The Pittsburgh Steelers and Mike Wallace remain deadlocked over the Pro-Bowl wide receiver’s contract situation, putting Wallace’s training camp participation in jeopardy.
The Sports Xchange’s Len Pasquarelli reported Friday that the two sides have made “no progress” and are barely even negotiating Wallace’s contract dispute. Wallace has held himself out of all official Steelers activities this offseason as the start of training camp looms. Players report to camp on July 25.
Earlier this offseason, the Steelers offered the restricted free agent Wallace a one-year, $2.7 million first-round tender, meaning that any other team interested would have to give up a first-round draft pick to the Steelers. No other team offered him a contract, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in April that Wallace wouldn’t sign the tender “until he has to.”
The Steelers could have cut down their offer by about $2 million on June 15 since Wallace did not sign the tender, but they chose not to reduce the tender. The Steelers have said that Wallace remains in the team’s long-term plans, but the two sides appear far apart on how much he’s worth to keep him in Pittsburgh.
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal expects negotiations will pick up as training camp gets closer.
Deadlines spur action, and the next deadline for the Steelers and Wallace is the start of training camp. We wouldn’t expect there to be much negotiating until the days leading up to camp. That’s just how negotiations like these usually go.
The 25-year-old Wallace is one of the best young wide receivers in the NFL. He caught 72 passes last season for 1,193 yards (a 16.6 yards-per-catch average) and eight touchdowns.