WR Mike Wallace will end holdout, joining Steelers
Wide receiver Mike Wallace is expected to end his lengthy holdout and join the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wallace will sign his one-year tender worth $2.742 million. A restricted free agent this offseason, Wallace did not receive an offer from another team, reverting his rights back to the Steelers exclusively. He refused to sign the one-year tender they offered him and hoped to sign a long-term contract with the team. While he held out, the Steelers agreed to a six-year, $42.5 million extension with fellow WR Antonio Brown.
Not only did Wallace skip all of training camp and spring practices, he must quickly learn the playbook of new Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley.
Assuming he indeed joins the team this weekend, Wallace has just two weeks to prepare for the Steelers regular-season opener in Denver on September 9. Wallace would be eligible to play in their final preseason game against Carolina on August 30.
Known to be one of the best deep threats in the NFL, Wallace has averaged 18.7 yards per reception in his three-year career. Last season, he finished with 72 receptions for 1193 yards and 8 touchdowns.