The time has come to sell out for a Super Bowl on the Dallas Cowboys. Things aren't all set though with issue at wide receiver. Could "America's Team" package a trade for Pittsburgh Steelers holdout Mike Wallace?
Paying Mike Wallace isn't about penny-pinching for Pittsburgh. If they had the moneym, most agree they would use it to lock up one of the best young receivers in football. The problem is the Steelers don't have the money. Thanks to some new contracts for other star players, particularly the defense, the Steel City doesn't have enough for everybody. They were able to lock up their second best target in Antonio Brown for $42.5 million but that's nowhere close to what Wallace has demanded. Even the lower estimates say he wants the same money the Arizona Cardinals paid star receiver Larry Fitzgerald. That's an eight-year contract worth $120 million. The demands aren't surprising given 2011 was the best season for any AFC receiver and he made the Pro Bowl. The problem is Fitzgerald has reached six Pro Bowls, gone All-Pro four times and taken the Cardinals to within minutes of a world championship. If Wallace doesn't lower his price to something more reasonable the Pittsburgh Steelers won't have the money to sign him. Without a new deal, Wallace could hold out into the regular season. He becomes a free agent next season. Pittsburgh may have to trade him if it comes to that.
Cowboys have serious concerns about Dez Bryant and Miles Austin
While several teams have eyes for a talent like Wallace, one team that sits under the radar is the Dallas Cowboys. They don't lack players who can play receiver but their two stars both have major red flags going into a pivotal season. Top target Dez Bryant got arrested for DUI, adding to a long list of arrests since he got drafted. Teammate Miles Austin doesn't have those problems but does have a history of injuries that make him a wild card headed into the season. Austin told reporters he and Bryant know how some are questioning them but believes that all shouldn't matter once the season starts. They have to keep work and personal life separate. That isn't so easy for team ready for a Super Bowl run but losing time fast. Adding someone like Wallace could put an already good offense over the top. The Cowboys have the money to pay him and the trade bait in Austin to interest Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't interested in trading Mike Wallace yet. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are the clear starters for the Cowboys. However, anyone who knows the NFL knows it changes in the blink of an eye. One must wait and see.