On Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace accidentally retweeted a tweet on Twitter from a troller stating that he would not be with the Steelers this season. His mistake must have prompted a pretty good response on the social media platform as he has since deleted the retweet and posted a response stating: “Didn\’t mean to retweet that I will be with #steelernation” and another immediately after that that stated: “Just read what someone wrote”
Didn\’t mean to retweet that I will be with #steelernation
— Mike Wallace (@Wallace17_daKid) June 18, 2012
Wallace has been pretty quiet all off-season in regard to his restricted free agency situation. Outside of a few interviews he gave prior to the free agency period starting, he, nor his agent Bus Cook, have talked to the media concerning his contract wants. Teammate Ike Taylor talked a little about what the Steelers fourth year wide receiver told him when the two joined several other Steelers players in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, but even that was second hand information.
The Monday tweet really gives us no real clarity though into when Wallace intends to sign his one-year tender of $2.74 million. Friday was the deadline for the Steelers to lower their tender offer to Wallace down to $577,000 should they have wanted to take that course of action, but as expected, they chose not to in an act of good faith. General Manager Kevin Colbert updated the status of Wallace on Friday only to say that the team remains in talks with Wallace and his agent in hopes of getting a long-term deal done by the time training camp rolls around.
Wallace missed all of the Steelers off-season practices being as he is currently not under contract and not obligated to do so. He did stop by the Steelers facilities during the first week of OTA\’s to pick up his playbook and talk to several in the organization.
The Monday affirmation by Wallace that he will be with Steeler Nation in 2012 gives a little hope that he will be in camp on time, but it is in no way considered a guarantee. Wallace wants to be a Steeler long-term and the Steelers want the same thing.