The Steelers, as they’ve traditionally done, uncovered a gem in Mike Wallace, turning a third-round draft selection into one of the league’s most explosive players.
Unfortunately, it’s a double-edged sword, as his playmaking ability might make it tough for the team to retain its Pro Bowl receiver.
NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reported Monday night that there is “real concern” within Pittsburgh’s front office over potentially losing Wallace, a restricted free agent.
The Steelers are said to have little wiggle room under the cap, which puts the club in a precarious position.
The franchise tag would cost $9.5 million next season, so that’s out of the question, and placing a first-round tender on Wallace would by no means guarantee he remains in the Steel City.
Assuming he’s tendered, two teams that could show interest in the 25-year-old are the Ravens and Patriots, La Canfora noted. The Pats are in an ideal spot, having both the ammo (two first-round picks) and an immediate need at the p...