Report: Steelers’ Mike Wallace Wants Long-Term Deal, Considers Holdout
Mike Wallace won’t be playing anywhere but Pittsburgh in 2012, as the Friday deadline has come and gone for the restricted free agent to receive an offer sheet from another team. But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wallace is mulling a holdout — he’s prepared to sit out the Steelers’ offseason drills and even miss the start of training camp.
A source told Schefter that Wallace says he won’t sign his first-round tender “until he has to,” meaning he may well miss some or all of camp.
Wallace is unhappy with the $2.7 million tender he’s received and would like to work out a long-term deal for more money; Steelers president Art Rooney II also wants Wallace long-term, but the two sides haven’t been able to agree on a contract.
Wallace caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He was named a Pro Bowler for the first time.