PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace has ended his summer-long holdout and reported for duty at Steeler facilities.
“I’m just really here to play football,” he told reporters. “I’m not really worried about no contracts or nothing like that – that’s in the past. That’s business side – I’m not worried about it. I’m here to play football – that’s it.”
Wallace inked a $2.7 million dollar free agent tender, and, presumably, has until the season opener in Denver Sept. 9 to negotiate and agree upon a new long-term contract. It is team policy not to negotiate during the season.
“We’re just excited to get him on the field,” Ben Roethlisberger said. “It’s kind of like your parents telling you you get a new car and it has to sit in the driveway because you don’t have any insurance, so once you get that insurance, you can get out and take it for a ride.”
Prior to his holdout, he turned down an offer of five years and over $40 million that was promptly accepted by fellow receiver Antonio Brown.
According to several of his teammates, Wallace had been training privately to keep pace with them physically while training camp came and went.
Wallace says he has no regrets.
“Anything I do in life I don’t regret,” he said. “You know, I’m a grown man – that’s what I do. Whatever I do, that’s what I did.”