This is certainly how the Steelers do business and I get it, but I'll be damned if it isn't risky for them. You would rather give Brown 5/42 instead of 5/55 to Wallace? Brown is talented but that is a ton of money into a guy who has 1 big year, and has never performed as a #1 WR. Some guys just excel as a compliment. He has never consistently faced #1 CB's, never faced double coverages, never had the full attention of a defense or on the scouting report the week before, that is an entirely new world then playing alongside one of the NFL's fastest WR's who takes the top off a defense and provides tons of room for him to get open.
That's not to say he can't do it, but it's also a risky contract to assume that he could. It's not like this is the old smashmouth Steelers we are talking about. They are a passing team now, Redman doesn't scare anyone, and FWIW neither did Mendy but he at least gave them a consistent ground threat before he was injured. I don't think that extra 13 million spread out over 5 years was that much to balk at. Wallace has consistently performed as an elite WR so that price tag wasn't too expensive.
He doesn't put attention on himself, you don't see him out in the media, he's not a show boat, I'm sure the hold out rubbed the organization the wrong way but I feel like he had somewhat of a gripe as the contract should have been hammered out before this off-season. He's got 24 TD's over the past 3 seasons and a YPC that rivals just about anyone, and oh yea, has never missed a game in his career. I would have been slightly upset about playing for 2 million dollars too, what more did they want him to do exactly?
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