Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have given Antonio Brown a contract extension, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t expect Mike Wallace to show up at all during the next three weeks.
“The deal for Brown practically assured that Wallace will not show up for training camp over the three weeks the Steelers spend at Saint Vincent College near Latrobe, unless he has one big change of heart,” Bouchette wrote. “If he was unwilling to accept their offer and to hold out before they took some of that money and invested it in Brown, why would he now be willing to take less on a long-term deal?
“His only recourse to rejoin the team, as Colbert indicated even before Brown’s deal was finished, is to sign his one-year, $2.7 million contract offer, report to camp and go from there. Brown’s deal makes it highly unlikely that Wallace will get anywhere near what he wants in a multiple-year deal from the Steelers.”
Sooner or later Wallace will have to show up and the sign his tender. It’s unrealistic to think he’ll hold out for the entire season and choose to not collect a pay check, even if it’s not the kind of money he wants.