With Steelers restricted free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace facing a Friday deadline to sign an offer sheet with another team, it now is expected that he will return to Pittsburgh for the 2012 season, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Hensley: Wallace never caught a break
Mike Wallace just never caught a break this offseason, and the major benefactor is the Steelers, writes Jamison Hensley. Blog
No team has made a significant run yet at Wallace, and it is not expected that one will, sources told Schefter.
Last month, sources told ESPN.com's John Clayton that the Steelers had made a one-year offer to Wallace worth a first-round tender -- meaning any team signing Wallace to an offer sheet would have to part with a first-round pick.
If Wallace does not sign his tender -- worth a reported $2.7 million -- by June 15, the Steelers can reduce it to 110 percent of last year's salary and still retain his rights.
Steelers team president Art Rooney II has said the team wants to sign Wallace to a multiyear contract.
I hear that a lot too, he never caught a break. What break do you think he deserved? He's a 3rd yr player with a bright future on one of the best teams in the NFL every year. Bus Cook should know by now how the Steelers work and this whole offseason media circus was never going to force the Rooney's hands for anyone.
The fumble by Mendenhall can't be blamed on Wallace, he just flat out didn't hang onto it like he was supposed too and of course nobody blocked Matthews.
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