Just heard on ESPN radio.
Just heard on ESPN radio.
Source: Wallace to return to Steelers this weekend
August 21, 2012 12:57 pm
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers expect that Mike Wallace will arrive back in Pittsburgh this weekend and sign his one-year contract after they return from their third preseason game in Buffalo, multiple sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Steelers play Saturday night in Buffalo. Presumably Wallace would be eligible to play in their final preseason game against Carolina Aug. 30 at Heinz Field, but whether he will or not remains unknown. The Steelers have off on Sunday after their game against Buffalo and will have only two real days of practice before they finish up the preseason against the Panthers.
However, reporting this weekend would give the Pro Bowl wide receiver two weeks to practice and prepare for the regular-season opener in Denver Sept. 9. It also could reopen negotiations on a multiple-year deal between Wallace and the Steelers, talks that ended when he did not report for the start of training camp July 25. The Steelers have a long-standing policy of not negotiating contracts once the regular-season begins. So if Wallace signs his one-year tender Sunday or Monday, it would give them less than two weeks to work on a multiple-year deal with him.
Those negotiations had been ongoing after no other team made him a contract offer as a restricted free agent, a period that ended in April. Wallace's rights then reverted back to the Steelers exclusively, but he has not yet signed the one-year tender of $2.742 million they offered him. After Wallace declined to sign it and did not report to camp, the Steelers turned to another wide receiver, Antonio Brown. Their 2011 team MVP agreed to a six-year, $42.5 million contract just two days into training camp.
Still being a jerk. Why wait until this weekend. Is that his last desperate act of defiance?
I still want his talent, but I have lost a lot of respect for Wallace because of this futile little drama he has been playing. Without a doubt I question his judgement and common sense going forward.
Is there a 3 day rule for Wallace? The new street free agents and the PUP list crew had to wait 3 days from when they were signed/activated until the could practice. I've never heard of that applying to holdouts, but the timing would make sense.
Not until I see him holding a Lombardi over his head after catching the game winning TD. He has just been too much of a jerk through this for no reason at all. He accomplished nothing except falling behind learning the new offense. Sure he didn't get injured but he never did before either and guess what he is coming back to play for exactly the tender that was on the table 6-8 weeks ago...not a penny more.
Report: Mike Wallace to sign contract this weekend, return to team
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace will end his holdout and report to the team this weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The Steelers play Saturday night in Buffalo against the Bills and play in their final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Aug. 30 in Pittsburgh.
Wallace had a one-year tender of $2.742 million that the Steelers offered him but Wallace has said he is looking for a long-term deal. While Wallace held out, the Steelers signed wideout Antonio Brown to a six-year, $42.5 million contract.
Wallace made his first Pro Bowl last season after catching 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns.
Sounds like more games of cat and mouse to me.