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Steelers GM Colbert: Holdout WR Wallace 'not available for trade'

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Colbert says Wallace remains a priority for the Steelers. (Getty Images)  
Colbert says Wallace remains a priority for the Steelers. (Getty Images)  

LATROBE, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he has not considered dealing disgruntled holdout receiver Mike Wallace and that is not an option for the team.

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"Mike Wallace is not available for trade," Colbert said. "We're not even thinking in those terms."

Colbert reiterated that negotiations will not resume with the restricted free agent until he ends his holdout and reports to camp. The Steelers do not have an abundance of cap space these days, but Colbert said "there are always ways to create room if you decide to do it."

And Wallace remains a priority.

"We haven't changed in that regard at all," Colbert said. "Mike is a great player and we'd love for him to be a Steeler for a long time."

He said the Antonio Brown's recent contract extension was unrelated to Wallace's situation, citing the Steelers' long history of initiating contract talks with a player entering the final year of his rookie deal (with LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons two recent examples).

But nothing will progress for Wallace until he shows up for training camp with his teammates.

"Mike understands that for any steps to be taken," Colbert said, "he has to come here and report to camp and sign his tender and then we'll see where it goes."


Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday during the season on The NFL Today.
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