Around the NFL  


Ben Roethlisberger: Mike Wallace to Steelers 'soon'


Mike Wallace remains a training camp no-show for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger believes his best receiver will eventually return to the fold.

Lombardi: 32 teams, 32 questions
With training camps beginning across the league, Michael Lombardi has pressing questions for all 32 franchises. More ...

"I don't know what's going on with his agent or what they're telling each other, but he wants to be here," Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday. "I believe he will be here and I think he'll be here soon."

Roethlisberger -- who revealed that he's dealing with a "little torn rotator cuff" in his throwing arm -- has taken a "proactive" approach with Wallace, calling the wideout to let him know that "we love him, he's a great teammate, he's a great friend." Big Ben even told Steelers president Art Rooney he'd fly to Louisiana to talk with Wallace face-to-face, but Rooney didn't follow up on that offer.

Wallace's one-year, $2.742 million contract tender hangs in the air unsigned. We've heard trade whispers surrounding the three-year veteran, but don't look for Wallace to be shipped out any time soon. The Steelers are coming to grips with the reality that he might not be around long-term, but Wallace could mean the difference between first and second place in the AFC North in 2012. For that reason alone, the Steelers aren't about to let him walk.


Fan Discussion