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Steelers won't shop Wallace, holdout irks Tomlin

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08:05 AM ET 08.08 | The Steelers reportedly do not expect Mike Wallace to report to training camp before they depart later this month. [But] they have no intention of trading their Pro Bowl wide receiver at any point this season, a team source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Wallace has yet to sign a one-year tender worth $2.7 million, and the Steelers have not heard from him since training camp began July 25. Several players, however, have remained in contact with him. The source also said the Steelers will wait several weeks before they decide if they need to sign a veteran free-agent receiver if Wallace doesn't report. ... The Steelers are not overly optimistic they can sign Wallace to a long-term deal, but he can play for them this season and then be labeled a "franchise" or "transition" player in 2013. Wallace's holdout has upset coach Mike Tomlin, who is no longer supportive of his big-play receiver, a team source said.

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August 8, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Hard for anyone to side with him... Just keep playing, be a professional, and show you deserve the big payday.

August 8, 2012  08:13 AM ET
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Hard for anyone to side with him... Just keep playing, be a professional, and show you deserve the big payday.

^^^^^^^^^THIS

August 8, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Take one for the team and show up!

August 8, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Wallace's value to other teams declines every day. He'll be a forgotten footnote in a few years.

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August 8, 2012  08:53 AM ET

He'll have way more leverage in future contarct negotiations if he'd just show up and have a monster season. Sitting at home isn't going to make him anymore money.

August 8, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Wallace is done with the Steelers, perfect fit for the Jets, except there is no one to throw deep to him there. He will probably hold out until November when he must report to get credit for the year. I would have him returning punts and kick offs until he gets busted up; then release/cut his sorry butt. I really can't see how this behavior will increase his worth with other teams... This is not the Steeler way!

August 8, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Good Luck Pittsburgh, as you wallow thru da Myer!

August 8, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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Hard for anyone to side with him... Just keep playing, be a professional, and show you deserve the big payday.

A few years back Javon Walker did exactly that at Green Bay. And then blew out his knee and never was the same. This is a Not For Long league, and there is no point trying to get money when you're no longer viewed as someone who is on the rise.

August 8, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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on Sale, For Cheap, Wholesale Fom China???

Yankusn nailed it. Wallace will be a spam product by mid-season.

August 8, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Wallace is done with the Steelers, perfect fit for the Jets, except there is no one to throw deep to him there.

New York seems to be the perfect landing place for former Steeler receivers. He and Holmes can take turns talking about how awful Temarkbow is.

August 8, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Rumors have it that Miami is trying to trade for him. If I was M. Wallace I'd show up to training camp immediately and become the biggest team player they had ever seen. A trade to Miami? Ugh!

August 8, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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A few years back Javon Walker did exactly that at Green Bay. And then blew out his knee and never was the same. This is a Not For Long league, and there is no point trying to get money when you're no longer viewed as someone who is on the rise.

I see your point, but credibility has to be taken into account when leveraging for a pay day.

He's not doing this.

August 8, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Whoever is whispering in Wallace's ear is doing him no favors; first by telling him that he deserves "Fitzgerald-money" for being a one-trick pony who can't run routes, and second, by telling him that the Steelers will blink if he holds out.

August 8, 2012  09:25 AM ET

No offense Steeler nation but as a Ravens fan, I'm glad we don't have to worry about Mike Wallace's speed. Sanders and Brown are good but Wallace's speed is intimidating especially when they stretch him outside.

August 8, 2012  09:29 AM ET

Can't blame him. This is a business. He's just looking out for himself. If the Steelers can cut whoever they want, whenever they want then why can't a player with one year left on his contract do the same. Hang in there 17!!

August 8, 2012  10:20 AM ET

He will show. no leverage gained by him to not show. He loses credit for this year and is in the same boat a year from now, except his value decreases if he does not play a year.
He now owes them money for every day not there, and lots of it. Send him the bill in the mail and see how he reacts.

August 8, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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He will show. no leverage gained by him to not show. He loses credit for this year and is in the same boat a year from now, except his value decreases if he does not play a year. He now owes them money for every day not there, and lots of it. Send him the bill in the mail and see how he reacts.

Oh, he has leverage but not with the Steelers. With his speed and good hands, some contender with injured receivers late in the season will desperately trade for him which the Steelers can't refuse then negotiate his contract and pay him top dollar.

August 8, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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Can't blame him. This is a business. He's just looking out for himself. If the Steelers can cut whoever they want, whenever they want then why can't a player with one year left on his contract do the same. Hang in there 17!!

Exactly...dont understand why most fans always side with the team. I'm all about dudes cashing in when they can. Ok...so lets say he plays the good soldier, comes into camp and blows out his Achilles?? Think the Steelers wont cut his butt as soon as they can to avoid a cap hit? Think the Steelers will sign him to a long term deal after that? Then he would have squandered possibly his only opportunity to cash in on his talent.

 
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