Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace was absent from the first OTA session on Tuesday as expected, but he was in town last week and talked to head coach Mike Tomlin according to Tomlin himself.
Tomlin was asked following the first OTA session if he was disappointed that Wallace was not present and Tomlin replied, “Not all, man. This is a business, its an element of the business. Mike came in and we visited last week. We had good communications. This process is going to run its course. We know what type of young man that he is. Hes a hard working, diligent young man.” Tomlin continued, “It\’ll be over. It\’ll be a little short term misery, but it wont be significant in the grande scheme of things hopefully.
It was also reported on Tuesday that Wallace did pick up his new playbook while in town and fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was quoted by Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as saying about his teammate, “We are waiting for a deal to get done.”
Wallace has been working out on his own back home in Louisiana as he looks to hopefully get a new long-term deal done. He has not yet signed the one-year tender of a little more than $2.7 million that the Steelers offered the restricted free agent prior to the start of free agency.