It's rare that we go to fake Twitter accounts for our football analysis, but "FauxJohnMadden" summed up the Mike Wallace-Antonio Brown situation perfectly following Brown's big contract extension on Friday.
After the Pittsburgh Steelers cut off negotiations with Wallace on Wednesday, they focused their attention on Brown for the following two days. The Steelers gave Brown a big contract for a third-year pro drafted in the sixth round, but they know what value he has to the team. It will be a contract that looks good in the long run and sends a strong message now. The hanging question: Do the Steelers still have enough money for Wallace?
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that we should "not be surprised" if the Steelers trade Wallace. They no longer believe they can sign him to a long-term deal, Dulac wrote. Ed Bouchette of the same newspaper believes the Steelers won't sign Wallace.
A team like the Miami Dolphins or New York Jets could pony up a big package for Wallace, but we also would not be surprised if the Steelers made Wallace play on his low restricted tender. The franchise tag remains a possibility for next year, too.
Bouchette believes that a trade might be best for both sides, but Wallace still has tons of value to a 2012 Steelers team that is trying to win a title. That's why we'd guess they will keep him. The Steelers are a franchise that thinks long term, but there are only so many years left when Ben Roethlisberger is in his prime. Wallace can help them win, even if it's for only another year.