Yesterday, reports mentioned that Wallace has no intentions of signing his first-round tender and could holdout of offseason activities, which Kaboly suggests is part of a well timed strategy by Wallace and his representation.
Kaboly believes that this could end up being similar to what transpired with WR Santonio Holmes a few years ago. Wallace would obviously net them a much better return than Holmes did, while preventing them from getting locked into a long-term deal that could cause even more financial issues for them in the coming years.
The problem is that they would be giving up, arguably, the games beset deep-threat while he’s still only 25 years old. The fact that Wallace is looking for a deal that would pay him $10 million per season is most likely a sticking point for any trade. Whoever acquires him will have to be willing to sign him to a huge contract as soon as the deal is completed because they’re essentially ceding leverage to Wallace once they send a draft pick to the Steelers.
Pittsburgh has said that they’re going to do everything they can to keep him, but his contract demands and a potential holdout could really force their hand in the situation.