace held out. "He'll get a good amount of reps, depending on how he feels, his breathing."
Wallace said he felt good Monday, and his quarterback said Todd Haley's new offense caused Wallace no problems in his first day on the field since the Steelers lost their playoff game Jan. 8 in Denver.
"He didn't make any mistakes in the no-huddle drill, so he looked good," Ben Roethlisberger said, although he claimed not to know how much Wallace will play in Denver.
"I'm sure this week will kind of determine that, how's he practicing, how's his wind? He's not going to play every single play, no one ever does. I think he'll be in there quite a bit, though."
Wallace said he handled his duties in the new offense well and that not everything was a fly pattern. He said he did not have to ask anyone a question about a play that was called.
Mike Wallace's future with Steelers looks bleak By Chris Wesseling Around the League Writer Published: Feb. 4, 2013 at 04:59 p.m. Updated: Feb. 4, 2013 at 05:59 p.m.
While Antonio Brown wants to spend his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the same won't be said of impending free agent Mike Wallace.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette acknowledges that the Steelers are likely to lose Wallace, who "turned off some in the front office and the coaching staff" with last year's holdout. The writing has been on the wall since head coach Mike Tomlin demoted Wallace to "co-starter" with Emmanuel Sanders in November. The speedster went on to complain about his role in coordinator Todd Haley's spread-the-wealth offense while struggling with concentration and effort.
The Steelers have no plans to slap Wallace with the franchise tag after he reportedly turned down an offer in the five-year, $50 million range last offseason. Considering his unique combination of talent, speed and youth, the organization does, however, expect other teams to value Wallace at that level.
There's no chance of a hometown discount for Pittsburgh. Recognizing an opportunity to set himself up for life, Wallace has "big plans" for himself and his family on the free agent market.
The Miami Herald has twice hinted at the receiver-needy Miami Dolphins' interest in Wallace.
New Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid could have his eyes on Wallace as a DeSean Jackson-style game-breaker if Dwayne Bowe isn't re-signed. The Indianapolis Colts have plenty of available salary-cap space, but lost their tie to Wallace when ex-Steelers coordinator Bruce Arians accepted the Arizona Cardinals' head-coaching job. Wide receiver isn't a big need in Arizona after Michael Floyd was selected in the first round of last year's draft.
Is Mike Wallace worth a $60 million contract from the Dolphins? Dolphins have identified receiver Mike Wallace as their top free agent target, but is the former Steelers receiver worth $12 million a season? By Omar Kelly, Commentary 4:36 p.m. EST, February 19, 2013
Ever try negotiating the price of a new Maserati or Bentley?
Only so many of those exotic cars are sold in this country, and those who want them generally pay top dollar. The demand usually exceeds the supply, and as a result the price is typically the price.
The same concept applies to the top shelf free agents in professional sports. If you want them, expect to overpay.
The Miami Dolphins haven't hidden the fact they'll upgrade the receiver position through free agency, providing quarterback Ryan Tannehill the weapons he needs to jump start the passing game.
"I think this is the year that you've got to do something," General Manager Jeff Ireland said. "We're looking for playmakers on offense."
Posted on Tuesday, 03.12.13 MIAMI DOLPHINS | FREE AGENCY Mike Wallace agrees to 5-year deal with Miami Dolphins Mike Wallace will sign a five-year contract earning between $60 million and $65 million, pending a physical, the Miami Herald has confirmed BY ADAM H. BEASLEY AND ARMANDO SALGUERO email@example.com
The Miami Dolphins have their man.
Mike Wallace will sign a five-year contract earning between $60 million and $65 million, pending a physical, the Miami Herald has confirmed.
The contract includes a substantial amount of guaranteed money. Although that figure is not yet known, it will be approximately $30 million.
Wallace will be the third-highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL behind Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The contract is not yet signed. Wallace is in South Florida and taking a physical and could sign the deal if he passes, as expected.
NFL Network reports Wallace will sign the contract at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Dolphins have been making press conference plans but it likely will happen Wednesday.
Given the addition of Wallace, that is actually a pretty formidable WR corps. Bess and Hartline are both good pieces. Kudos to Miami for understanding that a young QB needs weapons to throw to and GETTING those weapons. I suspect that he could have a sneaky good season throwing to Wallace and that crew. Just need an RB now.
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m16a wrote:Given the addition of Wallace, that is actually a pretty formidable WR corps. Bess and Hartline are both good pieces. Kudos to Miami for understanding that a young QB needs weapons to throw to and GETTING those weapons. I suspect that he could have a sneaky good season throwing to Wallace and that crew. Just need an RB now.
Hopefully Tannehill steps his game up a notch to take advantage of this.
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Receiver Mike Wallace said his Dolphins experience has been “exciting” so far partly because “every day, you don’t know what’s coming.” Here’s one change that he knows is coming: The Dolphins plan to use him in more ways than the Pittsburgh Steelers did.
“I will be inside a little more,” he said Wednesday, adding that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman “wants to switch us around a lot more where people can’t key on you. I had primary things to do in Pittsburgh. Here I’m switching a little bit more and doing a little bit more of everything.”
He said in Pittsburgh, first under offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and last season under Todd Haley, “I wasn’t in the slot as much.”
Through four days of camp, most of Wallace’s receptions have been on out patterns and slants. Wallace generally hasn’t been targeted on deep routes, though that assuredly will be a part of the Dolphins’ offense.
“I’m not worried about it,” Wallace said. “It will come in due time. We have days we do different things.” He said his chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill is getting “better every day. We have a lot of days before our first preseason game. As long as we’re good by Game 1 [of the regular season], I think we’ll be fine. It’s not going to happen overnight.”