Coach Mike Tomlin said he is not bothered about reports about whether wide receiver Mike Wallace will play for the Steelers this season.
And general manager Kevin Colbert said the Steelers' goal remains the same: To sign their Pro Bowl receiver to a contract that will keep him with the team for a long time.
Wallace did not receive any offers from other NFL teams before last Friday night -- the deadline for restricted free agents to sign with another team. But he has also not signed the $2.7 million offer he was tendered as a restricted free agent by the Steelers -- and there have been various reports that he might not do so.
Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert talk about this year's draft
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert discuss this year's NFL Draft. (Video by Andrew Rush; 4/23/2012)
"We're not worried about reports," Tomlin said today during a pre-draft news conference on the South Side. "There were reports he was going somewhere every day in restricted free agency and he's still here. So we'll deal with it day to day."
"Our goal with Mike has always been and always will be to sign him to a long-term contract," Colbert saidSteelers - breaking
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