The Mike Wallace holdout has finally come to an end after 35 days. The fourth year receiver seeking a long-term contract, will sign his restricted free agent tender today and arrived at the Steelers southside complex within the 11:00 a.m. hour.
Wallace will have to pass a physical before he is permitted to participate in any team activies. He has been training in Florida the past couple weeks.
Wallace will meet with the media following the Steelers afternoon practice and many are very intrigued about what he has to say as he hasn’t spoken publicly since a national radio interview in March during the RFA signing period where he indicated he wanted to be paid and would have interest in playing for New England or San Francisco. Wallace though did not receive any interest as a restricted free agent nor did any teams bring him in for a visit. The Steelers broke off talks with Wallace on July 25, the first day of camp, but could resume talks leading up to September 9th to see if Wallace’s demands have come down.
Wallace did give his first interview with linebacker turned reporter James Harrison minutes ago.
The return of Wallace gives the Steelers one of the best receivers corps in the game with Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery and Heath Miller at tight end. The Steelers passing offense has been stagnant at times in the preseason, showing little to no big play ability through the air without Wallace.
Wallace will not play in the preseason finale Thursday night.