The Pittsburgh Steelers can finally put an issue to bed that’s dragged on all offseason long: star wide receiver Mike Wallace plans on ending his holdout and reporting to training camp tomorrow, according to his teammates.
“Two teammates tell me Mike Wallace is/will be on a plane to Pittsburgh tonight and reporting to the Steelers tomorrow,” Aditi Kinkhabwala said.
In his absence, Antonio Brown has been developing a great rapport with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but Wallace is an incredible talent who opens things up for the Steelers. He is one of, if not the, top deep threat in the game. His yards per reception dropped a bit last year as the Steelers asked him to expand his role, but in 2010 he averaged an incredible 21 yards per catch.
With Hines Ward retiring, the Steelers turn to Wallace and Brown to make up the tough plays Ward made on a daily basis.
Wallace was holding out for a long-term contract, but the Steelers insisted they would not negotiate a deal until he reported and he refused to report until they extended him. It led to the Mexican stand-off we saw over the summer and it appears that the Steelers won this battle. Wallace knows he’s important to this team, but it was never a question of him missing time in the regular season.
He was not about to miss those game checks.
With Wallace back, the Steelers will keep one of the top receiving duos in the league together. Both Brown and Wallace had more than 1,100 yards in 2011.
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