Here is what you need to know to crank up the new week:
Wallace is not coming to the Redskins
Yesterday my Twitter timeline was peppered with inquiries about a “rumor” that Mike Wallace was going to be traded from the Steelers to the Redskins. Let me repeat what I said then:
There is no “rumor”, “talk” or even “buzz” of a possible trade of Wallace to Washington. There is only “something made up out of thin air”.
As of right now, the Steelers have no plans of trading Wallace. They have no reason to do so. This is a team that is getting older and their proverbial window is closing. They need all hands on deck to make a Super Bowl run and they need Wallace.
Shopping the waiver wire at right tackle
Another question I’ve been seeing directed to @Rich_Tandler is whether or not the Redskins will be looking to sign a free agent right tackle with Jammal Brown out indefinitely. Here are the top five free agent tackles available per Adam Caplan:
McNeill missed the last seven games of the 2011 season with a neck injury. McKenzie is relatively healthy but he’s 33 and not a good zone fit. Clifton is 36 and missed 10 games with injuries last year. Pashos, 32, missed four games last year with injuries and had foot surgery in March. Andrews’ season ended early last year due to blood clots in his lungs.
So the top options are older than Brown and, with the exception of McKenzie, not necessarily any healthier than Brown. And they might be looking for more than minimum contracts, an issue for a team that is scraping up close to its reduced salary cap number. It's the proverbial waiver wire from hell.
It would be a mistake to rule anything out but for right now it looks like Tyler Polumbus, Mo Hurt, and Willie Smith are better options.
In case you missed it
The Redskins were off yesterday but we weren’t. There were some solid observations about Dez Briscoe and Jammal Brown in the N2K, Tarik had a good look at Barry Cofield and it looks like we missed Roy Helu Jr.’s Super Bowl guarantee.
Days until: Preseason opener @ Bills 10; RG3 vs. Luck @ FedEx Field 26; final cuts 33; Redskins @ Saints 41; home opener vs. Bengals 55