The free agent frenzy began today, and the lucky winners in the Mike Wallace Sweepstakes just so happened to be the Miami Dolphins. Wallace signed a five year deal with $30 million guaranteed. The Dolphins have plenty of room under the salary cap and were willing to pay a lot of money for a dude to run fast and possibly catch the ball. Best of luck to Mike and to whichever Steeler receiver steps up and decides to catch the damn ball next season.
The Steelers, for their part, are not known for making waves in free agency. They continued this legacy today by sticking to re-signing veterans. Linebacker Larry Foote agreed to a multi-year deal with the Steelers. Just a few days ago the Steelers parted ways with James Harrison, so apparently now is not the time to retool half the starting linebacker corp.
Sources are reporting that the Steelers plan on re-signing Plaxico Burress to a one-year deal at the veteran minimum.
But wait, there’s more! The Steelers also re-signed guard Ramon Foster to a three-year deal. The offensive line had plenty of injury issues last season, but hopefully there will be some consistency in the starting line-up next season. Please?
What’s that? You want even more? Well, how about the fact that the Steelers tendered offers to four restricted free agents. Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Steve McLendon, and Emmanuel Sanders are all expected to sign their tenders. Hopefully with minimal contract drama.