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Monday, April 23, 2012
Steelers: Wallace won't affect draft plans

By Jamison Hensley

Steelers officials said wide receiver Mike Wallace won't affect the team's draft plans.

Wallace, a restricted free agent, told some within the Steelers organization that he does not plan to sign his first-round tender "until he has to," a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. This means that Wallace could wind up holding out for some or all of training camp.

"We're not worried about the reports," coach Mike Tomlin said at Monday's pre-draft press conference. "He's still here. We will deal with it day-to-day."

General manager Kevin Colbert reiterated that Wallace remains in the team's future plans.

"Our intension has always been to sign Mike to a long-term contract," Colbert said. "We want Mike for the long haul, and he knows that. Hopefully, we'll get that done."