Report: Mike Wallace Prepared To Not Sign His Tender & Sit Out Offseason Workouts

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday on NFL Live that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace has no plans to sign his one-year, $2.742 million tender. Schefter added that Wallace plans to sit out all of the Steelers offseason workouts until the two sides reach a long-term contract agreement.

The restricted free agent deadline of April 20 is now 9 days away and while this report has not been confirmed by Wallace or anyone with the Steelers, it is plausible. As plausible as it might seem, it is not a good idea for Wallace to try to strong arm the Steelers front office as a negotiation tactic. His agent Bus Cook should know this as well. Wallace needs another accrued season to be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent and the Steelers know this.

If indeed Wallace does refuse to sign his tender, the Steelers will likely stop negotiations until he signs his tender and reports. The downside is that Wallace could likely miss a crucial part of the offseason OTA sessions as new offensive coordinator Todd Haley installs his new offense, but it is not the end of the world as long as he is in training camp on time.

Should the Steelers cave to his demands, it would set a bad precedent for future negotiations with other players down the road. Hopefully the news is not true and Wallace signs his tender in good faith that a long term agreement can be reached prior to the start of the season.

  • Intropy

    What counts as a season accrued? If Wallace held out a regular season game then signed, would he be restricted in 2013 as well?

  • Clintmartin

    Trade him to the Raiders!

  • BossSteelerChick

    I’m having a hard time with this! I just can’t believe it.

  • Jprankster2005

    I can’t stand him….. I know he’s a steeler but all he’s worried about is money….. I’m sure they have offered him what he’s worth but he is wanting way more…… I hope he sit’s out and losses money……. The steelers will not cave into his demands if they planned on doing that he would already have a deal…… If anything every day that passes they got more leverage…..

  • Broderick Wallace

    Sounds like media propaganda to me. If Wallace thinks he is as good as Larry Fitzgerald, he needs to pull his head out of his arse.

  • Theqss71

    What is it with these young players anymore? and we had to let Hines go

  • He’ll sign his tender and report by camp time…bad news is he’s hurting the team in the short term. This is not a good move on his part. Not too bright at all.

  • Daveb1952

    Frankly, I hope we do sign him to a long term contract. Not being there for the OTA which is where Haley is going to be installing his offense, is stupid. I understand his point, 2 million is a bit light for his talent, and we do have some cap room to sign him to a decent contract.

  • I think people are being too critical of Wallace. This isn’t a situation where a player is threatening to hold out in the middle of his contract. Wallace doesn’t have a contract with the Steelers. You can’t fault him for not wanting to play under a one year contract, or for trying to get a deal, based on what he feels he is worth. Most NFL players only get one bite at the free agency apple, so they have to make the most of it.

  • LouPGH

    To my fellow commenters: Let’s all take a deep breath and look at the facts.

    (1) They’re negotiating; no one is crying foul because the Steelers don’t just give in to his demands.
    (2) Wallace is a very talented, productive professional athlete just beginning to approach the prime of his career. He didn’t make Matthew Stafford money coming out of college. He has every reason in the world to be concerned about long-term financial security. If he showed up to off-season workouts and blew out his knee, had complications rehabbing, and could never play again, none of us are going to lose sleep over his being cut.
    (3) There is still time to get a deal done. Ward held out and Steelers Nation seems to have forgiven him. I think the Steelers have a lot of leverage in this situation and Wallace is trying to do what he can while there’s still time to push them higher. Let’s wait to criticize him until something he does actually harms the team.

    I’m not saying I’m happy about everything he’s done during his tenure in Pittsburgh, but for the most part he’s been excellent on the field and by all accounts a pretty good guy off the field. Can we give him the benefit of the doubt until he’s no longer wearing Black and Gold?


  • chris dimarino

    I get a lot of fans’ anger at this situation. While part of me understands its in his nature to ensure he gets paid, another part always seems to think the Steelers wouldn’t low-ball him and draw out this process. It’s unfortunate that while the drafts seem to be loaded with more talent then ever before, the amount of quality character guys that can be the face of an organization like Hines are dwindling.

