Wide receiver Mike Wallace and the Pittsburgh Steelers just can't agree to play nice. At last report, the two sides had made no progress towards a long-term deal for the 25-year-old receiver.
Wallace caught 72 passes in 2011 for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl as a result of his excellent season, and now he thinks he deserves to get paid. But he is only a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Steelers only have to pay him the first-round tender they placed on him. That means he is currently slated to play the 2012 season making just $2.7 million.
The Steelers appear to want to sign Wallace long-term, but the deep threat seems to be upset at the lack of progress towards a long-term contract and could be ready to hold out.
This situation could definitely get ugly and is already simmering. The Steelers aren't exactly rich at receiver, and Wallace is one of the best in the NFL. He doesn't deserve to get paid like Larry Fitzgerald, but he certainly deserves more than the $2.7 million he's scheduled to make in 2012.
With no resolution in sight, this one isn't looking good.