The Wallace Holdout
Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial
|Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
By Nathan Bays
Steelers Fever Columnist
Mike Wallace’s holdout was a business decision — and a good one.
It’s sure been a rough going, Steelers fans…
Offensive and Defensive Steelers’ legends, James Farrior and Hines Ward we’re released this off-season, and to put the cherry on top, Mike Wallace’s future in Pittsburgh is uncertain.
Many Steelers fans have expressed their disapproval of Mike Wallace’s actions and decisions this off-season, but in reality, his decisions make perfect sense.
Enter Steelers’ rookie Offensive Guard David DeCastro.
In the first quarter of the August 23rd preseason matchup in Buffalo, DeCastro tore his MCL, dislocated his knee-cap and suffered damage to his Patellar tendon — all in just one play.
DeCastro, who was already projected as a starter, will miss as much as half of this season due to his injuries, a big blow to an offensive line that has gained a lot of negative criticism over the past few years.
But where does Mike Wallace come into the equation, you say?
Lets just say that if Mike Wallace we’re to have suffered an injury as severe as DeCastro’s under a one-year tender, his chances at landing a big time contract immediately lose steam, and in the NFL, it’s all about making as much money as you can over a period of no more than 20 years.
That’s all it is. The Steelers broke off contract negotiations as training camp began, and Wallace, knowing that signing the tender would require him to particpate in all team activities, made the decision to hold out of both camp, and preseason. Eliminating his chances at being injured under a tender, and leaving enough time to work out a deal before the start of the season.
When looking at what happend to both DeCastro and the Steelers’ David Johnson, Wallace’s decision to holdout of the preseason seems logical, and as for training camp, Wallace says he’s already got most the playbook down! Nothing to worry about, other than his future here in the Steel City, of course, which i’ll look into with my conclusion:
Wallace has eleven days to negotiate a long-term contract with the Steelers, knowing that Pittsburgh doesn’t carry negotiations into the regular season.
Considering Antonio Brown’s contract-talks lasted all of two hours, and resulted in him being inked for five years, 42 million — twelve days seems like an eternity of time for two sides to come to an agreement in Pittsburgh.
Mike Wallace, welcome back, and thanks for handling the offseason with great professionalism.
See you in Denver.