Well its not exactly a big dilemma per se, its actually a great luxury for now. But how are the Steelers going to manage to keep both Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace when their rookie contracts are up?
Its looking like the Steelers are going to have two 1000 yard receivers for only the second time in Ben's career (the other instance was the 2009 season, Holmes had 1248 and Ward had 1167). I think Wallace and Brown could easily both have 1200+ receiving yards by the end of the season, which I believe would be a first for a Steelers team. I can't think of many teams, this season or any other, that have had two receivers with elite speed like Brown and Wallace. It is already known that Wallace is the fastest player on the field basically anytime he steps on the gridiron, and Brown may very well be the second fastest player on the field when he line ups, behind only Wallace. Seeing Brown turn that 12 yard out route into a 79 yard score was a thing of beauty.
The salary cap is due to increase a significant amount in the next few seasons, but the amount of great young talent on the Steeler's roster who will demand big salaries on the open market also looks poised to increase in the next few seasons. It would be a real shame if the Steelers can't hang onto their emerging young stars. I also realize that a good amount of long time vets will be hanging up the cleats sooner rather than later. Just curious what others think of the Steelers and their roster/salary cap situation going forward. The Steelers front office surprised me, and I think alot of other readers here on BTSC with the extensions they made during the preseason, locking up a few really solid younger players on the defense, as well as insuring that #43 will most likely retire a Steeler. Will they be able to do the same with the offense? It should also be noted that coming into this week, Antonio Brown was 2nd in the NFL and 1st in the AFC in all purpose yards with 1,665. Showing he is a huge contributor to both the offense as a receiver and the special teams as the return man.