Found March 11, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
By Clarence Tunstall I can’t help but be upset with Mike Wallace for leaving. He cut his teeth with the Steelers, learning from one of our all-time greats. Then when he is about to mature into one of the best receivers in the league, leaves us high & dry with nothing. Chances are good that by turning down the Steelers $10M/yr offer last season, Mike Wallace has gotten himself a raise. Originally, I thought it was out of the question that any team would pay an incoming receiver more than that. I figured he’d get a bigger signing bonus & a longer deal that would sound bigger & better, but would still be $10M/yr. I also thought that not many teams have the QB to get him the ball & be a contender so his career would suffer if he left us… anything to sooth the pain of him leaving. Well, none of that is true. Both the Colts & Dolphins, having nearly $100M in cap room & being inches away from contending, appear to be ready to do just that. Da Kid 17 will get his big contract & from all reports it appears for far more than what my poor Steelers were or even would offer him & I can’t blame them… nor him. The Colts & Dolphins have 2nd year, big arm QBs who played well last year. Both have young teams to grow around with exciting new coaching staffs… & both have over $45 million in cap space… & both of them would become instantly better with Da Kid & everyone knows it. So, all I can do… all Steeler Nation can do is to trust that our Steelers will do what they always have done & that is keep on winning despite losing big talent that we help mature. It has been a part of our mantra since free agency & will continue to be so. But let’s look at this from the players perspective… very few of these contracts are ever realized. Hines Ward was released just like that, James Harrison’s reported to be close to being released, & a host of yearly player releases demonstrate how these contracts are geared towards ownership & not the players. While players are bound by them, owners can terminate them whenever they like & most of the time they do… & they do so, just when the biggest part of the contract is due. So Mike Wallace would be foolish to not try to get all that he can as his loyalty may someday be returned to him in the form of a pink slip & that includes my beloved Steelers. I wish he could stay, but for his own benefit , he’s got to go; and against the will of my Black n Gold pumping heart, I wish him well and the biggest contract he can get. The post Tunstall: I wish he could stay, but Mike Wallace has got to go appeared first on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog.
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