Mark Kaboly | Tribune Review
He needs to show up to camp … he needs to show good faith to the organization … he is being selfish.
With the Mike Wallace holdout reaching its third day, the court of public opinion has been heavily weighted toward the organization’s side.
And probably for good reason.
Wallace was offered a 5-year deal in the range of $50 million, but he decided that wasn’t enough.
Now, the Steelers have had enough.
With the organization going out of their comfort zone and signing Antonio Brown to a 5-year, $42 million contract on Friday two years before his contract was up, the Steelers sent a strong and potent message to Wallace – don’t mess with us when it comes to contract negotiations.
There is no way Wallace will get the money he wants now from the Steelers now since Brown signed.
Sure, they could always franchise him next year that would cost them close to $10 million for one season (something they absolutely can’t afford next year being already approximately $15-18 million over the cap), but that’s unlikely.
But before that, can the relationship be repaired at all to allow the Steelers to even consider that?
Wallace’s best option now is to not sign his tender until he has to (Nov. 13) and hope that the Steelers don’t franchise him next year so he can be an unrestricted free agent. There’s really nothing financially in it for Wallace to sign his tender and report to camp now.
As Gordon Gekko said in the movie “Wall Street”, Greed is good … well, in this case, not for Mike Wallace.
Greed cost Mike Wallace a job with the Steelers.