Wallace Not Expected for Start of Steelers OTAs This Week

The Steelers will begin OTA’s on Tuesday and will likely be without wide receiver Mike Wallace and two offensive line starters.

Wallace has not signed the one-year, $2,742,000 tender offered him as a restricted free agent, and various reports say he will not do so before Tuesday.

Wallace is not required to sign the tender and the only thing required of any of their players — provided they are under contract — is to attend minicamp June 12-14, which will end these spring sessions.

Come June 15, however, the Steelers are permitted to change the amount of that tender to 110 percent of Wallace’s 2011 salary. That would reduce his ’12 salary to $577,000. Sources say they will not do that, at least not before training camp opens.

Two rookies possibly being counted on to start on the line cannot report for OTAs either. The top two draft picks, guard David DeCastro and tackle Mike Adams, cannot attend until the semesters end at their schools. That means Adams, of Ohio State, will miss through the first week of June. DeCastro will miss all of OTAs and minicamp because Stanford’s spring quarter goes through mid-June.

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4 Comments

  • Ben Dover

    They should have traded him for a first round draft choice in this draft. Why keep him around? Get rid of him before he becomes a poison to the team and get something in return for him. The Steelers front office isn’t forward-thinking enough for that.

  • I agree with Ben or just say next !!!

  • Maybe they tried to trade him and no one wanted to give up a first rounder for him? No team was going to sign him as an RFA because of the amount of money he was asking and the team would have to give us a 1st round pick. Trades are not as easy as people think, that’s why they don’t happen that often in the NFL.

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