Steelers Done Negotiating With Mike Wallace?
The Pittsburgh Steelers and star wide receiver Mike Wallace have been engaged in contract negotiations, but are reportedly taking a break – permanently. The Steelers plan to stand their ground and allow Wallace to either sign his one-year tender for $2.7 million, or simply stay away from the team.
Head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media publicly on Wednesday, saying, “”We’ve been in negotiations with him. He’s not here today. It’s unfortunate for him. One thing that experience has taught me is that this is bigger than all of us. It’s bigger than Mike, it’s bigger than me, so I mean that when I say it’s unfortunate for him that he’s not here”.
Tomlin and the Steelers appear frustrated that a deal has not been worked out with their star 25-year old wide receiver, but hinted towards being done with negotiations. Tomlin seemed to turn his focus back to the team and the wide receivers that have already shown up, ready to work.
“What I’m going to do is work with Emmanuel Sanders,” Tomlin said, “Because he’s here, and be excited about doing it.”
Pittsburgh’s apparent decision to end negotiations with camp starting likely means Wallace will continue to hold out, although he could still return and sign his one-year tender in time to play in week one.
Until a deal gets done, Wallace owners and anyone drafting will be nervous about the situation. I suspect Wallace will cave before the season starts, but he could then be ill prepared like many holdout players often are when the season starts. If for some reason Wallace decided to hold out into the season, both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders would see major spikes in fantasy value.