Shortly after ending his holdout and reporting to the Steelers, receiver Mike Wallace said he’s sure he’ll be good to go when the Steelers open the season against the Broncos in 12 days.
Wallace said that he believes his teammates will help get him caught up on new coordinator Todd Haley’s offense, and he said he has been staying in good shape — although he admitted that there’s a difference between good shape and football shape.
“I’m not worried about it at all because I have good teammates, and they’ll get me ready for going against the defense,” Wallace said. “As far as conditioning-wise, we have two weeks to the game. I’ve been working out, I’ve been doing really good conditioning, so that’s not really going to be a problem. Nothing is like getting in football shape, it’s a little different, so the first couple days I might be a little more tired than the other guys — not because I’m not in shape, just because it’s different with pads on. But I’ll be ready when it’s time to go Sunday night against Denver.”
Wallace signed his tender offer today and will play for $2.7 million this season, an amount he’s not happy to be making. His best chance to make a lot more than that next season is to have a big year, starting by being ready when the Steelers play the Broncos.