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    Steelers' Rooney on Wallace: 'He should be here'

    Steelers' Rooney on Wallace: 'He should be here'

    June 13, 2012
    By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



    Steelers president Art Rooney II has a message for Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Wallace, who is absent from the team's three-day minicamp.

    "He should be here," Rooney said today after the team concluded its morning workout.

    The Steelers have until Friday to either reduce or pull the one-year, $2.7 million offer they tendered Wallace as a restricted free agent. The team is not expected to do that, though, and will continue to try to sign him to a long-term contract.

    However, there has been little, if any, movement in negotiations.

    Coach Mike Tomlin said he isn't worried about Wallace missing the conditioning aspect of the offseason training activities and minicamp. But he also said he would prefer that his fourth-year receiver be here with the rest of his teammates.

    "Mike has always been guy who's in tip top condition over a 12-month calendar since we had him," Tomlin said. "He's a sharp guy. I'm sure he's working at the learning element of it. But there's no substitute for being here and being around your teammates and learning the nuances and learning from other people's mistakes."

    "It's probably short-term misery. Hopefully there will be some closure to this and it will be in our rear view mirror. Right now, he'd be better served if he were here working."

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    reduce that tender ASAP!!!!

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    It's that damn lawyer speaking again.

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    He's a free agent Mr. II. He doesn't have to sign.

    So STFU and get to work on the negotiations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash View Post
    He's a free agent Mr. II. He doesn't have to sign.
    He does if he wants to enter free agency...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    He does if he wants to enter free agency...
    Not true, the Steelers could tag him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash View Post
    Not true, the Steelers could tag him.
    If he sits out the entire season, the Steelers won't even need to tag him...they can just tender him again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    If he sits out the entire season, the Steelers won't even need to tag him...they can just tender him again...
    He's not going to sit all year, he'll show up at the last possible week, sign his tender, and get credit for the season.

    So they either tag him, or they let him go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash View Post
    He's a free agent Mr. II. He doesn't have to sign.

    So STFU and get to work on the negotiations.
    You always demand context and that we listen to the whole interview when you are defending a statement made by Ben. For the sake of consistency, I would expect the same from you in this situation.

    Also, ARII does not handle contract negotations. I'm sure he has to give ultimate approval (and, since it's his team, that is certainly reasonable) but this is the realm of Kahn and Colbert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq View Post
    You always demand context and that we listen to the whole interview when you are defending a statement made by Ben. For the sake of consistency, I would expect the same from you in this situation
    Saying that a free agent "should be here" is wrong. He shouldn't say that when all Wallace is doing is exercising right as a free agent per the CBA agreement. What he should say is "I understand the business side of this process, we hope to have Mike back with us soon".

    Art II doesn't handle most PLAYER contracts. But he was the reason Bill Cowher quit after 2006.

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