  • Great points. What has me scratching my head, is the recent FA signings by the Steelers. I realize that it probably didn’t cost the team much money to sign Pope and Cotchery, but based on the teams amount of cap space, I would think that those resources would be needed to sign Wallace to a long term deal. It’s crazy to think that Wallace is going to play for anything less than the deal DeSean Jackson signed this off-season (5 years/$51M). It’s equally crazy to think that Wallace is going to play under a 1 year/$2.7M contract. Unless I am underestimating the Steelers salary cap situation, I see these signings as a signal that the Steelers don’t feel they are close to reaching a deal with Wallace, and are looking to make a trade.

  • Cols714

    I don’t see why Steelers fan are upset by this. It’s called contract negotiations. No one cares about training camp, especially for a 4th year receiver. It should also be noted that he hasn’t yet missed any camps or anything like that


    He’ll eventually sign and we’ll all move on.

  • Cols714

    Can the moderators please let comments just appear instead of getting approval?

  • SteelersDepot

    Needs to play six games I believe or at least on the roster for six games.

  • Jprankster2005

    Well he ain’t a loyal Steeler……. When you throw it out there u want to play in New England or San Fran…… And 2.75 million for his 4th season ain’t bad…… Unless u have a great job most people on average make 1 million there entire lifetime…… So I don’t feel bad for athletes they work 6 to 7 months a yr. and make more in 1 yr. then most people do in a lifetime…….That’s the problem with athletes…… We need more blue collar athletes….. I’m sure the steelers offered him a deal that would set him up and future generations up for a long time……. So know i don’t feel bad when they try to squeeze every dime…… Especially knowing we need to address other positions and they want all the money and have no room to sign others or screw it up for next yr… The steelers will let him walk next yr. if he doesn’t take what they offer….. They don’t jump for noone……. And he can easily be replaced just like Burress Holmes etc…

  • Jprankster2005

    Jackson has a more all around game than wallace….. If he just would do what he is capable of doing and not screw around and whine…… Wallace only has advantage on Jackson with speed and that’s it…… If personalities were the same I would much rather have Jackson……. Brown is more like Jackson with the overall game…… I think the 5 yr. 50 million should be the most Wallace get’s if that…… But hey I could be wrong…..

  • Jprankster2005

    Wallace was a 3rd round pick…… I think we can find a replacement for him next yr. in the draft….. Brown is better all around player anyways sign him to the long term and let wallace walk……. He thinks he’s top reciver in game obviolusy……. Wasn’t even in top 5 reciving…… Welker played 5 yrs. around 17 or 18 million stop whining and go to work or sit out and lose money…… Or sign the contract the steelers think your worth….. This guy will never be the face of the franchise and shouldn’t be…….

  • Sam

    He has to play this season, the team holds all the cards. Just don’t think they will want to do a long term deal now. They will draft a WR and deal with him in February

  • Wbsenter

    Wallace must think he’s better than Hines Ward, John Stallworth, and Lynn Swann all together. Lets see where he stands when he is throu playing football. I remember how Franco Harris held out in his last year with the Steelers. If Franco had only used what brains we asume he had, he would have broken Jim Browns NFL rushing record. But the Seattle Seahawks weren’t the rushing team the Steelers were back then. We will see what happens with Wallace. Players tghat get ” big” heads don’t help themselves or the team. They just don’t understand this.

  • LOC

    Love Ward as much as anyone, but be honest. He disappeared most of last season and wouldn’t have even gotten to 1000 without Arians tripling down on those failing bubble screens to him.

  • Teddy Bowers

    Without moderators, people such as myself with diarrhea of the mouth disease and comedian at heart would probably blabber all day with runaway idiocy… (not to mention the evil hearted TROLLS that lurk), keep the likes of me out, please, I beg of you. I can’t stand my own stupid comments at most occasions.

  • You may be right about Jackson having a better all around game. That said, Wallace is more productive than Jackson, and unlike Jackson, Wallace doesn’t get hurt.

