We haven’t heard much on the Mike Wallace front and now we know why. The Pittsburgh Steelers speedy receiver is one of the league’s top deep threats and also a restricted free agent. So why has no one parted ways with their first-round pick in order to bring in a type of player that rarely hits the market? Simple. His demands are too high.
Per the Sacramento Bee, Wallace is seeking a contract that exceeds the eight-year, $120 million deal that the Arizona Cardinals gave to Larry Fitzgerald last season. Hit the brakes, Mike.
I understand Wallace’s impact on a team, but for him to ask for a contract that would make him one of the top three paid receivers in the NFL is just ridiculous.
Now we know why Wallace hasn’t had much attention. The 49ers did inquire about Wallace, but weren’t willing to meet his outrageous wishes. Wallace has remained a good citizen throughout his career, but these demands have to make you worry about signing him long-term. The guy just wants his money.
Until Wallace gets hit with a dose of reality, we will not be hearing about any teams seriously considering signing him to an offer. Of course, teams can get desperate so you never know. One thing is for sure, if Wallace hits the open market next season still wanting Larry Fitzgerald money, the Steelers will let him walk out the door and hope it doesn’t hit him on the way out.