June 19, 2024

Mason Rudolph, the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has expressed his desire to be re-signed in a very public manner. However, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic claimed on February 6 that, in an ideal world, the Steelers would also sign Levi Wallace, the cornerback, again.

Mark Kaboly's face Steelers steals the show during postgame

Kaboly ranked Wallace the No. 2 free agent the Steelers would most like to re-sign. Rudolph was No. 1.

“The Steelers would love to have Wallace back

That claim made sense in light of what ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported in January regarding Wallace and the Steelers.

Fowler noted, “Wallace has been a solid starter over two years in Pittsburgh, producing six interceptions and 12 pass breakups since 2022. The Steelers’ free agency class is not star-studded.” “He could stay there for an additional two years, getting closer to free agency,” I said.

Wallace is the only free agent signed by Pittsburgh this offseason who started nine or more games in 2023, to address Fowler’s claim.

For a two-year contract, Spotrac estimated Wallace’s market value to be $11.88 million. The seasoned cornerback would receive an average yearly salary of $5.9 million under such a contract.

Is CB Levi Wallace Something the Pittsburgh Steelers Could Bring Back?
The Steelers would really like to have Wallace on the roster in 2024, according to Kaboly. Kaboly did not anticipate that Omar Khan, the general manager, would give the experienced cornerback first priority.

“Surely [Wallace is] not at the top of their free-agent priority list even after a season in which he started nine games and played in 16, logging 69 percent of the defensive snaps,” Kaboly wrote. “With the emergence of Joey Porter Jr. as the clear No. 1 cornerback, the Steelers have the luxury to experiment with their No. 2 guy.”

Kaboly predicts the Steelers “snooping around free agency” for younger players with greater potential rather than signing Wallace right away.

Analysts have linked cornerbacks L’Jarius Sneed and Jaylon Johnson to the Steelers. Both may be available for free this offseason.

The Steelers don’t have a lot of cap space to deal with before 2024, even if they become available.

Should the Steelers not find another option, they could then circle back to re-sign Wallace.

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