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Justin Otstott
07-19-2012, 03:31 PM
I thought this was worth it's own thread...

http://cbssports.com/images/blogs/Mike_Wallace_Steelers_Contract_Rumors_Optimism_Jas on_La_Canfora.jpg

The time to sign players tendered a franchise tag has come and gone, but the pink elephant that is Mike Wallace still remains in the Steelers living room, with Wallace potentially holding out of camp, unhappy with his $2.72 million tender.

CBSSports.com's NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports Thursday that the parties are in "close contact" and that the two sides continue to make progress on a new deal.

"The sides have remained in close contact and continued their dialogue and are expected to maintain a steady pace with the start of training camp looming," La Canfora reports. "There has been some movement and though no deal is imminent and work remains to be done, the situation has certainly improved since early this offseason. Both sides are motivated to complete a long-term contract."

Read More: NFL.COM (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19615831/lacanfora-steelers-mike-wallace-continue-to-make-progress-on-new-deal)

Thoughts? :tt02:

Bayz101
07-19-2012, 03:37 PM
Yep. Certainly seems worthy of it's own to me, as this contract situation may be coming to a close!

Justin Otstott
07-19-2012, 03:44 PM
Agreed, I didn't think it would happen but now! I'm pumped for this season.

Bayz101
07-19-2012, 03:54 PM
Agreed, I didn't think it would happen but now! I'm pumped for this season.

Now with Jonathon Scott gone, we've freed up 2.2 million. That makes a deal even more likely to happen.

pancake
07-19-2012, 04:03 PM
This is good news!!! :applaudit:

Fire Arians
07-19-2012, 05:08 PM
Now with Jonathon Scott gone, we've freed up 2.2 million. That makes a deal even more likely to happen.

yep. 9 mil of space to work with to get wallace signed, i think it could be a done deal now. hope they get it done before camp :thumbsup:

Justin Otstott
07-19-2012, 05:55 PM
I'm thinking by Monday or mid next week...

OX1947
07-19-2012, 06:15 PM
Seriously, no one runs a sports team like bosses better then the Steelers. Maybe the Lakers but the Steelers might be the baddest ones of all. Pretty much told Mike Wallace, hey brah, you need to wait your turn and chilax. Finally, he submitted and now the deal is close. BOSS!

Vis
07-19-2012, 06:18 PM
Seriously, no one runs a sports team like bosses better then the Steelers. Maybe the Lakers but the Steelers might be the baddest ones of all. Pretty much told Mike Wallace, hey brah, you need to wait your turn and chilax. Finally, he submitted and now the deal is close. BOSS!

If these reports are right. It's not like we have tweets fron Rooney

Bayz101
07-19-2012, 06:23 PM
Seriously, no one runs a sports team like bosses better then the Steelers. Maybe the Lakers but the Steelers might be the baddest ones of all. Pretty much told Mike Wallace, hey brah, you need to wait your turn and chilax. Finally, he submitted and now the deal is close. BOSS!

This really is the best Front-Office in football, and the mere fact that we're almost ALWAYS in the playoff hunt as a football team, makes you proud, does it not? I'm just proud to be a fan of the team that NO ONE wants to play in the playoff's, and now i'm proud to be a fan of a team with an excellent front office. I don't need a Mike Wallace contract to label this FO as one of the best. The draft did that for me.

Justin Otstott
07-19-2012, 06:39 PM
There is no better organization than the Pittsburgh Steelers...period.

Bayz101
07-19-2012, 06:44 PM
There is no better organization than the Pittsburgh Steelers...period.

I can drink to that :drink:

Hawaii 5-0
07-22-2012, 10:14 PM
New Deal With Mike Wallace Can Be Both Cap Friendly And Lucrative

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 by Dave Bryan

http://img2.yardbarker.com/media/0/c/0ce3d9d502937ebe33c0d393fc3a1c982d8cc5a2/related/Buffalo_Bills_v_1999.jpg?stamp=1343000494

After the release of Jonathan Scott on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Steelers are approximately $6 million under the salary cap. Keep in mind that figure also includes the $2.74 restricted tender that wide receiver Mike Wallace is currently wearing as well. If you pull that tender amount out, the team has approximately $8.74 million in cap space to work with to accommodate a new deal. Now of course David DeCastro figures to eat up another $1 plus million of that cap space when his deal is completed and the Steelers will certainly want to have about $2 million at their discretion in case injuries strike, so that puts them back around $5.74 million available in cap space for a year one hit of a Wallace deal.

