While I am certainly not a Wallace hater I am very unhappy with his decisions leading us into this mess. I am also very unhappy with the front office for not reducing his tender when they had the chance. This whole situation is about money, so what is a better motivator than making Mike face the prospect of losing money. I am not just talking losing money for one year, I am talking about a cut in the earnings he will bring in over his entire career. The Steelers have reportedly offered him 5 yr 50 mill. There is a recent report I saw on rotoworld that Mike now wants "V-jax money" which is 5 yr 55 mill. While these are unsubstantiated media reports, I think most of us agree these numbers seem within the realm of likelihood (unlike "Fitz money"). Say he reports and signs his 2.7 mill tender, playing out the season then moving on to what he thinks will be "greener pastures." He then gets his 55, making 57.7 mill over 6 years, after which he will be 32. I think we can all agree that another large contract is not likely at this point, and he is going to take a large pay cut, especially considering how heavily his game relies on his speed. Now comparing to the Steelers' offer of 50 over 5 he will end up on the plus side if he gets 2.7 this year and 55 from some other team, UNLESS he somehow manages to get some suckers (won't be us) to pay a 32 year old speed receiver 7.7 million after sticking with us for 5. I say the chances of that are about as close to zero as you can get. Now, If the Steelers had cut his tender to the 570k when they had the chance then the number Wallace needs to pull in the sixth year to break even is a much more reasonable 5.6 million. The Steelers gave Hines a 5.4 million a year extension in his age 33 season. If they wanted to wrap him up long-term, why not give him every incentive to sign on the dotted line? After all, as all of his supporters continuously bring up, this is "just business."