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Steelers Wallace could sweeten free-agent WR options

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Steelers Wallace could sweeten free-agent WR options

Hines Ward may not be the only Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver worth more than a casual look by the receivers-light Bears.

Indeed, the Bears undoubtedly have done ample background due diligence not only on Ward, but also on a bigger Pittsburgh prospect: speed receiver Mike Wallace.

Adam Schefter over at ESPN.com reports that the Steelers are not expected to use their franchise tag to secure Wallace, a restricted free agent who will be among the top options on more than a few personnel boards.

The tag for wideouts is expected to be about 9.5 million, a heavy price for the Steelers who are nowhere near the cap-loose Bears.

The tender offer will be less than 2.8 million for giving the Steelers the option of matching an offer to Wallace or receive a first-round draft choice in compensation.

Wallace, 25, emerged as one of the NFLs top speed receivers with 72 catches last season and eight touchdowns. He hasnt missed a game in three seasons with reception totals of 39 and 60 before last year.

If theres a negative, its that Wallace is 6-feet tall, not the taller wideout the Bears and everyone else craves. Wallace also was a third-round draft choice by the Steelers, taken 14 picks after the Bears selected Earl Bennett.

Signing Wallace, assuming the anticipated first-round tender, would cost the Bears their No. 1 as well as a multi-year deal for more than the 30 million they spent in 2005 for Muhsin Muhammed.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: What are Bears' chances against Panthers?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: What are Bears' chances against Panthers?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Laurence Holmes (670 The Score) and Phil Rogers (MLB.com) join Kap on the panel.

The crew discusses Bobby Portis’ suspension, Edzo’s return to the booth and the Bears' chances against the Panthers. 

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