Found March 01, 2012 on The Penalty Flag:
Fresh off their second AFC Championship in three years the Pittsburgh Steelers were a strong favorite to repeat once again, but no one expected a first round loss. Expectations for Ben Roethlisberger and company were much higher than getting knocked out of the playoffs by a miraculous touchdown pass by Tim Tebow. The Steelers continuously have one of the leagues best defenses and in a league that has suddenly gone offensive will the Steelers get the itch in the 2012 NFL draft to possible find some offensive difference makers? Or will the Steelers do what they do best…defense. The Penalty Flag’s Mike Presley has Dontari Poe going to the Steelers to reignite the defense; Round 1, Pick 24: Dontari Poe NT Memphis: Father time seems to have caught up to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Casey Hampton will be 35 a week before Week 1 of the 2012 season and will be coming off ACL surgery. Poe’s size at 6’5 makes him a massive lineman that will make it hard for any center to block. He totaled 33 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble last season. Poe will play good in either a 3-4 or 4-3 system. [...]

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Roster Purge Hits High Gear

Super Bowl XLV MVP Hines Ward. (Photo from Sports Illustrated) When the Pittsburgh Steelers walked off the field in Denver after losing to the Broncos in the AFC Wild Card round, it was well known that the team was heading into an offseason unlike any other in club history.  The Steelers stood more than $22 million over the 2012 salary cap while needing to sign WR Mike Wallace,...

No Surprise Mike Wallace Will Get 1st Round Tender If Not Signed By March 5th

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Thursday morning that the Pittsburgh Steelers will not use the franchise tag on restricted free agent Mike Wallace should they not get him signed to a new contract in the next few days. The news comes as no surprise as the Steelers do not have the cap room to accommodate a projected $9.4 plus million franchise tag amount. The Steelers have been in...

Steelers Face Critical Decision on Mike Wallace.

  The Pittsburgh Steelers first priority of the 2012 NFL offseason was to get under the salary cap, which they've now done after trimming$25 million from their cap according to Jamison Hensley of' AFC North Blog, by restructuring the contracts of players such as Ben Roethlisberger, Lawrence Timmons and Lamar Woodley among others recently. Yet, the salary...

Report: Steelers will not use Franchise Tag on Mike Wallace

EPSN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Steelers will not use the franchise tag on Mike Wallace.  Wallace will be given the first round tender offer as a restricted free agent.  If any team were to sign him away we would receive their original first round pick in return. The Steelers had to make this move.  The tender for Wallace looks to be around $2.75 million for the...

Steelers Will Not Franchise Tag Mike Wallace

Per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter,  the Pittsburgh Steelers will tender coveted receiver Mike Wallace in preparation for the upcoming free agency period rather than placing a $9.4 million franchise tag on him. With yesterday’s news that they intend to release Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger’s contract restructuring, the Steelers now find themselves close to $3 million...

Pittsburgh Won't Franchise Tag Wallace?

Adam Schefter of ESPN noted that the Steelers won't place the franchise tag on restricted free agent receiver Mike Wallace. Fantasy Spin: So Pittsburgh will instead tender Wallace, hence leaving the risk of losing him to a receiver-needy team willing to pay a hefty price (namely a first-round Draft pick as compensation) for the ulta-talented speed demon.

Even with Ward gone, no reason to franchise Wallace

Adam Schefter at ESPN reported this morning that according to a source, the Steelers are not going to use their franchise tag on restricted free agent Mike Wallace.  The Steelers plan to place a first-round tender — and not the franchise tag — on restricted free agent Mike Wallace, a source close to the wide receiver told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Even with Hines Ward...

Steelers Might Lose Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, James Farrior

Out with the old and in with the new, we presume.  The Pittsburgh Steelers are not only releasing the franchise’s all-time leading receiver Hines Ward, but also look to cut veteran linebacker James Farrior and aren’t expected to franchise tag star receiver Mike Wallace, either. “It’s not a done deal, but the percentages just aren’t there,” Ralph Cindrich tells Scott...

PG Exclusive: Big Ben bids Ward a fond adieu

Ben Roethlisberger includes himself among Hines Ward's fans who hated to see him go, and wonders how the Steelers group of wide receivers will turn out in 2012.
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