Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace (17) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Unlikely to Use Franchise Tag; Mike Wallace To Hit Open Market

The Pittsburgh Steelers are unlikely to use the franchise tag this offseason. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert hinted at the news today during a press conference when he was very critical of the team’s roster.

“I don’t think we have too many franchise players,” Colbert said, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We’re not married to anybody.”

Colbert’s comments are good news for wide receiver Mike Wallace, who will likely become one of the most highly sought after free agents if he his he open market. After Pittsburgh committed big money to fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown, it is unlikely that they will open the checkbooks for Wallace.

Wallace is a bit of a one trick pony, but it is one trick that he excels out and it is something that every offense in the NFL could use.

The 26-year-old wide receiver is among the best deep threats in the league.

While the Steelers would like to keep Wallace on the roster, he hasn’t proven to be worth the headaches or big money that he demands.

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