Ah, training camp. It’s a wonderful time of year. A new football season is just around the corner. Steeler Nation will make the trek out to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA just to catch a glimpse of Steelers football. It just makes you want to sing “Kumbayah.”
But alas, we’ve lost that Kumbayah feeling.
Mike Wallace remains unsigned, and the Steelers have suspended negotiations with the young receiver. If Wallace wants a long term deal, he must first sign the $2.472 million tender offered by the team. Once he signs, then negotiations are back on the table.
Wallace, who still has not signed, was a no-show on the first day of camp. Head Coach Mike Tomlin had this to say about Wallace’s absence:
“Obviously Mike Wallace was not here today. I don’t know when he’s going to be here. Obviously we have a desire for him to be here. We want him to be a part of this thing both short term and long term. We’ve been in negotiations with him. He’s not here today. It’s unfortunate for him.
“One thing that experience has taught me is that this is bigger than all of us. It’s bigger than Mike, it’s bigger than me, so I mean that when I say it’s unfortunate for him that he’s not here.”
Wallace has some catching up to do. He’s missed all offseason workouts and meetings thus far. Considering the Steelers have a new Offensive Coordinator in Todd Haley, Mr. Wallace may need to be brought up to speed on the new system. In the meantime, Emmanuel Sanders takes Wallace’s spot in the lineup.
“I definitely will be in his spot at the ‘X’ position,” Sanders said. “But I got a good feeling that sometime, hopefully, about four to five, or three days, Mike will be showing up. It will definitely be different, it’s going to be OTAs all over again.”
I really like Sanders and hope he has a chance to shine while Wallace holds out, however long that may be. In all likelihood Wallace will get the start once he returns, but showcasing some depth can’t hurt.
For their part, the Steelers have been wheeling and dealing of late. The Steelers have managed to ink veteran Max Starks, sign first round rookie David DeCastro, and secure a three-year extension for Mike Tomlin. All that’s left now is getting Mike Wallace to sign, and the ball is firmly in his court.