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Steelers' Mike Wallace lack of production could hurt his value

Gregory Shamus

For the entire offseason and most of training camp, Pittsburgh Steelers nation was caught in the drama surrounding the hold out of wide receiver Mike Wallace, who eventually ended it by signing a one-year, $2.7 million tender with two weeks remaining in the preseason.

Almost three months later, the topic about Wallace's future with the Steelers has resurfaced; however, this time it is not about what the four-year wide receiver has done for the team, but what he hasn't done (via Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times).

Wallace has hardly been a factor. Here are his stats in the last three games:

* Three catches, 14 yards, 1 TD vs. the Chiefs.

* Four catches, 24 yards vs. the Ravens.

* One catch, 9 yards vs. the Browns.

Wallace accounted for more yards on that 51-yard TD against the Giants than he has in the past three games.

Wallace's lack of production could hurt his value when it comes to offseason contract negotiations. Last season, Wallace had the leverage of being a Pro Bowl wide receiver. This season, Wallace will not have that kind of leverage.

The Steelers would likely love for Wallace's production to increase, as it would help them win more games and possibly make the playoffs, but his current value could help the team resigning him at a more favorable price.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.