Mike Wallace’s hesitation to report to training camp is to some degree understandable, but it’s still mostly baffling and devoid of any common sense whatsoever. Every NFL career is a fleeting existence, and while he’s still young and still valuable, Wallace needs to maximize every avenue for leverage that he has to get the most money and the greatest commitment from his team.

That’s a simple, fundamental principle which applies to every NFL contract situation. Although the details will always differ, Wallace isn’t unique in the sense that he needs to maximize his value. The problem is that in his case, holding out and not reporting to camp isn’t productive, and it’s accomplishing absolutely nothing. As a restricted free agent, his options are to either sign the fully guaranteed, one-year contract worth $2.7 million he’s been given or…yeah.

With his holdout continuing, he’s creating far more negatives than positives. We’re now halfway through training camp, and Wallace also didn’t attend the spring mini camps. That means he’s far behind during the implementation of Todd Haley’s new offense. Although he still has great value as a deep option, so does Antonio Brown, and the longer Wallace is gone, the greater his chances of becoming a memory increase as Emmanuel Sanders gets more reps too.

Since he’s come this far with his holdout and since the Steelers remain adamant that they won’t trade him, from the players’ standpoint it only makes sense if he keeps it going into the regular season, and through to Week 10 before reporting so he can still get credit for a year of accrued service. There’s also the chance that he could gain leverage once the season starts and the Steelers possibly discover that Brown isn’t quite ready for No. 1 receiver duty after all.

Apparently, he likely won’t do that, which further shows that Wallace isn’t a fan of common sense. He hates thinking.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that although he could change his mind, it’s expected that Wallace will report to the Steelers prior to Week 1. If and when that happens, what exactly will his holdout have accomplished other than creating a sour relationship with the Steelers’ front office? The only minor accomplishment will be avoiding a training camp injury, but it’ll come at the cost of being significantly behind in Haley’s offense, and possibly losing his No. 1 wideout job briefly to start the season.

If that happens, Wallace’s numbers could also suffer, and so could his paycheck next offseason when he tries to get paid. Again.

So basically, by continuing this holdout and then reporting prior to Week 1, it’s clear that Wallace is getting advice from the underpants gnomes…

And now the links part of the links post…

  • These replacement officials will probably be around for a while, and likely into the regular season. Therefore, to make one of them feel more at home, the players may have to dress in lingerie. God help us. [ESPN]
  • Don’t worry, kids, Nnamdi Asomugha didn’t suffer a concussion yesterday. Just whiplash, that’s all. [CBS]
  • I almost made this it’s own post, then I decided that any more blatant pageview grasping through the power of Tebow will lead to permanent Internet purgatory. But hey look, Tebow in GQ, something something. [GQ]
  • The Louisiana police investigated the allegations against Saints general manager Mickey Loomis that originated from an ESPN Outside The Lines report by John Barr. The report had the details of damning, perhaps criminal acts as it all but accused Loomis of eavesdropping on the opposition from his suite. Police found no evidence of such conduct, so now what the hell will the ESPN machine do with the completely false barbs they threw at Loomis that could have permanently damaged his reputation? Nothing, of course. [Awful Announcing]
  • Oh hey, thanks for that 12-year-old news, TMZ. We haven’t heard about Chad Johnson’s prior domestic arrest this week. Not once. [TMZ]
  • Johnson’s reality show with his wife has been canceled. Pop culture will never be the same. [USA Today]
  • Jake Locker will be the starting quarterback for the first time in an NFL game this Friday. It’s not a regular-season start, but it’s still a chance for him to lead the first-team offense against a first-team defense. [Titan Sized]
  • We get it. The Jets were a popular team before the arrival of Tim Tebow, and now ESPN has moved its entire staff to Cortland. In fact, our sources have told us that the ESPN buildings are currently being uprooted and moved as well. It’s quite the operation. But c’mon, Jets and Jets media, this wildcat secrecy is getting completely ridiculous since, you know, reporters never relay specific information about formations at practice anyway. [Wall Street Journal]
  • More ratings returns that tell us preseason football beat out the Olympics last week in a local market. You know that face you make when you’re given a tie for Christmas, or the latest Canadian Tire invention you’ll never use? Make that face right now. [Pride of Detroit]
  • To cash in on society’s primal urge to spend money on the meager, faint hope of a monetary reward, the Patriots are selling scratch-off lottery tickets, because of course they are. Mmmm money. [Sports Business Digest]