"Obviously, we have a desire for him to be here," Tomlin said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press, as Steelers veterans reported to training camp in Latrobe, Pa. "We want him to be part of this thing, both short-term and long-term. We've been in negotiations with him. He's not here today. That's unfortunate for him."
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Tomlin wasn't done.
"I want the player here," he said. "One thing experience has taught me is this is bigger than all of us. It's bigger than Mike, it's bigger than me. So I mean that when I say it's unfortunate for him that he's not here."
That's good news for Tomlin, but we're sure he'd like to see for himself.