Mike Wallace Hopes To Get New Contract, Wants To Stay In Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace met the media on Tuesday for the first time since signing his one-year, $2.74 million restricted tender and he was asked about the possibilities of him signing a new long-term deal prior to the start of the season.

“I\’m not really worried about a contract, Wallace said. “I\’m just really here to play football. I\’m not really worried about no contracts, or nothing like that. That\’s in the past. That\’s the business side. I\’m not really worried about that, I\’m just here to play football, that\’s it.”

Wallace was later asked if he thought he would be able to work out an extension.

“That’s down the road,” the Pro Bowl receiver said. “Hopefully I can. I would love to be here. This is the team that drafted me and this is where I want to stay. I am not really worried about down the road. I am worried about just playing football right now. That’s it. That’s really the only thing on my mind.”

“You all might think I am just saying that but that’s it,” Wallace exclaimed. “I am not worried about none of that. That was business. I am not on that right now. I am here to play football, that’s it. I am here with my teammates and happy to see the guys. There was a lot of smiles and a lot of love and that’s all that really matters to me.”

If you are curious if Wallace has any regrets as to how he handled the entire situation, he doesn\’t.

“Nah, that’s the past,” Wallace said to the throng of reporters. “I am not worried about that. I don’t dwell on the past. I am worried about right now, that’s it. I don’t have any regrets. Anything I do in life I don’t regret it. I am grown man, that’s what I do. Whatever I do, that’s what I did.”

Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked after the Tuesday practice if there was a time table related to getting something done contractually with Wallace now that he has reported and signed his restricted tender.

“We really haven\’t discussed any of those things,” said Tomlin. “He really just got here and is going about the check in procedure in terms of visiting with the doctors and so forth. Those discussions hadn\’t been had and really probably won\’t be had in the next 24-48 hours. We\’re singularly focused on this performance that we have in front of us Thursday night.”

Wallace is not able to practice until Monday, so that is when the evaluation will begin of where he currently is at from a mental and physical standpoint. While there is still cap space and time to get a long-term deal done with Wallace, it will likely come in the 11th hour if it happens. The Steelers will likely travel to Denver a week from this coming Saturday, so that figures to be the deadline on when a new deal can get done as the Steelers generally do not discuss contracts once the regular season begins.

For now we have to just be happy that Wallace is back in Pittsburgh and has time to prepare for the season opener.

  • SteelSpine

    A coupla discerns:
    – The extra reps Ben had said he will spend with Wallace to help Wallace catch up coulda been used to help Emmanuel Sanders. Emmanuel needs that help now from throwers too, & Emmanuel has been here working with his team. I think the upcoming crash-course reps which will have to be dedicated to Wallace, takes away from team-players who were here the entire time.
    – I suggest the coaches say: “OK Mike here’s EVERY play on offense this year: YOU just run straight long downfield to stretch the field & we’ll throw the ball instead to the players who actually know the plays & practiced the TIMING with QB because THOSE receivers were here.”
    – Recievers who dont work-out enough during offseason & preseason tend to then pull hamstrings. The same teammate(s) who during Wallace’s holdout said Wallace was working out throughout back then, are the same teammat(e)s/sources who said Wallace would report a month ago. So those source(s) not reliable. If Wallace pulls a hamstring early in reg season after all the time spent to get him caught-up, what has been accomplished then.
    – The Steelers players & coaches today saying a receiver Wallace “is not a running back etc therefore wont have any problem being ready for the 1st regular-season game”, what message did that send to other receivers (& him) for NEXT years’ OTAs/preseason(s)?
    – Somehow the guy is going to have to survive this year on $2.7 million. 🙂

  • Chris S

    You’re just bitter…get over it…jeeez.

  • Intropy

    – Sanders already got those extra reps by virtue of Wallace not being in camp to take the share he otherwise would have.
    – I suggest the coaches use the players they have in the way that maximizes chances of winning (or on a larger scale the chances of advancing through the playoffs). Maybe having Wallace fun fly routes all day does that, but I doubt it.
    – That would be quite a shame, but every report I’ve read suggested that Wallace has actually been working out.
    – I think the messaging here has been consistent and good. They value their players. They will negotiate with them in good faith. Once camp starts they will not negotiate with absent players. Players who have reported are treated as members of the team. Sure being kind to players returning from absence could encourage absence, but it also encourages the return. I notice that this behavior looks somewhat like the strategy of tit-for-tat with forgiveness, which is generally pretty stressful.
    – I think I could manage that. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see a long term deal before the season starts.

  • Brendon Glad

    Can someone educate me on a question that has driven me nuts every time I hear a player or analyst say “its totally different with the pads on.” So why don’t NFL players train in pads and helmet? Why aren’t 40 times timed in them as well at the combine? Is it a liability thing. I see them training with ropes tied to a sled so it confuses me. It would be like NBA player combine working with a women’s ball on a nine foot goal. Feel free to make me look stupid I’ve thought about it enough I’d just like the answer at this point

  • Brendon Glad

    Every single combine I listen to someone say, “Jerry rice got FASTER when he put the pads on.” If I were an NFL scout, that would seem to be a little nugget I’d like to have in my report, no?

