One of the biggest stories of the NFL offseason has been the holdout of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace. Wallace is a true speed broker by NFL standards and an incredible weapon in the Steelers offensive system. Steelers fans have been sitting on pins and needles awaiting his return.
While this is unconfirmed at this time, it’s rumored that Wallace is due in Pittsburgh this weekend, and will sign his tender and report just after the Steelers third preseason game.
Once Wallace signs his offer which will pay him right at $2.7 million for this season, he will be available to practice with the team and play in the final preseason game of the year. Technically since he didn’t sign his tender by the June 15th deadline, the Steelers would have the option to cut his tender by around $2.1 million if they so choose, but we all understand that it’s a case of getting Wallace in camp and there’s no way the Steelers will cut his salary.
Obviously Wallace waiting to sign his tender was a strategic move on his part to avoid much of the work of training camp and preseason. I can’t imagine Wallace will show up to camp out of shape, and so it’ll just be a matter of reps to get him physically ready.
My Take: Wallace was an idiot to hold out. Not only was he never going to get the contract he wanted, and this was clear very early on, but with the Steelers implementing a new offensive system this year, his attendance in camp, learning was imperative. He needed to learn the verbiage, the formations, and just get on the same page as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the new playbook. I can’t see Wallace having a real impact on the team, short of a big play or two, for probably a month of the season while he gets himself acclimated to all the new of the Steelers offense.
But today is about good news as we all suspect Wallace is going to be signing his tender in the next 24-36 hours and be back in the fold for the Steelers in 2012.
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