Amid increasing talk that he could leave Pittsburgh, soon-to-be free agent receiver Mike Wallace says he wants to remain with the Steelers. But in the next breath, he acknowledges it’s entirely possible he’ll leave.
Wallace said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s not sure if it will be possible for the Steelers to keep him.
“[Pittsburgh is] where I would like to be, but we all know that it is a business and you have certain things you have to handle,” Wallace said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “So if I have to go elsewhere, you know Pittsburgh will always be in my heart, but I have to do what I have to do.”
Wallace is a restricted free agent, and the cap-strapped Steelers aren’t expected to use the franchise tag to hold onto him. That means another team can sign Wallace away for the price of a first-round pick. Wallace said the Steelers and his agent, Bus Cook, are working on getting a deal done before the free agency period starts, but that doesn’t sound likely.
“Yeah, we are talking, but I don`t know how far they are going to get right now because of the situation,” Wallace said. “I know that they are working hard trying to take care of it, but I don`t know. We’ll see.”
What we’re likely to see is Wallace testing the market in three weeks, and signing an offer sheet from another team that the Steelers just can’t afford to match.