  • SteelerDave

    In large, I agree with you and the criticism of Wallace.

    – Sorry but I agree with Intropy here. Sanders has already had the extra reps. Should Ben and Wallace decide to spend extra time together on top of team practice (how I understood Ben’s comment) then I am all for that.

    – Yes, arguably the biggest thing Wallace brings is opening up things underneath for Brown, Sanders and Crotchery as well as Miller and RBs. However, although Wallace can only run a small amount of route types he does deserve the football when he can get open. The kid does have elite speed.

    – Totally agree. His conditioning and training methods on his own are likely not to NFL standards and well supervised and so he does run a higher injury risk. O hope he can remain injury free and I would like to see him in a limited amount of snaps the first few games to reduce this risk.

    – Agree in part here as well. I actually think they made this statement more on Wallace’s play style – run fast and straight and stretch the field. Where he will be behind is knowing the terminology but then for Wallace who runs a very limited number of routes that seldom adjust for an opponent blitz he isn’t being asked near as much as even our other WRs.

    – I would like to see him signed for five years and to develop into a more rounded WR. He has good hands to go along with his speed it is simply other areas of his game which are still keeping him from being elite. If he plays for the 2.7 then leaves, I won’t shed many tears but it is a hole to fill. If he signs long term and compliments his game by working on his weaknesses then I’d be pleased.

    – Additionally I will say this, why does any athlete who is educated and has gone to college still speak so much with double negatives and abuse of the English language?

  • Brendon Glad

    I guess someone thinks I’m being a wise-ass. I’m not. So when a Revision pulls a whammy and the experts say “there’s a big difference between training in shorts and training in pads ” ill just assume he couldn’t afford a pair of pads and a helmet which explains the contract dispute

  • Brendon Glad


  • Brendon Glad

    Because he’s speaking conversational English. The goal of conversational English is merely to be understood. And most people understand double negatives mean “no”. Both Spanish and African language brought this over and it has gradually become understood relatively easily since using double negatives to mean “yes” has not been correct ENGLISH English for a good long while.

  • Brendon Glad

    Notice all the grammatical and punctuation errors in my last post…and I’m an English major. But who cares? Its NFL football. If it were a dissertation I’d type and proofread with much greater care…and so would Wallace, I suspect

  • SteelerDave

    With all due respect good sir, I suggest you speak with a knowledgeable professor about the history of the double negative. To simply state that it was Spanish and African languages which brought this over is wrong.

    Languages where multiple negatives intensify each other are said to have negative concord which is to intensify the negation. It was normal in Old English and Middle English which died out in the 18th century. Other languages do have negative concord such as Portuguese, French, Persian, Africaans and Spanish, while Latin and German as well as Standard English do not have negative concord.

    What he is speaking may be considered “conversational English” however it is African American Vernacular English which is much like Cockney (spoken by working class Londoners).

    Simply because people here in the USA are becoming use to the double negatives does not mean it is correct. To many educated people it still shows a speaker’s lower-class or uneducated status which is a shame as NFL players are mostly college graduates.

  • SteelerDave

    As fans, the majority of us being working class people lucky to make a million dollars in one’s life, we have a right to feel bitter.

  • Brendon Glad

    I said “in English-English for a good long while”. I’m aware of it in OE añd the others.I was shortening to speak more on the likely source of dialect passed down in MW ancestry. We will have to agree to disagree. I think a player needs to speak in a comfortable way when speaking to reporters. Because they hear him in the locker room off the record. If he changes up his vernacular from his normal every day way of speaking, he is likely to get his sincerity questioned by both media ans fans alike.

  • Brendon Glad

    Lord knows anything they say can and will be used against them in the court of public opinion. They have enough to worry about, don’t they?

  • Brendon Glad

    And I did like your football stuff. Not trying to fight. You just happened to hit my pet-peeve. I carefully crafted my philosophy of language as a 3.99 English ed student and get irritated when people nit-pick on conversational grammar. Nathaniel Hawthorne probably had as great of a mastery of American English as anyone in history. And if he came on an NFL board and spoke like he did, people would prob copy/paste and send to their friends saying “look at this tool’s post” times change, brutha

  • SteelerDave

    I do understand your point as I believe you understand my point. Agreeing to disagree over some aspects is fine. I simply wish the English language was not being as abused as it is in today’s world. I despise all forms of racism and class judgement but sadly, when a player speaks to the media such as he does, it invites unfair judgement. I fear so many youth today have no concept of such aspects of how they come across.

  • Brendon Glad

    I do. And would say I agree with u 100% on qbs and coaches. And ours speak very well. But definitely off-putting when jemarcus Russell spoke like that. Or early mike vick