- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Ravens reporter
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Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis thinks Wallace can get a long-term deal if he's willing to play by the team's rules.
"I think when you go through the history of the Steelers, they do things a bit differently," Bettis told the NFL Network. "And when you look at in relationship to their stars, they still stay one way. They're firm in their resolve and the way they do things. All you have to do is go back to Hines Ward."
Bettis added, "His situation, he had a holdout before his last contract. He wanted X amount of dollars, and they were one way. At the end of the day, they told Hines he needed to come into camp before they would consummate a deal. And Hines had to come in, and he came in, and once he came in, they were able to work the deal out."
Wallace has refused to report to Steelers training camp because he's unwilling to sign his $2.7 million restricted free-agent tender. The Steelers refuse to negotiate with Wallace on a new deal until he shows up and signs his tender.
"The problem is, you know, Mike doesn't really understand the concept of how the Steelers work, and so he's got to kind of figure that out," Bettis said. "Once he figures that out and comes in, I think they'll work a deal out."
There have been reports that Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace isn't listening to his agent Bus Cook. But there's another Bus trying to reach Wallace these days.