Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender offer with the team, but his teammates think the Pro Bowl performer will return soon. Alan Robinson of the Tribune-Review recently interviewed Pittsburgh players about Wallace's holdout, and WR Emmanuel Sanders said he thinks Wallace will be back soon. "We don't know the exact date, but we're looking forward to getting him back in and looking forward to him making those big-time plays he's capable of making."
Neal Coolong at Behind The Steel Curtain notes that with the star wideout only one step away from signing his tender offer and reporting to training camp, the issue is still about how much Wallace is actually worth:
Regardless of Wallace's reason, an NFL team needs only a reason to not pay a player $25 million guaranteed, and from the Steelers' perspective, they can, and probably will, hold a grudge.
...At the risk of sounding presumptuous, I'm going to assume Wallace does not possess another skill that is valued at tens of millions of dollars. Having an ability to make that kind of money is about as rare as finding a diamond with a four-leaf clover growing out of it. The ultimate goal for him is to profit the most he can, because odds are excellent he will have a shorter life, will be pain as he ages and won't have much of a job in his post-playing career.
Every interested party ultimately wants Wallace to return to the team, but it's still a matter of what terms will dictate that move.