I disagree that wallace would be welcomed back with open arms at this point. The bitterness has been amplified to the point, its better for both sides to part ways.
Wallace is being judged not necessarily for his play on the field, but for our percieved 'value' of him.
He is not dropping any more passes than any other WR on this team (save for Miller, of course), yet he is roundly critisised for every drop while Sanders & Brown are not recieving anywhere near the same level. We hear that Wallace is underperforming, yet he outstrips every other WR as far as production this season. He doesn't 'put in any effort', yet his production outperforms his peers.
Last week- 2 TD's & 100+ yards & he 'did his job', no 'he had a good game'.... but Brown doesn't top 100+ yards & we don't say "Brown underperformed". Seems fair & reasonable judgement by those on the board, doesn't it?
At the risk of obtaining Oviedo's ire & turning into a "Wallace lover"- he is our best WR. What's his value? Hs value is whatever it takes to retain him. They'll be poorer if they lose him- which they will, it would seem.
Wallace is on track for his 3rd 1000+ yard season. Brown is not even on track for his 2nd. Brown & Sanders are putting the ball on the deck with regularity these last few weeks- not Wallace.
Let's be fair- Mendenhall was a healthy inactive after he fumbled twice as punishment. It must be Brown's turn to sit as a healthy inactive this week, right?
As our brother from Toronto pointed out, Hines' holdout was completely forgiven and forgotten my most fans, who came to truly love the guy (well, except for Crash, but that's another story), and Hines' holdout was a much more egregious offense (since he refused to show up in spite of having a contract that he signed, while Wallace had no such signed contract in place).
Speaking of Mike Wallace, I just found out for the first time that Michael is actually his middle name. His actually given name is Burnell Wallace III.
Now tell me...if your name was Burnell Michael Wallace III, and you had his elite level speed, would you use the same name as the old man from 60 Minutes, or would you call yourself Burn Wallace?
In order to truly turn over a leaf with fans, dude needs to come back with a fresh start...a name change (only he would be changing his name back to his actual real name, not some stupid made up crap like Ochocinco or Metta World Peace or Bison Dele or whatever). The stipulation for bringing him back would be to sign on the dotted line as Burn Wallace, not Mike Wallace. Steeler fans hate Mike Wallace. Steeler fans can still grow to love all that Burn Wallace can bring.
Of course, since RG3 has blown up, he could always forget the Bugatti thing and just call himself BMW3 instead. After all, the 3-Series of Beemers is compact and fast. Perfect marketing campaign.
Every now & then we get an insight into the inner workings of Ruthless' mind.
Wallace has 63 catches for 823 yards and 8 TD's and he is despised by fans.
Meanwhile, Heath Miller has 68 catches for 771 yards and 8 TD's and he's beloved.
For how dysfunctional our offense has looked this of late, I would hate to see how much worse it would get if subtracted Wallace's production (not to mention his tendency to draw extra coverage his way which opens up opportunities for others), and we were left with just Brown and Sanders as starters (particularly with their propensity for coughing the ball up lately).
Consider the combined production of Brown and Sanders this year...100 catches for 1253 yards and 4 TD's...in 25 combined games played. Wallace's best season by himself...in 16 games...was 60 catches for 1257 yards and 10 TD's. Even with Brown finally catching TD's in back-to-back games in the last 2 weeks, Wallace still, in a down year for him statistically, in an offense which does not suit his talents to a 'T', and without any OTA's, minicamps, or training camps, he still has twice as many TD catches this season as Brown and Sanders combined.