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It didn't make a whole lot of sense to do individual slides for restricted free agents. We already know a vast majority of them are retained by their original teams. With that in mind, it is important to take a look at the top restricted free agents in order to gauge where they stand.
Mike Wallace, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
To say the situation between Wallace and Pittsburgh's front office is strained would be an understatement. General Manager Kevin Colbert refused to negotiate a long-term contract with the talented receiver in the offseason. In turn, Wallace held out late into the preseason.
Pittsburgh continues to have a major negotiating chip here. Wallace will, once again, be a restricted free agent. This means any team signing him will have to give Pittsburgh a first-round pick as compensation. Depending on how Wallace performs for the remainder of the season, that might not be a really high price to pay for a contending team. I still think these two sides find a way to come together on a long-term contract in the offseason.
Victor Cruz, Wide Receiver, New York Giants
There is absolutely no way the Giants will let Cruz walk in the offseason. In fact, I envision a scenario where the two sides come to a lucrative long-term contract extension shortly after the 2012 season ends.
I understand why neither side were interested in talking about such a long-term commitment in the offseason, but the time has come for them to get something done. Heck, I don't think Eli Manning would let Cruz leave the state of New Jersey following the final team meeting without a contract in hand. I wouldn't!
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