I have also mentioned previously that it is in my belief that the three $500,000 veteran credits the Steelers have at their disposal have not yet been applied. In 2011 they had three $1 million veteran credits at their disposal, and they used them on James Farrior, Hines Ward and Casey Hampton. There is no reason to think that they will not use those credits, which are borrowed from future years, in 2012. Should that indeed be the case, that puts the Steelers back at roughly $7.25 million in available space to work with for Wallace.

Structure is everything when it comes to contracts. So many people want to look at the total value as well as the perceived average per year and base their opinions solely on that. I am here to tell you that that is the wrong way to look at contracts. The structure, signing bonus and break down by individual years are the most important elements of any deal. Often times roster bonuses, option bonuses and escalators are often listed in the initial reports as guaranteed money along with the total value of a deal. Why do agents release the numbers initially to the media this way? Because it looks good, that's why.

I pointed to the deal the other day that the Baltimore Ravens gave to running back Ray Rice as a great example of structure in relation to a way the Steelers could do a new deal with Wallace. I think many thought in that example I was trying to say that would be the exact money Wallace would get. I wasn't, as I was merely pointing to the structure of the contract, not the actually amounts, just so we are clear.

Rice received a $15 million signing bonus in that five year deal upon signing. That $15 million is amortized out equally over the 5 years of the deal as salary cap charges. That means that in all 5 years of the deal that $3 million is charged to the Ravens salary cap. So in 2012, Rice has an amortized signing bonus charge of $3 million. His base salary in 2012 is $2 million, so right there you see that Rice will count only $5 million against the Ravens cap in 2012.

So where is the other "guaranteed" money at? In 2013 Rice has a $7 million option bonus due him that the Ravens will surely pay and it should be guaranteed fully in case of injury. Semantics. That $7 million option, once paid, is amortized like a signing bonus and is spread out for cap purposes over the remaining four years left on the deal. That means that Rice will have an additional $1.75 million bonus charge added to years two though five. That $1.75 million is stacked on top of the $3 million signing bonus cap charge that I talked about above. So that means in years two through five that Rice will have a $4.75 million total amortized bonus charge against the cap on top of his base salaries due him, as well as any incentives he earns in his performance escalators. More on those in a bit.

In 2013 Rice is scheduled to earn a base salary of $1 million, so that would make his 2013 cap hit only $5.75 million. So as you can see, this is a perfect example of a structure that pays Rice $24 million by March of next year, because that is when the option bonus needs to be exercised, yet the Ravens only incur cap hits of $5 million in 2012 and $5.75 in 2013. Essentially his cap hit stays flat and helps the Ravens in 2013 when the salary cap is expected to remain flat as well.

The base salaries for Rice in 2014-2016 are $4 million, $3 million and $3 million respectively and these are not guaranteed. His cap hits, assuming he does not trigger his escalator by then, are scheduled to be $8.75 million, $7.75 million and $7.75 million in years three through five. His highest cap hit peaks in year three of the deal. If Rice is still producing after year three, they will obviously retain him, and in fact, they are betting he essentially has four more years in him with a 5th year being a bonus.

Ok, so now we have $34 million of the reported $40 million accounted for, so where is the other $6 million? Rice has another $5 million that he can earn through a triggered performance incentive. All he has to do is to hit it once in the first three years. If he hits it in 2012, he gets and extra million in 2012, as well as the remaining 4 years of the deal. If he hits it in 2014, he gets an extra million in that year and another $2 million in both 2015 and 2016. That escalator is triggered by Rice reaching specific rushing/receiving targets in any of the first three years of the deal, and if the team finishes in the top 10 in total offense.

That puts us at $39 million, so where is the other $1 million? I believe that $1 million to be in the form of workout bonuses in years two through five of the deal. $250,000 in each of those years. That amount is of course added to his salary cap hit once earned, so that should mean that in 2013, his cap hit is likely to be $6 million, and could be as high as $7 million, should he trip his escalator. That $250,000 workout bonus each year is not guaranteed though.

