According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Steelers will not trade wide receiver Mike Wallace this season.
“The Steelers do not expect Mike Wallace to report to training camp before they depart St. Vincent College Aug. 18, but they have no intention of trading their Pro Bowl wide receiver at any point this season, a team source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,” reported Dulac.
The Steelers have decided to wait a bit before they bring in a veteran receiver to replace Wallace.
“The source also said the Steelers will wait several weeks before they decide if they need to sign a veteran free-agent receiver,” Dulac reported.
The Steelers aren’t sure if they’ll be able to give Wallace a long-term deal now that they’ve ended negotiations.
“But they told Wallace they will not have any further discussions on a potential long-term contract until he signs his tender and reports to the team.
“The Steelers are not overly optimistic they can sign Wallace to a long-term deal, but he can still play for them this season and then be labeled a “franchise” or “transition” player in 2013,” Dulac wrote.
Head coach Mike Tomlin is no longer a supporter of Wallace.
“Wallace’s holdout has upset Coach Mike Tomlin, who is no longer supportive of his big-play receiver, a team source said,” wrote Dulac.