Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Mike Wallace to be greeted by 'open arms'
By Jamison Hensley
Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is expected to end his holdout and report to the team before the start of the regular season.
If (or when) that happens, Wallace will receive a warm welcome. Well, at least from his teammates.
"Whenever he gets back, we're going to welcome him back with open arms," cornerback Ike Taylor told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Mike is taking care of Mike right now. As long as he is working out and getting in football shape, that's all that matters."
Taylor is already treating Wallace very well. In relocating to Florida to work out with a trainer, Wallace is staying at Taylor's Orlando home and is driving Taylor's car to get to the workouts.
"I don't do that with too many people," Taylor said. "We're from the same area. If I can do anything to help out the team, the situation, I'll do it."
Not sure if there will be that same warm and fuzzy reception from the organization. When Wallace chose to skip the mandatory minicamp, the Steelers were accommodating. They gave him a playbook and opted not to reduce his $2.7 million restricted-free-agent tender.
The negotiations took a different tone when Wallace failed to report to training camp. The Steelers stopped talks on a long-term deal with Wallace and reached a long-term deal with the team's other wide receiver, Antonio Brown.
When Wallace does end his holdout, I don't foresee coach Mike Tomlin hugging it out with his top receiver. I can see Tomlin greeting Wallace with some laborious workouts to get him back in football shape.