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Mike Wallace still has no plans to sign tender

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported before the draft that Steelers receiver Mike Wallace wouldn’t sign his one-year restricted free agent tender “until he has to.”

While the Steelers have hoped to sign Wallace to a long-term deal, there has been no progress on that front. Schefter reiterated on NFL Live Tuesday that it “may be awhile” before the Steelers see Wallace at club headquarters, and Wallace won’t sign the tender “until he absolutely has to.”

The time for teams to poach restricted free agents has passed, but the Steelers now have to worry about Wallace missing OTA and minicamp action as they install a revised offense under new coordinator Todd Haley.

The Steelers have several upcoming offseason activities, and it doesn’t sound like Wallace is likely to attend any of them.

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44 Responses to “Mike Wallace still has no plans to sign tender”
  1. degehring says: May 15, 2012 4:27 PM

    Contrast this guy with Wes Welker. Give me Wes any day.

  2. TSizzleBallSoHard says: May 15, 2012 4:27 PM

    Good job Mike! Hold out for that money!!

  3. seanx40 says: May 15, 2012 4:29 PM

    Isn’t the tender offer for WR’s something like $9-10 million? I would sign that. And look forward to unrestricted free agency next year.

  4. rooneyruleblues says: May 15, 2012 4:29 PM

    At the Steelers facility Big Ben thinks “OTA”stands for “Only Teens Allowed”. Someone better send him a memo.

  5. shotgunformation5wide says: May 15, 2012 4:34 PM

    This is what’s known as the “Shakedown”! After Decastro and Spencer are signed …. Mike will get the rest-o-the-pie. Book IT!

    GO STEELERS!!!

  6. eastsideballa says: May 15, 2012 4:35 PM

    Message to Steeler Fans: The Pittsburgh Steelers won 4 superbowl’s NOT 6. The immaculate reception or more commonly referred to as the “Immaculate Deception” by football historians, should not have counted, why? Look it up. As for SuperBowl XL, everyone including you’re mom knows the Seahawks won. So in conclusion if I hadn’t driven the point in well enough…(6-2)=4. Four. Four Superbowls, and that is the number of the day kids!

  7. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2012 4:39 PM

    Dumb move Mike Wallace.

    Missing all this work will put him far behind everyone else, then he risks having a bad season, which will translate into mediocre contract offers once he hits free agency.

    Lesson 1 – do NOT become the prototypical “diva” WR Mike, they never work out

    Lesson 2 – you are on a winning team, get the best deal that you can but stay with the Steelers. If you leave, there is no coming back to the Steel City.

    Lesson 3 – No one wanted you as a RFA, next year there will be better competition at WR in free agency, and if you have a bad season then you better not complain about the consequences.

  8. andrewproughcfe says: May 15, 2012 4:40 PM

    “The Steelers have several upcoming offseason activities, and it doesn’t sound like Wallace is likely to attend any of them.”

    =================

    So, what you are saying is that Antonio Brown is making an even bigger payday for himself than he did by blowing past Wallace last season?

    What’s Wallace going to end up on the depth chart this year – 3rd behind Brown and Sanders? Fourth behind Brown, Sanders and Cotchery?

  9. jpb12 says: May 15, 2012 4:43 PM

    He’s going to have a horrible year which will affect him in free agency

  10. redguy12588 says: May 15, 2012 4:44 PM

    Before free agency, you guys were 100% sure that someone would poach Wallace, now you’re just reiterating something that Schefter said a month ago. All the while, Wallace hasn’t said a damn thing. Wonder how much time goes by before we hear that the Steelers and Wallace are close to a long term deal.

  11. naanunaanu says: May 15, 2012 4:44 PM

    this isn’t like one of those “the guys gets injured and the games is misses a good guy”.

    this is a case of a DIVA acting like a Diva, grab a snickers dude and chive on.

    by the way: Ravens are gonna own the Steelers again this year!

  12. redguy12588 says: May 15, 2012 4:45 PM

    eastsideballa says:
    May 15, 2012 4:35 PM
    Message to Steeler Fans: The Pittsburgh Steelers won 4 superbowl’s NOT 6. The immaculate reception or more commonly referred to as the “Immaculate Deception” by football historians, should not have counted, why? Look it up. As for SuperBowl XL, everyone including you’re mom knows the Seahawks won. So in conclusion if I hadn’t driven the point in well enough…(6-2)=4. Four. Four Superbowls, and that is the number of the day kids!

