While the Pittsburgh Steelers have cut off contract talks with Mike Wallace who has not show up for training camp, they have agreed to reward the team’s other top wideout for showing up. The Steelers announced they have agreed to extend receiver Antonio Brown for five-years.
It is a five-year, $42 million deal — the same amount of money that was rumored to be sent Wallace’s way with a long-term contract. If the Steelers had not agreed to an extension with Brown, they would have faced a similar situation as they face this offseason with Wallace.
Brown is arguably the team’s most well-rounded wide receiver, so locking him up for the long-term was a good move. It now puts more pressure on Mike Wallace to return to camp and re-open contract talks. Until he gets in camp, there will be no discussions. If he never shows up, Brown will take over his “X” receiver role in Todd Haley’s new offense.
It’s up to you now, Mike Wallace. Pittsburgh is rewarding their players who are showing up so if you want that money it is best to report.