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Selfish. Egotistical. Ridiculous. Those are some of the words I could use to describe the holdout Mike Wallace has been clinging to since asking for a very high sum of money in a contract extension. Every time we've thought this would end, he's managed to make it continue. At this point, I'm not even sure the team is on speaking terms with their receiver.
I'll give you the word I think best describes things right now: stupid. With the work Antonio Brown put in against the Eagles (proving he can be the top receiver in an offense without Wallace to take away double teams), the work we've talked about already from Sanders and the things we've seen from a surprisingly talented group of youngsters, Wallace is officially not hurting anyone but himself with this circus.
The Steelers don't value Wallace at the price he's asking. He turned them down on their final offer before camp and that money has since gone to Antonio Brown. The best thing Wallace could do next would be to come into camp, apologize for his absence, go to work, have the best season he's ever had and then go somewhere else or stay in Pittsburgh on a big new contract in 2013.
Instead, he's sticking it out. Most people think he'll come in just in time to qualify for unrestricted free agency. I'm not so sure. If that was the case, he'd already be here you'd think. The more time he gets on the field, the better his numbers will be. The longer he stays away, the more rusty he's going to be and the lower his value is going to become.
Folks, I'm lost on this one, but Wallace would do well to remember that the grass is usually never as green on the other side of the fence.