The Pittsburgh Steelers decided against taking more than $2 million off the table for disgruntled wideout Mike Wallace, when they let the June 15th deadline pass without reducing his free agent tender offer. As it sounds, the Steelers never even gave thought to doing so — at least that’s what Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told Mark Madden on 105.9′s, “The X.”
Colbert believes the Steelers and Wallace will be able to agree to a long-term deal that Wallace deserves.
When we tendered Mike at the amount we did, the compensation through that tender, we really had no issue with that whatsoever because he is deserving of that,” said Colbert, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“We want him to get a long-term deal that he deserves and I am real confident that we will be able to do that because when both sides want the same thing, it is only a matter of time.”
While both sides seem to get a deal done, the reality is that the two sides are still very far apart on the financial numbers. Pittsburgh would like to keep Wallace, who is perhaps the best deep threat in the league, but they will need to up the ante if they truly want to give him a deal that he deserves.
Pittsburgh also has to watch how they handle the situation, because they could see this situation play out all over again next season with Antonio Brown.