The Steelers have tendered offers to six players: wide receiver Mike Wallace, cornerback Keenan Lewis, tight end David Johnson, safety Ryan Mundy, and guards Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster. The tenders give the Steelers the right to match offers should any of those players elect to sign offer sheets with other teams.
The key player here, obviously, is Wallace, whose situation has been discussed many times here and elsewhere. The Steelers aren’t really able to give Wallace the franchise tag, due to their salary-cap concerns, so they’re placing a first-round tender on Wallace (the other five players apparently received lower tenders, in which, if the Steelers lost a player, they would receive a pick in that player’s draft round), and are gambling that the price of signing Wallace and giving up a first-round pick will be too high for other teams to pay. They may turn out to be right about that, and the chances look good that Wallace will be back with the Steelers next season.
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