It has been two weeks since the Pittsburgh Steelers have reported to St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA for training camp, and still there is no Mike Wallace in attendance. Contact between Wallace and the Steelers organization has come to a screeching halt ever since the Steelers made it known that no negotiations about a long-term deal for the Pro Bowl receiver will take place until he shows up and signs his $2.7 million restricted free-agent tender offer.
Wallace’s lack of interest in the tender offered to him may have caused unwanted tension between himself and head coach Mike Tomlin, and the rest of the organization, even though some players have reached out to Wallace in attempts to get him back on the practice field.
Training camp ends on August 18th, and it is highly doubtful that the four-year veteran will not report to camp with less than a week and a half left.
With Pittsburgh’s first preseason game this week versus the Philadelphia Eagles, this can open the door for the seven other receivers on the roster to possibly step in the place of Wallace. Furthermore, the possibility of general manager Kevin Colbert signing a veteran free-agent receiver isn’t too far fetched either.
Colbert has made it loud and clear that trading Wallace at any point in the 2012 NFL season is not an option. The team’s leading receiver from last season only has two options: either to sign the tender and play, or to sit out the 2012 season.
It is evident that the Steelers want Wallace to be a part of the team this year. Whether Wallace wants to be a part of the team is the question.
Time is definitely not on Wallace’s side. If he really wants to play football this season, he needs to sign the tender as soon as possible. If he doesn’t, then the Steelers will move on without him with no hesitation.
They’ve done it before, and they will do it again.
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