- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The good news: There's still optimism that the Steelers will sign wide receiver Mike Wallace before the regular season. The bad news: Wallace won't show up to training camp until he gets a deal.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Wallace won't show up at the required 4 p.m. reporting time at St. Vincent College (that means quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was off on his prediction last month). Schefter reports that the sides aren't close at this time.
There was a report last week that the sides had made progress, which triggered some hope that a deal could get done soon. A key part of these negotiations occurred last month when the Steelers didn't reduce Wallace's $2.7 million restricted free-agent tender when they had a chance to do so.
The Steelers aren't playing hardball with Wallace. In fact, they gave Todd Haley's new playbook to Wallace so he wouldn't fall behind. This says to me that the Steelers really want to get a deal done with their No. 1 wide receiver.
So, what is going to get a deal done with Wallace? Based on what the top receivers have received this offseason, a deal that would pay Wallace a little over $20 million in the first two years would be a fair one. Until Wallace signs and reports, the Steelers are going with Emmanuel Sanders in his place, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.