    ————————-

    Hey genius, the undefeated dolphins won the super bowl the year of the immaculate reception.

  13. cali49er707 says: May 15, 2012 4:45 PM

    wes wes welker has $9.5 million reasons to play this season, mike wallace has $2.7 million reasons to NOT play this season!!!

    only in america is 2.7 not enough for some, 1st world problems i say!!!

  14. greglloydrules says: May 15, 2012 4:45 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan but I can’t stand Mike Wallace anymore. You’re still a one trick pony Mike. Don’t sign the tender, it’ll just free up more money to sign Antonio Brown who’s a much better and more versatile receiver.

  15. EJ says: May 15, 2012 4:54 PM

    $9 million for one year? I mean geez, Pittsburgh sure pinches the penny… Couldn’t they offer him $100 million with 10% ownership of the team?

    Really?

    What does Wallace expect? He is an average receiver with a great Quarterback. I’m sure the team knows that the QB makes the receiver look much better, and that is the exact reason that there has been no big contract. Receivers are a dime a dozen in the NFL. Get real Mr. Wallace, sign the tender. Teams can see through you, sign before Big Ben retires and you end up with an average QB. I hate holdouts.

  16. Stiller43 says: May 15, 2012 5:07 PM

    All he does is run deep…i think he’ll pick that up easy.

  17. simplyapple2 says: May 15, 2012 5:57 PM

    Dude sign it. Get paid what you deserve the following year. He’s good but not in the category of fitz or dre. Pay your dues and they will take care of you down the road. That’s how the steelers operate. If he not been with them the past few years he would not be the Mike Wallace he Is now.

  18. malignantsociety says: May 15, 2012 6:05 PM

    Too many people on here think he is refusing to sign a franchise tender of $9.5 million, when, in reality, he is turning down a RFA tender of about $2.75. There is a huge difference.

  19. hound32 says: May 15, 2012 6:06 PM

    the Browns are going to overtake somebody this season in the AFC North which is by far the best most physical division in all of pro football . it might as well be the Stoolers .i would rather bury the Ratbirds as i hate them for obvious reasons . no disrespect to old Colt fans . they should still be in Baltimore IMHO not Indy .

  20. nightrain42 says: May 15, 2012 6:11 PM

    eastsideballa: get a clue fool. We hve 6 trophies. The year b4 XL, we got beat by the spygate Patriots in the AFC champ game. U remember that 15-1 team! It can b said we were cheated out of our shot. But we don’t cry, wd move on. So shld u!

  21. nightrain42 says: May 15, 2012 6:13 PM

    This boy needs to sign, get realistic…Fitzgerald $? Please. The Steelers don’t play games, we win titles!

  22. david7590 says: May 15, 2012 6:28 PM

    And when he does sign and tears his ACL from sitting out the OTA’s he’ll have no one to blame but himself.

  23. killersumo2000 says: May 15, 2012 6:46 PM

    @eastsidebella: you should do your research before spouting off. The Steelers lost more Superbowls than your team has gone to the Superbowl. Point driven in. you know basic math but don’t know football

  24. eagles107 says: May 15, 2012 6:49 PM

    Mike Wallace wants Larry Fitzgerald money ….Get real Mikey you’re good but you’re no Larry Fitz

  25. stew48 says: May 15, 2012 6:57 PM

    First, Wallace may only run deep, but there is usually no one with him when the ball arrives.

    Second, in this and the article last month, there is not one single quote from Wallace, just the ordinary “people with knowledge” business that is used when someone wants to guess for an article. Since there has been no news release that he has signed, we can assume he has not.

    Third, some of you have been paying too much attention to the “Great Whiner” now in Cleveland regarding previous games.

  26. rodgers419 says: May 15, 2012 7:11 PM

    Steeler fans already going into crisis management mode and trying to cope with the loss.

    “Mike Wallace is an average receiver.”
    “Antonio Brown is the better WR.”

    Wallace is a top 10 WR and will be paid like it if he ever reaches the market. He’s not running his mouth in the media or slamming the franchise and yet some people want to make him out to be a bad guy. He’s shooting for his market worth just like everybody else out there with a job. Have your employer offer you 1/3rd of what you should be earning then come on PFT and complain about Wallace. All the outrage over Wallace wanting Fitzgerald money but no outrage over the Steelers wanting him to play for 2.7m. He doesn’t deserve Fitzgerald money but it’s a hell of a lot closer to that than the 2.7m the Steelers want him to play for.

