All offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Mike Wallace have been participating in a stare-down contest, waiting to see who would be the first to blink in regards to agreeing on a long-term deal. Well it seems as if the Steelers are going to win this contest, recently stating that they won’t discuss any negotiations until Wallace signs his tender offer of $2.7 million and reports to training camp.
The Pro Bowl receiver was a no-show for the opening day of camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA on Wednesday.
Despite the stalemate between the two parties, Wallace is fortunate that he will not be fined by the organization for not showing up to camp, reason being is that he isn’t under contract. Furthermore, the fourth-year receiver should be happy to hear that his tender offer won’t be reduced.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert definitely won’t budge and is willing to move on this season without Wallace if need be. It has also been made very clear that any previous offers that were presented to Wallace have been taken away. Pittsburgh has already placed Emmanuel Sanders in his place on offense.
Wallace has no chance to win this debate with Pittsburgh’s front office. He still may decide not to show up for another week or so, but that would only hurt him and his chances of getting acclimated to offensive coordinator Todd Haley and his playbook. Yes I know that Wallace has the new playbook in hand, but there is a huge difference in taking mental reps and actually being on the practice field.
I won’t be surprised if Wallace actually shows up, and mysteriously has an injury that may keep him off the practice field. I think that Wallace will decide not to practice until he has his long-term deal.
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