So what does this have to do with Wallace? Well, you can expect his new deal, if one is reached, will likely will be structured quite similarly to the one of Rice. Maybe not the exact amounts, but the structure. The key thing is the signing bonus and the second year money that is likely to be either in the form of a roster bonus or an option bonus. If it is a roster bonus, it can easily be restructured in 2013 and paid out as a signing bonus, thus lowering the cap hit. The most I see Wallace getting as far as a signing bonus goes, on say a five-year deal, would be $18 million, which would create a salary cap liability in each year of the deal of $3.6 million. Add that on to a max $2 million base salary in 2012, and Wallace has at most a cap charge in 2012 of $5.6 million. Year two of the deal could be an option bonus of say $6 to $8 million, which would create an additional salary cap charge in years two through five of anywhere between $1.5 and $2 million. Say his 2013 base salary is $1 million, then Wallace essentially makes anywhere between $24 to $26 million by March of 2013.

Those are high end amounts in my opinion and only a crude example of how a deal, that could be structured in so many different ways, could be done on a high end, yet be cap friendly at the same time in the first two years of the deal.

The ultimate goal of Omar Khan is to keep year one and year two of the deal as flat as possible cap hit wise and around $5 million in each of those first two years. At the same time, he will need to give Wallace enough guaranteed money in the first two years two appease him. Realistically I see a $15 million signing bonus as tops, followed up with an option bonus of around $7 million in 2013. Add in a $2 million base salary in 2012 and a $1 million base salary in 2013 and Wallace basically gets $25 million "guaranteed". That scenario would result in cap hits in 2012 of $5 million and $5.75 million in 2013. Fill in the blanks in years three through five of non-guaranteed base salaries and perhaps roster or workout bonuses, and you get a deal that might just total out at as high as $40 million, just like Rice.

In 2014 and on, which includes the final three years of the Wallace deal, should be absorbed easily with the new TV deal money expected to kick in and the subsequent increase of the cap. What that cap increase will be at that time, we still don't exactly know. The roster also figures to be average in age by that time in addition, and Wallace would likely be in the top ten or so of cap hits. It is sacrilegious to say, but players like James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller and Ike Taylor could very well not be around in 2014, the final year of their current deals. So whatever the cap hit of Wallace would wind up being in 2014, should be easily affordable, as too should be the cap hits of both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, both of whom I think the Steelers can easily retain if they so desire.

http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/new_deal_with_mike_wallace_can_be_both_cap_friendl y_and_lucrative/11272831

bornaSteelersfan
07-23-2012, 12:43 AM
Great read by Dave Bryan. I learned quite a bit. I even learned that Omar Khan is cutting the deal for Wallace?!

tanda10506
07-23-2012, 10:17 AM
Very informative all though I still don't completely understand it. Im not sure if a deal that on the high side would be $40 mil with the guaranteed money paid out in smaller payments will be enough to get Wallace for 5 years. IMO the Vincent Jackson deal gave Wallace a credible argument for more money. Of course a FO like ours doesn't "have to" match what any other team pays anybody else, but I would think that Wallace would at least be asking for the amount that Vincent Jackson got, as Wallace is a MUCH better WR IMO. Reading this article gave me a pretty good idea on where we stand with the salary cap right now, and unfortunately I am less confident now that the FO will reach a deal with Wallace, but somehow they always work wonders so all is not lost with the Wallace situation.

Steelersfan87
07-23-2012, 02:04 PM
I don't understand why the article would have made you less confident in a deal.

Mike Wallace is not better than Vincent Jackson. I don't believe he will be getting a contract quite as large as that.

tanda10506
07-23-2012, 03:09 PM
I don't understand why the article would have made you less confident in a deal.

Mike Wallace is not better than Vincent Jackson. I don't believe he will be getting a contract quite as large as that.

I don't believe he will be getting a contract quite as large either, I think that's what he will want. Jackson has been playing longer then Wallace and has 3 years where he was the #1 WR and started all season, where Wallace only has 2, so that works against him. But if you look at their stats in the past 2 productive years I believe he is better.

Wallace (2010&2011): 132rec, 2450 yards, 18.8 avg., 18 TD's including a 95 yarder
Jackson (2009&2011-injured most of 2010): 128 rec, 2273 yards, 17.8 avg., 18 TD's

So Wallace's numbers are slightly better, but when you factor in age and Wallace's incredible speed, I think it's a valid argument.