  27. jg725 says: May 15, 2012 7:18 PM

    I really can’t stand the steelers – but I am realistic enough to know they are one of the best franchises in the nfl. You have to be a real moron to even start trying to take away super bowls that they actually WON!!

  28. stew48 says: May 15, 2012 7:41 PM

    The Steelers did this with Ward on his last contract, so just sit quietly for once and wait. They will sign Wallace and he will continue to harass all teams. Has anyone commented on the story that the Steelers wanted to move up to get the guard that fell to them anyway?

  29. veence69 says: May 15, 2012 8:42 PM

    Hold out, Mike. It’s your only leverage.

  30. cincinnasti says: May 15, 2012 8:54 PM

    A “Star” player in the middle of his prime… Whom will be a unrestricted Free Agent just next year.. Asking for big money… How dare him!

  31. billhicks666 says: May 15, 2012 9:20 PM

    rodgers419 says:

    “Wallace is a top 10 WR and will be paid like it if he ever reaches the market.”

    That’s funny.

  32. pozone6031 says: May 15, 2012 9:21 PM

    When the Colts were in Baltimore the fans were great people. I went there to see my Steelers and Bradshawe play Bert Jones and the Colts. However these nice people have failed badly in raising there children into Ratbirds (pure jealous and ignorant)

  33. Deb says: May 15, 2012 9:26 PM

    eastsideballa says:

    Message to Steeler Fans: The Pittsburgh Steelers won 4 superbowl’s NOT 6. The immaculate reception or more commonly referred to as the “Immaculate Deception” by football historians, should not have counted, why? Look it up. As for SuperBowl XL, everyone including you’re mom knows the Seahawks won. So in conclusion if I hadn’t driven the point in well enough…(6-2)=4. Four. Four Superbowls, and that is the number of the day kids!
    ————————————————–
    Thanks!! I was irritated with Wallace until reading your bitter lil post. The tears of our rivals always perk me up.

  34. gpclaw says: May 15, 2012 10:02 PM

    Wallace should wait as long as possible to sign his tender. Once he signs, the Steelers have him locked up for the year, and can decide to wait until after the 2012 season to resume contract talks. Wallace’s best shot at keeping the Steelers FO at the negotiating table, is to not sign.

  35. sportfreak1996 says: May 15, 2012 10:07 PM

    I’m really not sure these morons are ever going to realize, this is just the way it is. Their union negotiated the Restricted Free Agency clause in the collective bargaining agreement.

    TO MIKE WALLACE: “You are very good — but guess what, you are not ‘sure-fire long term contract guaranteed signing bonus’ good…yet. But guess what? That’s the type of player who the Restricted Free Agency status is for — you may feel slighted because you can’t enter big time free agency when you are technically eligible, but no one in your talent class does, they get slapped with the RFA tag. Just count your $2.75mil+ you’ll get this year while 7.2% of the population is unemployed in your team’s city. Play hard, prove you are more than just another T.O./Moss Diva-like headache on the horizon, and you’ll cash in big next year…like everyone else, you are not special.”

    4th year players who don’t get slapped with the RFA tag are usually on the street looking for work; and if they are lucky enough to be on an NFL roster, they sure as hell aren’t making $2.75mil.

  36. steelmeats says: May 15, 2012 10:27 PM

    @eastsideballa
    I suppose it was also the refs that helped Willie Parker sprint 75 yards for a score to put the game out of reach in SB XL. (record for longest run in SB history by the way) Or maybe the WR option pass trick play that was the final nail in the coffin. Give Seattle another touchdown and guess what…they still lose the game

    I guess the refs also cheated on the Harrison 100 yard INT return for a TD
    in SB XLIII. Which as we all know is another SB record by a steelers player

  37. randallflagg52 says: May 15, 2012 11:28 PM

    Honest question, how many of you Pittsburgh fans are actually from Pittsburgh? And I mean you personally, not your uncle or a cousin or a parent who lived there for a few year.

    It’s acceptable to take pride in your hometown team, yes even if that team is in Ohio, but I know SO many “Pittsburgh” fans who have never even been to the state let alone the city. That ladies and gents is unacceptable IMO and you guys who became Steeler fans in the 70’s or recently are no better than 75% of all these Patriot fans who have been popping up since 2001.

  38. tatum064 says: May 16, 2012 12:28 AM

    No big deal. He’ll sign late, not get Haley’s playbook or new route trees, Haley will yell at him, he’ll pout and dash for free agency next year.

    Steelers are close to precipice because Haley is a VERY disruptive influence, a lot of people didnt like playing for him.

