Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace is one of two players who have not reported to their team’s camp (and is not holding out). Wallace wants a long-term deal to replace his non-guaranteed tender worth $2.742 million, and he has skipped the Steelers’ OTAs, minicamp and the first nine practices of training camp.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told KDKA-FM that there’s been no contact between the two sides.
“Yeah there’s really no contact,” Colbert said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “Mike knows where things stand. The next step for him really is to report and to sign his tender, and until that happens, there won’t be anything else. And if that happens, nobody knows where it will go from there.
“So that’s where it is and has been, and hopefully it comes to an end sooner rather than later because it will be good for us, but it will also be good for Mike.”
One option that is not on the table, however, is a trade, a scenario that quickly was shot down.
“No, Mike’s not available (in a trade),” Colbert said. “We have as big a need for a big-play receiver as anybody. We want him to be here and Mike wants to be here long term. So he’s not available.”
It looks as though the Steelers are not budging from their position and neither is Wallace. However, this always seems to be the case around this time of the year. Once the season gets closer and both sides see the regular season approaching, someone will cave.