LVSteelersfan
07-23-2012, 08:06 PM
Very informative all though I still don't completely understand it. Im not sure if a deal that on the high side would be $40 mil with the guaranteed money paid out in smaller payments will be enough to get Wallace for 5 years. IMO the Vincent Jackson deal gave Wallace a credible argument for more money. Of course a FO like ours doesn't "have to" match what any other team pays anybody else, but I would think that Wallace would at least be asking for the amount that Vincent Jackson got, as Wallace is a MUCH better WR IMO. Reading this article gave me a pretty good idea on where we stand with the salary cap right now, and unfortunately I am less confident now that the FO will reach a deal with Wallace, but somehow they always work wonders so all is not lost with the Wallace situation.

There is no way Wallace is better than Vincent Jackson. Jackson goes up and fights for loose balls and comes down with them. That is the major problem I have with Wallace is that he is soft when it comes to jump balls on imperfect passes. He doesn't fight for them mostly because he is too small. He does not deserve Jackson type money.

tanda10506
07-23-2012, 08:18 PM
Well we can agree to disagree, but the stats don't lie. They may not be all that matters, but it definitely matters a lot. As far as Jackson going up for the ball, that is a big plus, but Wallace's speed is definitely a plus too.

tony hipchest
07-24-2012, 01:24 AM
Great read by Dave Bryan. I learned quite a bit. I even learned that Omar Khan is cutting the deal for Wallace?!yep. o. kahn is the chief negotiator for all contracts.... the best in the biz.

I don't understand why the article would have made you less confident in a deal.

Mike Wallace is not better than Vincent Jackson. I don't believe he will be getting a contract quite as large as that.

vincent jackson is a criminal headcase perfect for the bucs and probably better suited for a team like the bungles or lions.

mike wallace is certainly better with more upside and definitely less downside. with that being said, i doubt wallace will be getting more money than him from the steelers as well.

bucs have moeny to burn, the steelers dont. the steelers can replace a wr like mike wallace. the bucs cant. the steelers have a back up plan. the bucs have nothing. its more about supply and demand than it is talent.

Rick5895
07-24-2012, 03:52 AM
I'm a fan of Wallace but am getting tired of all this talk. I have gone on record before as saying if he doesn't want to be here , ;let him go preferably by trade. Wallace is a good young receiver and he will be a value to us if he has his head on straight, but until he shows he can beat the double coverage on a regular basis he is just another guy with great speed. Brown had a great second half of the season last year because Mike was double teamed, Wallace fell off, because of those same double teams. If Mike wants to show how great he is and get the big money he needs to get in camp, learn the new O, and learn to defeat the constant double teams he is going to see. The Steelers showed good faith by giving the tender they did and then NOT reducing it June 15 like they cold have done. Wallace needs to show the same good faith and sign his tender and report to camp and work on his new deal , which I believe would come easier if he signs the tender and reports.

ANDYMISIU
07-24-2012, 07:51 AM
If Wallace can avoid missing camp time, then the offense will have a great chance to understand Haley's playbook. I would feel a lot better with all the pieces to the puzzle together.

steelfury02
07-24-2012, 08:00 AM
i agree about beating the double team, but only a select few are able to do that on a regular basis - IMHO, all Wallace has to do is continue to put up the numbers he is and then we'll all probably be wondering about him after the new contract is up - I'm already impressed with what the Steelers org is capable of - but if Wallace and Brown continue to produce and they keep them both for their careers - that would be unheard of in today's NFL - two Pro Bowl receivers long term.

Vis
07-24-2012, 08:02 AM
i agree about beating the double team, but only a select few are able to do that on a regular basis - IMHO, all Wallace has to do is continue to put up the numbers he is and then we'll all probably be wondering about him after the new contract is up - I'm already impressed with what the Steelers org is capable of - but if Wallace and Brown continue to produce and they keep them both for their careers - that would be unheard of in today's NFL - two Pro Bowl receivers long term.

