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Rooney Says that Wallace Should be at Minicamp

Art Rooney II is unhappy that Pro Bowl receiver Mike Wallace is not at the team’s three day minicamp.

“He should be here,” Rooney said today at Steelers minicamp.

Coach Mike Tomlin said he isn’t as concerned about Wallace missing the conditioning aspect of the offseason training activities and minicamp. But he also said he would prefer that his fourth-year receiver be here with the rest of his teammates.

“Mike has always been guy who’s in tip top condition over a 12-month calendar since we had him,” Tomlin said. “He’s a sharp guy. I’m sure he’s working at the learning element of it. But there’s no substitute for being here and being around your teammates and learning the nuances and learning from other people’s mistakes.”

“It’s probably short-term misery. Hopefully there will be some closure to this and it will be in our rear view mirror. Right now, he’d be better served if he were here working.”

Wallace has been vocal in not being around, wanting a deal that mirrors or is better than the one that Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald got. The Steelers have never paid WR’s big money – and I can’t see them starting that trend now with Wallace.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. DrGeorge

    June 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

    You’re absolutely right, Matt. The Rooneys are handling this correctly. Any NFL team that wanted Wallace for top dollar could have had him. There were no takers, because his market value is much less than he thinks it is. Wallace needs only to look to Burris or Holmes to see what becomes of a top Steelers receiver when he moves on. The perceived value and public recognition Wallace enjoys comes more from being part of the Steelers than any quality inherent in his own wonderfulness.

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