After Friday’s deadline came and went without him getting an offer sheet from another team, Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace is prepared to sit out offseason drills and at least the start of training camp, league sources for ESPN’s Adam Scheffler said.
Wallace told some within the Steelers organization that he does not plan to sign his first-round tender “until he has to,” a source said. This means that Wallace could wind up holding out for some or all of training camp.
Wallace is seeking a long-term deal and is unhappy with the $2.7 million first-round tender he received.
Wallace has until June 15 to sign it before the Steelers can cut the tender to $577,500 – a loss of $2.1 million.
Steelers team president Art Rooney II has said the team wants to sign Wallace to a multiyear contract.
Wallace caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight passing touchdowns last season, all team highs. In three seasons, he has 171 catches for 3,206 yards and 24 TDs.
FORMER VIKING’S WIFE SET FOR TRIAL
The wife of former Minnesota Vikings tight end Joe Senser has admitted being behind the wheel of her husband’s sport-utility vehicle in August when it struck a man on a highway exit ramp, killing him.
But much of what happened that night is disputed, including whether Amy Senser even knew she hit someone.
Jury selection begins today in Minneapolis in Senser’s criminal vehicular homicide trial – a case that has captured headlines as attorneys sparred over everything from why she waited more than a week to come forward to whether she was drinking or talking on her cellphone. The case has also generated public outcry over perceptions that Senser was trying to cover something up, while the victim, an immigrant, was left to die.
The Sensers have been attacked in online comments, and a “Boycott Joe Sensers Restaurants” Facebook page was created.
Amy Senser has claimed she is innocent and says she didn’t stop or call for help because she didn’t know she hit anyone.
Senser, 45, faces three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide. The first two allege she caused the accident that killed Anousone Phanthavong, 38, then left the scene and failed to notify authorities. The third alleges she was negligent and using her cellphone. Each count carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Joe Senser, a household name in Minnesota, played four years with the Vikings in the early 1980s before a knee injury ended his career. He co-owns Joe Senser’s Restaurant and Sports Theater, a Minneapolis-St. Paul-area restaurant chain, and is also known for being a Vikings radio color commentator.