Could Things Turn Ugly?
“There is a lot of frustration with Mike right now. He wants to be here. … But at the same time he wants his paper.
Mike feels like he outperformed his last contract. But he’s dealing with a monster, and that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers … they are not going to let you dictate to them on how you feel.”
Wallace is due $2.742 million if he signs his first-round restricted agent tender by June 15, but the Steelers can reduce that to $577,000 if he decides to hold out after that date. Wallace is reportedly looking for a long-term contract in the range of other top receivers in the league like Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson.
He has been absent from the Steelers’ voluntary OTAs due to the contract dispute, but was given a copy of new OC Todd Haley’s playbook. Taylor however has some wise words for his friend and teammate.
“Mike is going to be a Pittsburgh Steeler for years to come,” Taylor said. “(But I told him), at the end of the day: Football doesn’t need you; you need football.”
Source: Tribune Review