  39. sudz28 says: May 16, 2012 6:45 AM

    @randallflagg52:
    Gee, thanks for your permission in allowing the general population to take pride in their hometown teams, oh great and mighty one.

    Considering you’re a Ratbird fan and by definition are a bandwagon jumper (did you used to root for the Colts? Who did you root for during the decade plus that Baltimore had no team?), you have no room to complain about other fans.

  40. phillyphan83 says: May 16, 2012 9:46 AM

    whoa, I didn’t see that they hired Todd Haley! really?!?! you’re tapping fired chiefs head coach??? hahahahahahahaha good luck steeler nation, that guys a joke!

  41. originalsteelcurtain says: May 16, 2012 11:29 AM

    phillyphan, Oh, phillyphan, you have no room to smack-talk:

    3 names that define your Org:

    Andy
    Reidiculous

    Donovan
    McNugget

    #7 The Dog Executioner

  42. Deb says: May 16, 2012 1:09 PM

    randallflagg52 says:
    May 15, 2012 11:28 PM
    Honest question, how many of you Pittsburgh fans are actually from Pittsburgh? And I mean you personally, not your uncle or a cousin or a parent who lived there for a few year.

    It’s acceptable to take pride in your hometown team, yes even if that team is in Ohio, but I know SO many “Pittsburgh” fans who have never even been to the state let alone the city. That ladies and gents is unacceptable IMO and you guys who became Steeler fans in the 70′s or recently are no better than 75% of all these Patriot fans who have been popping up since 2001.
    ————————————————-
    Yeah, I fell in love with the Steelers as a kid at the tail end of the Dynasty era. And I’ve been a diehard proud and loyal member of Steeler Nation for 35 years. Never wavered through the 80s, through Cliff Stoudt, Malone, David Woodley (ugh), and the parade of less-than-mediocre QBs after Bradshaw, through a season that opened with total losses of 92-10 to Cleveland and Cincy. Spent my money on Steeler merchandise every one of those 35 years, followed the team when living overseas, converted my family, and had the next generation decked out in Steeler gear since birth. And I have a personal letter on my wall from Dan Rooney telling me how much my support is appreciated.

    The population of Pittsburgh is less than 306,000. But each year, the Steelers consistently rank as one of the top three teams in the league (#2 for 2011 to Green Bay, which has a population of less than 105,000).

    NFL teams have loyal fans around the world. And none of us give a damn about the narrow restrictions a silly twit like you puts on who can or can’t support a team. :roll:

  43. mnelson6 says: May 16, 2012 8:05 PM

    Response to eastsideballa:

    First off, I cant even believe you brought the Seahawks game in to question. The Seahawks offense did not exist in the second half. If you are trying to say that all the penalties in the first half kept them from winning then lets go ahead and say that the Lions should have went 13-3 this year. The Steelers clearly dominated the second half and came out with the victory. As for the “Immaculate Catch”, clearly a miracle ending to a great game, but you are saying that they should have lost. Take a closer look at the score of that game. Had the catch not have happened it would have been OT and who knows what would have happened from there.

    6 Rings
    Go Steelers

  44. mmlotus2012 says: May 18, 2012 12:31 PM

    As a 36-Year Steelers Season Ticket Holder, I would “HATE” to see This Young “Burner” leave… But his FOCUS seems to be on “The Benjamins” & NOT OUR Steelers!

    With Antonio Brown EMERGING as the PRIME Target for Big Ben, & his status of becoming A Restricted Free Agent after this Season, The Steelers NEED to shift Their FOCUS on resigning A.B. to a Long Term Contract!

    It stinks that Wallace will accept the Tender Offer @ the last Minute, miss ALL Off-Season O.T.A’s & thereby put himself in Jeopardy of NOT “knowing” NEW Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley’s Terminology & System.

    But if he is, as I have stated, “All About The Benjamins”, then the Steelers as A TEAM (Note to Mike Wallace : There Is NO “I” in TEAM!), then the Steelers are Better Off without him!

    Resigning Veterans to 3-4 Year Extensions NEEDS to be The FOCUS of The Organization.

    If they give in to Mike Wallaces’ DEMANDS for HUGE Dollars, where then is the Starting Point for Negotiations with Antonio Brown?

    A.B. has produced BETTER Statistics over his Tenure in Pittsburgh Than Mike Wallace!!

    So, isn’t he REALLY the MORE Valuable of the Two Players?

    Respectfully Submitted,
    Michael S. Marshall

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