Welcome Back to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Wallace!
So Wallace, I assume, made the conscious choice to protect himself. His investment in himself and not put his body and his future at risk. I can never fault a guy for that. The value of the preseason, when weighed against the potential harm, seems to be so skewed in the wrong direction. There has to be a fix for this. I’m sure Wallace figured out fairly quickly it was sign the tender or not play. But why not hold out? Let’s not kid ourselves, the offense the Steelers are running now is not overly complicated and Wallace already has a nice rapport with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, so it’s not a matter of reps. I won’t be at all surprised if more and more players do this very thing, just to keep themselves out of harms way.
What will the return of Wallace mean for the Steelers offense? Adding Wallace along with fellow deep threat Antonio Brown and speedy rookie running back Chris Rainey is mean the Steelers have the fastest core of skill players in the league. This team is going to have problems with both the offensive line and the running game due to injuries, so Roethilsberger is going to lean heavily on the passing game and Wallace is of course his favorite target. Wallace is one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the NFL and I’m excited to have him back in the fold.