  • Eric87

    Yeah everyone needs to calm down. They will offer him a fair deal and if he doesn’t take it he will be gone. If he doesn’t play this season he is just screwing himself. The main part of the deal not getting done already is the amount of money he wants for the next 2 years. They can probably inflate the deal when the new tv contracts kick in. Wallace is one of my favorite players, but he isn’t worth more than 10mil per year. He has to be a bit upset that no other team has offered him anything, but this does show how other teams value his demands as well, the 49ers probably laughed at him when he said 8 yrs 120 mil

  • Mmlspl

    Didn’t Jackson do that to the Chargers a couple of years ago whether came back for the last six years of the season.

  • LouPGH

    I feel where you’re coming from; when you’re talking about sums of money that large it’s hard to see the difference a few million dollars makes.

    That said, these guys don’t get paid to play college ball and most of them have been working at their game like it was a full time job (or more) since they were in high school. This is probably is best shot at a bona fide pay day, and like I said, he’s a speedster so all it takes is one injury. (And granted, there are perks that come along with playing and a lot of us would trade places for a lot less.)

    He might be overvaluing his talent at the margins, but the amount of money they make by putting a good product on the field dwarfs the money he’s trying to get.

    One other thought: Some of his tweets make him seem a bit immature (especially compared to a kid like AB who just seems to naturally know how to market himself off the field), but from what I’ve read he’s not a bad guy or bad teammate. I’d like to see them keep him, AB, and Sanders together for another few years as I think they compliment one another well.

  • LouPGH

    Well, Dave pointed out just how little the investment in Pope his contract might turn out to be, and it sounded as though they wanted to resign Cotchery all along, so I’m not reading too much into that.

    But you’re right that it’s unsettling that they have yet to come to an agreement with Wallace. I can’t imagine they’re THAT far apart, unless he really is living in fantasy land.

  • Steelerfanmatt1933

    Wallace absolutely would play on the 1 yr / 2.7 deal. If he doesn’t, he’s still an RFA next year.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    My personal thought is that since we are signing FA’s…we are probably really close to signing Wallace…just a few minor details need to be worked out.

  • RKboxcar

    Wallace would be watching the season from his living room! Don’t negotiate, kep him and let him sit.

  • PoKey21

    Steelers have all the power. Let him sit out, o well he needs another season to go anywhere. And if he does sign his tender an is unhappy about it he still has to perform for potential suitors the next season. If he doesnt his market value will drop and he will be offered less then what he is getting now.

  • Man532

    I see both sides of this argument having played football from the age of 7 all the way through high school. That’s 11 years of summer, fall, and spring lifting weights, running, and studying. Then you add 4 years of college, that’s 15 years at your profession for the chance to change the life of your family forever. So yes, I understand Mike’s position.

    However, Mike Wallace is not the most adept blocking wide receiver and is always looking for a soft place to land on the football field. He’s route running in the middle of the field is suspect and definitely wants no part of the hits that our HOF WR’s have taken in the name of the Steelers. Do I think he’s worth Desean Jackson money, yes definitely, but let’s understand that Desean will never see the $50 mln maybe the guaranteed money and Mike should focus on the guaranteed money.

  • Stan

    That’s the one piece of leverage Wallace holds. He could take the “nuclear option” and show up for only the last six games, at which point he’d probably be useless to the team but still take up the salary cap space.. He’d only get 6/16 of his salary but he’d be free (or subject to being a franchise tag).

  • Jacksonj007

    I agree. Also this article in my opinion is a tad bit misleading. Since nothing has been confirmed by either side, this is mere speculation at best. this looks like something the media hopes happen, when in reality eerything is moving at a certain pace based on what is happening conserning the draft.

  • Clintmartin

    It is early BUT if he won’t sign when camp comes around I would honestly consider trading him to a team that will pay him and Steelers can get something in return.
    The main problem is he thinks he should get paid Larry Fitzgerald money. That is just ridiculous, If he keeps his numbers the same the next 4 years maybe.
    Steelers will NEVER pay him what he was asking San Fran for.

  • Jacksonj007

    SMH… so true…I hope he runs for mayor

  • Clintmartin

    I totally agree with your comment he isn’t a pimple on Fitzgeralds BUM, Not even close to the athletic catches Larry makes, he is a deep threat but not in the same class.

  • SteelersDepot

    How is the article misleading?

  • Youshined2day