Wallace will also be helped by an improved OL. Hard for Ben to hit the deep pattern as he dodges LBers

steelfury02
07-24-2012, 11:10 AM
agreed - it only speaks to the talent and will of this team that it happened as many times as it did since Wallace came along - not shocked really just saying that overall, I feel we have top 5 talent on offense - can you imagine if they are firing on all cylinders come the 2nd half of the season?

pancake
07-24-2012, 12:09 PM
I'm a fan of Wallace but am getting tired of all this talk. I have gone on record before as saying if he doesn't want to be here , ;let him go preferably by trade. Wallace is a good young receiver and he will be a value to us if he has his head on straight, but until he shows he can beat the double coverage on a regular basis he is just another guy with great speed. Brown had a great second half of the season last year because Mike was double teamed, Wallace fell off, because of those same double teams. If Mike wants to show how great he is and get the big money he needs to get in camp, learn the new O, and learn to defeat the constant double teams he is going to see. The Steelers showed good faith by giving the tender they did and then NOT reducing it June 15 like they cold have done. Wallace needs to show the same good faith and sign his tender and report to camp and work on his new deal , which I believe would come easier if he signs the tender and reports.

Wallace has stated he wants to be here, but he wants to get the best contract he can get. I think it will get done in less than 2 weeks.

Rick5895
07-25-2012, 03:00 AM
i agree about beating the double team, but only a select few are able to do that on a regular basis - IMHO, all Wallace has to do is continue to put up the numbers he is and then we'll all probably be wondering about him after the new contract is up - I'm already impressed with what the Steelers org is capable of - but if Wallace and Brown continue to produce and they keep them both for their careers - that would be unheard of in today's NFL - two Pro Bowl receivers long term.

Yes only a select few can beat the double consistently, guys like Fitz, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson etc. Problem is Mike thinks he's worth Fitz money and until he can do that like Fitzgerald he needs to scale his demands back and get to camp.

pete74
07-25-2012, 04:43 AM
i saw a report that wallace signed a 5 year 42 million deal and channel 11 was said to be the source but it was retracted. obviously its getting close and those are the numbers i expect wallace to get with 20 mil gurenteed

steelfury02
07-25-2012, 08:08 AM
must be gettin real close here :thumbsup:

Steelersfan87
07-25-2012, 02:23 PM
Yes only a select few can beat the double consistently, guys like Fitz, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson etc. Problem is Mike thinks he's worth Fitz money and until he can do that like Fitzgerald he needs to scale his demands back and get to camp.

Please point me to where Wallace or his agent said this rather than a 3rd party, such as the oft-referenced San Francisco 49ers beat writer that originally "broke" that story and has spread like wildfire despite never being substantiated.

Atlanta Dan
07-25-2012, 03:11 PM
must be gettin real close here :thumbsup:

Maybe not:mad:

Mike Wallace took another stand when he did not report to training camp on time, and now apparently the Steelers will take one of their own as the contract impasse between the two sides takes a new turn.

The Steelers will suspend negotiations on a multiple-year contract until Wallace signs his one-year tender and reports to the team, a club source said. ...

The stance of ending negotiations for a holdout has been taken by the team before, most recently when Hines Ward held out for the first two weeks of the 2005 training camp. However, Ward had one year left on his contract at the time and was pressing for a new one. After ending his holdout, negotiations resumed and he received a four-year extension three weeks later

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/wallace-a-no-show-steelers-suspend-negotiations-646152/

Mods - might want to change the title to this thread:noidea:

Fire Arians
07-25-2012, 03:31 PM
man, here i was getting all optimistic and shit.

wallace needs to be careful, the rooneys are the wrong family to play hardball with

jiminpa
07-25-2012, 03:40 PM
So what happens if they just cut him now? He needs to be in camp learning the new offense, period! I know that he wants to look out after his own interests, just like anyone else, but that cuts both ways. It is in the team's interest for him to be in camp now without busting the cap or future caps for him.

Steel_Bus_24
07-25-2012, 03:41 PM
after the season starts they quit negotiations don't they???

If hes not back by the 2nd Pre-Season game then thats really when its going to start hurting the team at that point......And the whole team should be ready to roll by that 3rd game

I want Mike to get a good deal a lot....praying this can get sorted before then

pete74
07-25-2012, 03:50 PM
he will be signed within the week

steelfury02
07-25-2012, 03:52 PM
as article states via Hines Ward's 05 situation - I'm hoping at some point Mikey realizes that he will be the one losing out, not the Steelers

He doesn't come in and perform well this season there is no "big" contract with another team

PATIENCE MIKEY - get your butt to camp and the Steelers will help you take care of the rest . . .

