Mike Wallace still a Steeler: Today is the deadline to sign restricted free-agent tenders, and at this point, it looks like Wallace will be staying in the Steel City. Teams who want to sign him would have to part with a first-round draft pick, not to mention negotiate a pretty large contract with the talented wideout. I also don’t see the Steelers dealing away their top option in the pass attack, especially with Hines Ward retired and Rashard Mendenhall (ACL surgery) in danger of missing the start of the season. In fantasy terms, this is a good move for Wallace’s value. He has a great rapport with Ben Roethlisberger, and new OC Todd Haley will no doubt, utilize his speed and athletic ability in the offense. Wallace, who has posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, is a good bet to come off the board in the third round in drafts.
Sidney Rice to be healthy: Seahawks GM John Schneider told the Seattle Times that Rice (shoulder surgeries, concussions) will be the healthiest he’s ever been as an NFL player in time for training camp. However, he will not take part in offseason minicamps. Regardless, Rice is someone to avoid as anything more than a No. 3 fantasy wideout – and even that might be too much. He’s horribly prone to injuries, and his one outstanding fantasy season came with future Hall of Famer Brett Favre under center. While the addition of Matt Flynn should help his value a bit, Rice is just too much of a risk to lean on in a prominent role – at least until (or if) he proves he can avoid the trainer’s room.
Romo won’t play in U.S. Open: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Tony Romo will not attempt to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Open golf championship. The Cowboys quarterback and new dad has talked about focusing 100 percent on football, and this appears to be part of that commitment. Love him or hate him, Romo is coming off a solid 2011 season that saw him post the best passer rating of his career. He’s also the one “big-name” signal-caller who hasn’t had a true breakout season like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford since NFL rules changed to favor the position. Look for Romo to come off the board in rounds 3 or 4.