Trainer says Mike Wallace return “has got to be pretty soon”

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Mike Wallace isn’t just sitting around, and apparently he’s about to make a move.

The Steelers wide receiver, who hasn’t reported while unhappy with the $2.7 million restricted free agent tender the team put on him, may be close to breaking the stalemate.

Conditioning coach Tom Shaw, who is working with Wallace in Orlando, told Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Wallace wasn’t going to talk to reporters until he showed up at camp.

That, he said, “has got to be pretty soon. [The Steelers] aren’t just going to let him sit out there.”

So far, they have. And they signed fellow wideout Antonio Brown to a $42.5 million spite contract.

But Shaw said the money part of the equation wasn’t as much of an issue as some assume.

Shaw said Wallace’s silence was: “because he gets mad when people write things that are totally false. He doesn’t want a $100 million contract, a $50 million contract. He’s never told anybody that. He knows the Steelers aren’t talking, and he’s not talking.”

“He’s been holding out because he feels he’s given three good years to the Steelers, and you have only so much time to make money [in the NFL],” Shaw added.

The news that Wallace is “fast as lightning right now,” and staying in good condition is good news for the Steelers. But until he actually shows up and these two kiss and make up, it’s little consolation, or help for an offense that could use him.

20 responses to “Trainer says Mike Wallace return “has got to be pretty soon”

  1. I believe it to… Mike knows until you speak your piece the media is going to rip him apart… and in the NFL you’re always ONE play away from the end… Get to camp Mike… then get paid!

  2. Several reported have mentioned that they have contacted Wallaces reps and wont let him speak . They want the true stories . But it takes him to talk for the reports to write it .

  3. “That, he said, “has got to be pretty soon. [The Steelers] aren’t just going to let him sit out there.””

    ..or what? What are the Steelers going to do? They can’t do anything until he turns up and signs his tender, and he doesn’t have to do that until something like week 10, so that is pretty much that!

  4. I am sick and tired of people including this joker Darin Gantt stating that the Antonio Brown signing was done just to make a point to Mike Wallace. Antonio Brown would be an RFA next summer and this was nothing but a smart business decision. By locking up Brown now, the steelers avoid being in this same situation next summer. Again it is not a spiteful signing, but a smart business decision. Stop trying to fabricated drama and report the truth.

  5. The signing of Mike Wallace is not as important as the media is making it out to be. Yes we want him to play for us, but we needed help on the o-line and at cornerback.

    Wallace, do what you have to do, meanwhile we still have to win games!

  6. Shaw said Wallace’s silence was: “because he gets mad when people write things that are totally false. He doesn’t want a $100 million contract, a $50 million contract. He’s never told anybody that. He knows the Steelers aren’t talking, and he’s not talking.”

    “He’s been holding out because he feels he’s given three good years to the Steelers, and you have only so much time to make money [in the NFL],” Shaw added.

    In one sentence Shaw says its not about money and then he contradicts himself in the next sentence. WOW

  7. From what I saw in the 1st preseason game, Wallace signing will not make a different if that “O” line not fix.

  8. Could it be that Wallace simply no longer wants to play in Pittsburgh? He wouldn’t be the first player in NFL history to place money above winning…
    Larry Fitzgerald is the perfect example of a player worried more about money than winning, which should be (but won’t be) duly noted when he’s enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

  9. Tired of the Wallace drama… I’d love for him to report to camp tomorrow and I believe the Steelers would then work with him on his contract numbers, but until he actually suits up or gets traded can we please just stop with the Wallace stories?

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