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With no offers,Wallace to stay with Pittsburgh

Receiver Mike Wallace will remain with the Steelers after a midnight Friday deadline passed with no team offering the restricted free agent an offer sheet, reported.

The Steelers did not make Wallace their franchise player, which would have required them to pay him about $9.5 million for the upcoming season. Instead, they gave him a first-round tender, which meant a team would have had to give up a first-round draft pick to sign him.

The tender comes with a salary of about $2.7 million.

Wallace, who last season had team highs of 72 catches, 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns, hasn't reported to offseason workouts because he hasn't signed the tender. He has until June 15 to do so before the Steelers can cut the tender to $577,500. Steelers president Art Rooney II previously said the team wants to sign Wallace to a long-term contract.

Rams: Offensive tackle Jason Smith, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2009, restructured his contract in order to not be released, the NFL Network reported. His salary for this year was reduced from $10 million to $4.5 million. In exchange, he can be a free agent after the 2013 season, a year early than under the original deal.

Saints: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma restructured his contract to lower his salary cap number, reported. Terms were not disclosed.

Death a suicide: Police in Richmond, Va., ruled former Falcons safety Ray Easterling committed suicide on Thursday. Easterling was among seven former players who sued the NFL in August, alleging it failed to properly treat players for concussions and tried to conceal links between football and brain injuries. His wife said he suffered from depression, insomnia and dementia.

Prospect arrested: Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, projected by analysts to go in the second round of this week's draft, was arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer in Lincoln, Neb. Dennard is accused of fighting with a man outside a bar. When police tried to intervene, Dennard punched one in the face, they said.

'Hard Knocks': The Falcons declined an offer to be the subject of the HBO show that chronicles a team's training camp, the NFL Network reported.

With no offers,Wallace to stay with Pittsburgh 04/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:35pm]
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