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Steelers' Wallace reports to camp

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 29 2012 08:52:52 AM CDT
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Wide receiver Mike Wallace has arrived.

The Pittsburgh Steelers holdout came to camp Tuesday. He rejoined his teammates and signed his $2.7 million restricted free agent tender for the 2012 season. He had skipped training camp and offseason workouts.

Wallace has game-breaking speed, and caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards last season, and eight touchdowns. While the 72 receptions were a career high, the 16.6 yards per catch were the lowest of his three NFL seasons.

Wallace would still like to sign a long-term deal before Week 1, but the Steelers won't discuss it after that point until the end of the season. On the field, he needs to get in synch with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

"This is the team that drafted me and it's where I want to stay," Wallace told reporters Tuesday. "I'm not really worried about down the road. I'm worried about playing football. ... That was business. I'm not on that right now. I'm here to play football and that's it."