CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08: Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steeler star receiver Mike Wallace is still holding out of training camp. This is an ordeal that may not reach a resolution any time soon. Wallace has skipped OTA's, mini camp, and all of training camp thus far. He is looking for a long-term contract to replace his non-guaranteed tender worth about $2.7 million. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said that there has not been much contact with Wallace, and that they will not negotiate with him until he reports to camp:
"Yeah there's really no contact," Colbert said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "Mike knows where things stand. The next step for him really is to report and to sign his tender, and until that happens, there won't be anything else. And if that happens, nobody knows where it will go from there."
With an unhappy Wallace, it would seem to make some sense for the Steelers to trade him. Colbert has said that a trade is not going to happen:
"No, Mike's not available (in a trade)," Colbert said. "We have as big a need for a big-play receiver as anybody. We want him to be here and Mike wants to be here long term. So he's not available."
Will Wallace join his teammates any time soon? Or will he hold out as long as possible? I think I speak for many Bengal fans when I say that he should kick back and take it easy this season.