PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — With one action comes a reaction. That’s what Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace found out Wednesday.
Wallace chose not to report to Latrobe for training camp, and the Steelers chose to suspend negotiations with the star receiver.
According to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the organization chose to refuse negotiations with Wallace unless he signs a one-year tender offered to him this offseason worth $2.472 million.
Wallace can not report to training camp or practice with the team until he signs the tender.
“I don’t know when he’s going to be here,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “Obviously we have a desire for him to be here. We want him to be a part of this thing both short term and long term. We’ve been in negotiations with him. He’s not here today. It’s unfortunate for him.
“One thing that experience has taught me is that this is bigger than all of us. It’s bigger than Mike, it’s bigger than me, so I mean that when I say it’s unfortunate for him that he’s not here.”
It’s imperative for Wallace to get to training camp if he expects to play at all this season. With new offensive coordinator Todd Haley running the show, bringing with him a brand new playbook, Wallace’s presence is necessary to get up to speed.
Wallace has the new playbook and has been working out on his own all summer. However, he hasn’t practiced with the Steelers since last season ended in a playoff loss at Denver.