TheVet
07-25-2012, 03:58 PM
I gotta believe that he'll be in camp soon, tender signed, with negotiations ongoing. The strange thing about this situation is that it seems to be in the best interests of both parties for Wallace to report. For Wallace to achieve his goals, he needs to come to an agreement with the Steelers, or else have a great season this year. All the positive outcomes seem to require that he be in camp, learning this offense.

Atlanta Dan
07-25-2012, 04:12 PM
I gotta believe that he'll be in camp soon, tender signed, with negotiations ongoing. The strange thing about this situation is that it seems to be in the best interests of both parties for Wallace to report. For Wallace to achieve his goals, he needs to come to an agreement with the Steelers, or else have a great season this year. All the positive outcomes seem to require that he be in camp, learning this offense.

This is where the absence of veteran leaders may show. In 2005, Bettis, with an assist from Cowher, was a broker in getting Ward in to camp so negotiations could resume


Jerome Bettis, I'm told, is a big reason that Hines Ward is back with the Steelers today.

Those lines of communications that were kept open? Bettis, with a helping hand from Bill Cowher. Bettis kept talking to Ward, urging him not to do anything drastic that would either hurt himself or the team.

As you may have seen the day after the AFC championship game in January, Ward has tremendous respect for Bettis. So, while many were ripping the Bus for what he told me in Sunday's story regarding Ward's contract holdout, it was Bettis who helped end it.

What happens now? Ward said all the right things last night, and I believe a contract will happen over the next two weeks. He'll have to give a little, but I think what he did yesterday will move the team off its previous stance and he will benefit by it.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/bgi-analysis-bettis-played-key-role-in-getting-ward-to-return-595915/

With Ward gone, Ben would be the most likely vet to persuade Wallace to get into camp to jump start negotaitions, but I have no clue if there is any bond between #7 and #17.

TheVet
07-25-2012, 04:17 PM
Hopefully someone will fill that role. Isn't Wallace fairly tight with Ike Taylor? Ike certainly has the experience and perspective to step in.

Steelersfan87
07-25-2012, 04:33 PM
Steelers' Wallace no shows opening of camp; team expected to suspend negotiation (http://www.examiner.com/article/steelers-wallace-no-shows-opening-of-camp-team-expected-to-suspend-negotiation?cid=db_articles)

When Mike Wallace said back in April that he will not show up “until he has to”, as originally reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he apparently meant it. The restricted free agent, who received a first round tender from the Pittsburgh Steelers worth over $2.7 million for the 2012 season, failed to report as the team opened camp today, with the 4 PM reporting deadline having passed.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, a club source has stated that “the Steelers will suspend negotiations on a multiple-year contract until Wallace signs his one-year tender and reports to the team”.

Because Wallace has not signed his tender, he is technically not under contract, and thus cannot be fined by the team for not appearing. Wallace, in fact, cannot report until he is under contract, which would require either signing his one year tender offer or reaching an agreement on a long-term deal with the Steelers.

With the organization unwilling to negotiate until he reports, however, he will be forced to sign his tender and report before his goal of a long-term contract can be reached. The Steelers have a long-standing policy of not negotiating with holdouts, the most notable in recent years being with Hines Ward, who recently retired as the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver in numerous categories.

Steelersfan87
07-25-2012, 04:35 PM
I gotta believe that he'll be in camp soon, tender signed, with negotiations ongoing. The strange thing about this situation is that it seems to be in the best interests of both parties for Wallace to report. For Wallace to achieve his goals, he needs to come to an agreement with the Steelers, or else have a great season this year. All the positive outcomes seem to require that he be in camp, learning this offense.

Right, he basically has no choice now. As I wrote above (and here (http://www.examiner.com/article/steelers-wallace-no-shows-opening-of-camp-team-expected-to-suspend-negotiation?cid=db_articles)), he HAS to sign the tender now because the Steelers won't negotiate until he shows up, and he's not allowed to show up without a contract. Therefore, to get to his goal of a long-term contract, he must first sign the tender and report.

Vis
07-25-2012, 04:37 PM
I'm not worried. Even if he's played his last down as a Steeler

TheVet
07-25-2012, 06:01 PM
Well, at this point this thread is over. Wallace has decided to cross the line. See you all on the other thread!