Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange reports Friday that there has been no progress made in contract talk between the Pittsburgh Steelers and restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace. Pasquarelli goes on to declare that there has been very little negotiation going on as well with the fourth-year wide receiver out of Mississippi.
This news is of course not surprising as there is still 19 days to go before the team reports to Latrobe for training camp. It is still unknown if Wallace, who has yet to sign his one-year restricted tender offer of $2.74 million, will report to camp on time or if he will continue his offseason holdout. Teammate Ike Taylor, who has talked to Wallace quite a bit this offseason, has said in several recent interviews that Wallace will be in camp, but that he just doesn\’t know exactly when that will be.
Judging by past negotiations with players, the Steelers are unlikely to negotiate with Wallace until he signs his tender, but that is in no way set in stone. All of that said, it is very possible that Wallace might not be in camp on time. While several media reports indicate that the two sides are very far apart in terms of a new contract, neither side has voiced such a thing.
To summarize, the news is that there is no new news, but it sure it makes for increased website traffic during the slowest part of the offseason.