Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said today that the team hopes to keep wide receiver Mike Wallace in Pittsburgh, according to ProFootballTalk.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure Mike Wallace remains a Pittsburgh Steeler.” Colbert told ProFootballTalk, “And I think that’s Mike’s hope as well. Usually when you have two parties that share the same goal, it’s easier to achieve that goal.”
Colbert indicated that there will be more roster cuts and restructuring in the salary cap so that the team can afford Wallace’s franchise number.
“We want to make sure Mike can finish his career with the Steelers. I’m very confident that Mike wants to finish his career with the Steelers and play with a great quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger. . . . We think he’s only scratched the surface in what he can do,” said Colbert.
Wallace has been with the team since his rookie season in 2009. He has been to one Pro-Bowl and won one AFC Championship with the Steelers. In 2009 he led the NFL in average yards per reception with 19.4. This past season he had 72 receptions for 1,193 yards and scored eight touchdowns. Throughout his career with the Steelers he has had 181 receptions for 3,206 yards and has scored 24 total touchdowns.