Coming off his second consecutive 1,000-yard season in his first three seasons, 26-year-old receiver Mike Wallace, a restricted free agent, chose to hold out from joining the Steelers until after the third preseason game. He wanted more than the $2.72 million one-year tender, also balking at an estimated $42 million, five-year offer Pittsburgh is thought to have previously extended. Rather than set a precedent for giving into player demands, the Steelers instead stuck it to Wallace by giving a five-year, $42.5 million deal to fellow receiver Antonio Brown. Wallace finally gave in and reported to the team.
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