While Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, at least publicly, doesn’t appear too concerned about Mike Wallace being a no show this off-season, Steelers owner Art Rooney II believes Wallace should be here.
“He should be here, ” Rooney said today at the Steelers practice facility.
Negotiations have yet to progress between the Steelers and Wallace as agent Bus Cooke is said to be demanding guaranteed money in the $27 – $32 million range, one team source indicates.
Wallace has until June 15th to sign his $2.72 million tender. If Wallace, as expected, doesn’t sign the tender by Friday, the team could reduce the tender.
With Pittsburgh still having hopes of signing Wallace long-term, they are unlikely to do that. Wallace believes he has outplayed his rookie contract which is why he is holding out.