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08:02 AM ET 04.13 | Mike Wallace can't do much if the Steelers really want to keep him in Pittsburgh. However, he can try to force the Steelers' hand to either pay him or trade him. And that's exactly what he and his representatives are doing. Less than 24 hours after a league source told me that a handful of teams are interested in trading for Wallace leading up the NFL draft scheduled for two weeks from today, news leaked that Wallace doesn't intend on showing up to any of the Steelers' offseason activities in protest of his first-round tender. It isn't by coincidence that the news was leaked that Wallace doesn't plan to sign his restricted free agent tender by the April 20 deadline only weeks before the draft, it is strategy.

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April 13, 2012  08:12 AM ET
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Trade him.............

Only way to get any value. He's possible the next Javon Walker.

April 13, 2012  08:16 AM ET

I thought he died last week. Huh.

April 13, 2012  08:18 AM ET
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I thought he died last week. Huh.

That was my first thought. Started scrolling through for references to Andy Rooney as well.

April 13, 2012  08:18 AM ET

He's going to cost whoever signs him a lot of Money!

April 13, 2012  08:22 AM ET

He has learned nothing from Hines Ward, that is the wrong way to deal with the Steelers.

April 13, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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He has learned nothing from Hines Ward, that is the wrong way to deal with the Steelers.

Funny how that happens. I think of three teams that don't negotiate: Packers, Patriots, Steelers. They always have a way of filling their needs with the lesser knowns and letting them go if they run into contractual disputes.

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April 13, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Look, he has no choice but to show up and play. If he does not show up he loses the year towards UFA. Any team could have offered up a sheet to him and the Steelers could have matched it or said, nope, we will take your first round pick in return.

Condon needs to explain to Wallace he has NO option at this point. He will get $2.7 million as a first round tender from the Steelers.

April 13, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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Look, he has no choice but to show up and play. If he does not show up he loses the year towards UFA. Any team could have offered up a sheet to him and the Steelers could have matched it or said, nope, we will take your first round pick in return.Condon needs to explain to Wallace he has NO option at this point. He will get $2.7 million as a first round tender from the Steelers.

Malcontents and those who hold, out historically do not last long with the Steelers, he has Jets written all over his future, Holmes tried this and the Super bowl MVP was traded for a fifth round pick...(the suspension and off field antics didn't help his case)

April 13, 2012  09:29 AM ET

The Steelers placed a first round tender on him because they value his services. Do you really think that they will trade him for less than that now?

Any team could have signed him to an offer sheet, but from all reports, not a single team was close to doing so. Wallace has lost pretty much any leverage he had. The Steelers typically do not overpay for their players and likely won't do so here. Their receiving corps, while better with Wallace, would still be good with Brown, Sanders and Cotchery.

April 13, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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I thought he died last week. Huh.

Funny! I was thinking the same thing.

April 13, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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The Steelers placed a first round tender on him because they value his services. Do you really think that they will trade him for less than that now?Any team could have signed him to an offer sheet, but from all reports, not a single team was close to doing so. Wallace has lost pretty much any leverage he had. The Steelers typically do not overpay for their players and likely won't do so here. Their receiving corps, while better with Wallace, would still be good with Brown, Sanders and Cotchery.

I do believe they would. This isn't Brown out of Cincinnati. Value can easily diminish with work ethic and holding out is attributable to work ethic.

April 13, 2012  09:41 AM ET

He really has no choice. The Steelers are restricted in what they can pay this year because of cap limitations. He can choose not sign the tender and can sit out the year, but that will cost him a year in getting to UFA status I believe. This "attitude" thing does not go over well in Pittsburgh (see Holmes and Burris). The mature thing for him to do would be play for $2.7M this year and go for the big payday next year with the Steelers or elsewhere. While he is a good player, I think he thinks more of himself than others think of him. I mean we are not talking about Jerry Rice or Larry Fitzgerald here. The worse thing he can do is hold out or come in and give it a half-hearted effort. He needs to understand that he is playing this year for the big contract in the future.

April 13, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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Look, he has no choice but to show up and play. If he does not show up he loses the year towards UFA. Any team could have offered up a sheet to him and the Steelers could have matched it or said, nope, we will take your first round pick in return.Condon needs to explain to Wallace he has NO option at this point. He will get $2.7 million as a first round tender from the Steelers.

Well said.

Wouldn't mind getting a 1st for him and using it to fill needs at OL, LB or CB.

Receiving corps. is in good hands with Sanders, Brown, Cotchery and Miller.

April 13, 2012  09:51 AM ET

What teams want this fellow? Could the 'Skins afford to try and go for him?

April 13, 2012  09:54 AM ET

Really surprised nobody has offered him a contract. He can put some teams over the top. Dude is good.

April 13, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Everyone is replaceable. If he doesn't appreciate where he is, ship him.

April 13, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Mike your getting bad advice. Time to switch agents.

 
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