Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweet a few morsels from Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert regarding RB Rashard Mendenhall, WR Mike Wallace, and WR Hines Ward.
Colbert articulated his skepticism with regards to Mendenhall’s ACL, noting that the team is not assuming that he’ll be back for 2012. Despite the uncertainty, Colbert doesn’t view the position a team need, which speaks to his confidence in RB Isaac Redman.
On the other hand, the Steelers view Wallace as a top-priority, though one that will not be addressed until after their cap is met. In order to accommodate these pressures, the Steelers could look to tag Wallace to protect him. The value for the franchise tag should be just under $10M.
Given that the Steelers will already have to maneuver to get under the cap, look for them to trim anywhere they can afford to. Unfortunately for Hines Ward this seems to signal a departure. While Ward has mentioned that he would accept a pay-cut in 2012, the Steelers clearly exhibit doubts about what he still offers as a pass-catcher. Despite earlier reports to the contrary, both the Steelers and Ward confirm that he has not been released.