Antonio Brown seems pretty confident that Mike Wallace is going to hang around with the Steelers. When he was all suited up on NFL Network over the weekend, he said, “No doubt in my mind, he’s coming back.”
We’ve heard players say before tha they want certain players to stick with them to help the team only to see them end up elsewhere for various reasons, but the Young Money Crew seems pretty happy with what they have going on in the Burgh, and if there’s anything professional athletes are willing to overlook money for it’s winning and happiness – look at what it did for D-Wade, LeBron and Chris Bosh (and Young Money aren’t a bag of dicks like the Heat).
Steeler Nation would be pretty happy too if Young Money is here for a long time. Young Money is a pretty tight-knit – and exclusive – group so you have to think that Brown has a little inside information to sound so confident that Wallace isn’t going anywhere.
There’s no chance anyone’s going to throw $120 million at Wallace this year and even a long-term deal isn’t all that impossible to comprehend. Larry Foote, Casey Hampton, James Harrison and even Brett Keisel aren’t going to be around much longer, and neither will their salaries…plus, the salary cap is due for some major inflation. That means if the Steelers back-load a new deal for Wallace, it’d be cake to lock him up through his prime. The same goes for Brown.
It’s pretty obvious that Young Money likes playing together; how could they not when their two leaders became the first Steelers receiving tandem to go over 1,000 yards since Hines and Santonio did it back in ’09.
But everyone that talks about the Steelers loves to tell you that the Steelers have no problem kicking their receivers to the curb when their contracts are up…or in Santonio’s case, when he decides to tell the world he’s on a wake-and-bake mission. That doesn’t mean **** with Young Money.
Sine Mike Tomlin took over in ’07, the first receiver he drafted that’s actually done more than belly flop on a perfect pass was Mike Wallace. Then the next year he took Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. These guys have worked extremely well together so far and since they’re the first real receivers Tomlin has coached since they were drafted, we have no idea how they’ll be handled when compared to past regimes.
Listening to Tomlin talk about Young Money, he sounds to be just as excited about them as Steeler Nation. Can you blame him when he’s the one that’s brought each of them to the Burgh, including the final member last year, Wes Saunders?
It won’t be easy to sign Wallace and Brown long-term within the next year but it can be done. And with his quarterback publicly begging him to stay and his Crew member declaring he’ll be back, maybe inking Wallace won’t be as hard as we thought.