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Old 07-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #21
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Default Re: Wallace a no-show; Steelers suspend negotiations

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I will never understand this type of reaction to athletes from sports fans. It's as if they don't realize sports are businesses an athletes are employees.

1) I don't think anybody said he'll be here the first day of camp. Pretty much everybody knew this was a likely possibility.

2) The Steelers' opportunity to reduce his tender has LONG since passed.
I agree with TRH

Of course it's a business and athletes want to get paid

But two players can have similar salary expectations while one appears interested in preferring to stay put while the other one will go wherever the $$$ are higher

For example - Ward and Burress - I always thought Burress just wanted the $$$ and had no real identification with the Steelers. I was not surprised when he left and I get the same vibe with Wallace.

But life will go on with or without #17

"Obviously, we have a desire for him to be here," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We want him to be part of this thing, both short term and long term. We've been in negotiations with him. He's not here today. That's unfortunate for him."

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/81...contract-talks

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Old 07-25-2012, 07:36 PM   #22
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Default Re: Wallace a no-show; Steelers suspend negotiations

I don't believe any of these rumors, but I'm fully conditioned to not seeing him in camp, I could smell this coming

as Tomlin would say, next man up, we go with who we have
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:50 PM   #23
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Default Re: Wallace a no-show; Steelers suspend negotiations

Wallace A Holdout

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Wallace’s oldest and best friend on the team, Keenan Lewis, thinks that time will come soon.

“He’s a football player. He loves playing the game,” said Lewis. “I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want to sit out. We worked all off-season. He’s in shape. He’s ready to go.”

Lewis said the two worked out “extremely hard” together back home in New Orleans every day during the off-season, and that Lewis filled

Wallace in on the new offense as best he could.
Lewis said he’s been in daily contact with his friend since then.

“That’s my brother,” Lewis said. “He asked me questions about how the new system fit in, how he’s playing a role. I told him a couple things, a couple tips to make sure he’s ready to go.

“He just wants to be here. He’s anxious to get here. He’s ready to work. I think he’s in the best shape that he’s ever been in, as far as conditioning and running routes and stuff like that.”
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:10 PM   #24
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I agree with TRH

Of course it's a business and athletes want to get paid

But two players can have similar salary expectations while one appears interested in preferring to stay put while the other one will go wherever the $$$ are higher

For example - Ward and Burress - I always thought Burress just wanted the $$$ and had no real identification with the Steelers. I was not surprised when he left and I get the same vibe with Wallace.

But life will go on with or without #17

"Obviously, we have a desire for him to be here," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We want him to be part of this thing, both short term and long term. We've been in negotiations with him. He's not here today. That's unfortunate for him."

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/81...contract-talks

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QUESTION: Why would a guy hold out knowing he wasnt offered anything from other teams want to hold out?....He could possibly be shooting himself in the foot.
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QUESTION: Why would a guy hold out knowing he wasnt offered anything from other teams want to hold out?....He could possibly be shooting himself in the foot.
If the front office wants him bad enough, he's got them by the balls.
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Yeah but it doesnt seem that way
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He's not missing much right now. They're just packing into dorm rooms and making the rookies do silly things.
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If the front office wants him bad enough, he's got them by the balls.

seems to me that the Steelers have all the leverage, if Wallace wants a long-term contract he will need to sign his RFA tender and report to camp or the Steelers FO won't negotiate with him.

and the Steelers won't waver, history has proven that...
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:30 PM   #29
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seems to me that the Steelers have all the leverage, if Wallace wants a long-term contract he will need to sign his RFA tender and report to camp or the Steelers FO won't negotiate with him.

and the Steelers won't waver, history has proven that...
I agree, guess we'll have to wait n see how it pans out.
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95% of the players hate camp, so I could see him waiting till next week to sign the one year tender. I don't remember anyone giving Hines this much crap when he held out 2 weeks, its only been one day. lol

He will sign and steelers will work a long term deal. Even if they don't reach a deal, he will play his butt off to get one next year.
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