The Dallas Cowboys were sky-high on their playoffs hope right up until one of their star receivers got arrested. With a suspension looming, could the Pittsburgh Steelers commit highway robbery by trading them Mike Wallace?
Cowboys could lose Dez Bryant because of domestic violence charge
It's not a good sign for a team aiming for a Super Bowl that their best offensive player gets arrested. It's bad enough when the charge is DUI or marijuana possession, however, star Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant took it a step further with his already colorful history when he got arrested for domestic violence. Details are unclear about what happened so far but this incident adds to two lawsuits he dealt with last year for $800,000 in unpaid bills. A few media outlets in the Dallas area have already demanded a stiff punishment to send a message. While Bryant has a history of finding trouble he hasn't gotten deep into hot water with multiple arrests. So a lengthy suspension for repeat offenses would become hard for the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys. At the same time the rash of arrests during the 2012 offseason may need Commissioner Roger Goodell to set an example. People find that players hear the message loud and clear when it's a star getting the axe. If Bryant does get suspended it could leave their offense without a critical piece. In an already rough opening schedule they can't afford the loss. Would owner Jerry Jones consider a big move to replace him during that time?
Ben Roethlisberger wants Wallace back from NFL holdout
One player Cowboys fan have had an eye on sits in the AFC. The Pittsburgh Steelers have tried for months to get a long-term deal done with Pro Bowl receiver Mike Wallace but salary cap issues and high demands have made that too hard. Wallace is the only restricted free agent left to not sign his franchise tender contract. With the negotiations stalled he has elected to exercise his right to holdout from returning to the team. This isn't good news for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers will already have a hard time with their offense in 2012 without worrying about if Wallace will play. They have a new offense to learn under coÃ¶rdinator Todd Haley and their offensive line could start two rookies this season. Worst of all, their running back situation is a mess with starter Rashard Mendenhall already out for the start of the season. Losing Wallace only makes things harder. That's why Steelers fans have wondered if their team might launch an NFL trade to ship him elsewhere. The Dallas problems offer a great opportunity. Wallace would likely get on board because of the warm weather climate in Texas and the indoor stadium. The Cowboys also have the money to pay him. Best of all the threat of suspension may make them just desperate enough to give Pittsburgh a haul in return, whether its draft picks or select players.
Ben Roethlisberger hasn't changed his stance on Mike Wallace but maybe the Pittsburgh Steelers should. The Dallas Cowboys need Dez Bryant to win an NFL championship. If he's gone for a good stretch of time from suspension then they need a Plan B.