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08:06 AM ET 04.23 | A new clock has started ticking for Pittsburgh wideout Mike Wallace. After Friday's deadline came and went without him getting an offer sheet from another team, [Wallace] is prepared to sit out offseason drills and at least the start of training camp, according to league sources. Wallace told some within the Steelers organization that he does not plan to sign his first-round tender "until he has to," according to a source. This means that Wallace could wind up holding out for some or all of training camp. Wallace is seeking a long-term deal and is unhappy with the $2.7 million first-round tender he received. Wallace has until June 15 to sign it before the Steelers can cut the tender to $577,500 -- a loss of $2.1 million.

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April 23, 2012  08:14 AM ET

<stares...>

April 23, 2012  08:22 AM ET

I didn't think the WR draft pool was this deep. The market has really knee-capped Wallace.

April 23, 2012  08:22 AM ET

And the Steelers will pay you "what they have to".

April 23, 2012  08:23 AM ET

come to Cincy......opposite of A.J. Green you guys would be on-stoppable.

April 23, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Yep, good strategy: sit out as much as you can, get injured when you come back because you're not in shape, and lower your value even further.

April 23, 2012  08:31 AM ET

I does seem that they are low-balling him, and they're going to hurt their offense if he shows up late and not ready to play.

The Steelers are in cap hell, right?

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April 23, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Yep, good strategy: sit out as much as you can, get injured when you come back because you're not in shape, and lower your value even further.

The timeless "Cut off your nose to spite your face" maneuver.

April 23, 2012  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

come to Cincy......opposite of A.J. Green you guys would be on-stoppable.

Only a fool would go to Ohio

April 23, 2012  08:47 AM ET

June 14 he will sign it and that is that. He will show up for real camp in July. He has no choice.
Please stop writing these stories until a player actually does not sign and play. Not going to happen.

April 23, 2012  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The timeless "Cut off your nose to spite your face" maneuver.

In Big Ben's case, though, a bit of trimming of that schnoz would be an improvement.

April 23, 2012  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

June 14 he will sign it and that is that. He will show up for real camp in July. He has no choice.
Please stop writing these stories until a player actually does not sign and play. Not going to happen.

This...

April 23, 2012  08:51 AM ET

he has till June 15th to sign his tender, what he wants is a long term contract, this is his only bargaining chip. If he were stupid enough to hold out, the Steelers would pay him nothing and he would be a RFA next year too...

April 23, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And the Steelers will pay you "what they have to".

Small market mentality still.

April 23, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Please stop writing these stories until a player actually does not sign and play. Not going to happen.

It turned out to be a winning strategy for Chris Johnson, and a losing one for his team.

As long as there are greed, stupidity and agents this will happen. Maybe not in this case, but somewhere in the NFL this will play out.

April 23, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

June 14 he will sign it and that is that. He will show up for real camp in July. He has no choice. Please stop writing these stories until a player actually does not sign and play. Not going to happen.

If Cincy don't use there draft pick at 21 in the draft to trade for him then maybe, but I don't think Pitt would do the trade with-in the division,and have to to play Cincy twice a year with Wallace playing opposite of Green. There has been some rumors in the papers here and on the website that they could be looking at this optoin, but again I don't see it happening and would rather keep the pick then trade for Wallace because I think they could get a receiver at 21 just as talented - S.Hill, K.Wrigh, since I'm sure Blackmon and Floyde will be gone.

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April 23, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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It turned out to be a winning strategy for Chris Johnson, and a losing one for his team.As long as there are greed, stupidity and agents this will happen. Maybe not in this case, but somewhere in the NFL this will play out.

Thanks in no small part to the Drew Rosenhaus' of the world.

April 23, 2012  09:11 AM ET

The Patriots have 2 late first rounders and they could use a deep threat.

 
April 23, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Such low value drama ill-becomes the once mighty, no-nonsense Steelers....

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