Steelers receiver Mike Wallace has not signed his restricted free-agent tender and has been absent from camp but Ben Roethlisberger thinks he will eventually show up.
Roethlisbeger has spoken regularly with Wallace since camp opened and even told Steelers president Art Rooney that first day at Saint Vincent College that he would fly to Louisiana to talk to his top receiver if he thought it was a good idea. He did not.
“I’ve tried to be proactive and talk to Mike,” Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today. “I just want to encourage him, let him know we love him, he’s a great teammate, he’s a great friend.
“We just want him to get here as soon as he can. Obviously, this is a business and he has to do what’s best for him. I don’t know what’s going on or what’s offered. But I just want Mike to be happy and I want him to be here because he’s a great asset to the team.”
“I don’t know what’s going on with his agent or what they’re telling each other, but he wants to be here,” Roethlisberger said. “I believe he will be here and I think he’ll be here soon.”