PITTSBURGH Mike Wallace sat in his usual spot in the corner of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room and decided it was time to hold court.
Hey, itd been awhile for the leader of the self-proclaimed Young Money Family.
The Pro Bowl wide receiver posed for the cameras alongside teammates Antonio Brown, Chris Rainey, Jerricho Cotchery and Ike Taylor while flashing a smile and cracking jokes, business as usual for one of the NFLs fastest playmakers.
It was almost as if Wallaces lengthy holdout one that finally came to an end on Tuesday never happened. Im not dwelling on the past, Wallace said. I have no regrets.
He also still doesnt have the long-term deal he covets.
Instead the 26-year-old restricted free agent will play under the one-year, $2.7 million tender offered by the Steelers and hope something lengthier gets worked out before the regular season begins next week.
Wallace, who caught a career-high 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns last season, remains optimistic an agreement can be reached sometime before Pittsburgh faces Denver on Sept. 9.
Around the league
Atlanta: The Falcons released backup quarterback Chris Redman and signed Luke McCown, who spent the past three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had two starts in his eight appearances and worked with Dirk Koetter, who is now the Falcons offensive coordinator.
Redman completed just 53 percent of his passes with one interception in the preseason. Buffalo: Quarterback Tyler Thigpen, a former Coastal Carolina star, will get a majority of the playing time in the Bills preseason finale. It is Thigpens final shot to win the backup job, and the newly acquired Tarvaris Jackson will take over in the fourth quarter of Buffalos game at Detroit on Thursday.
Hurd ordered jailed: A federal judge ordered former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd to be jailed indefinitely for failing two drug tests and allegedly buying drugs while already facing charges he tried to distribute marijuana and cocaine.
Hurd, 27, who played for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, was arrested again earlier this month. Prosecutors say he tested positive for marijuana at least twice this year.
Indianapolis: With his NFL debut less than two weeks away, Thursday nights preseason finale against Cincinnati will be the final chance for quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall draft pick and the Colts to fix any problems before the downs and games start counting.
Philadelphia: Brian Westbrook will officially retire as a member of the Eagles on Wednesday and will be honored during a game against Washington in December. The former All-Pro running back played eight seasons with Philadelphia from 2002-09. He is the franchise leader with 9,785 total yards from scrimmage. Westbrook last played in the NFL with the 2010 San Francisco 49ers.
Tennessee: The Titans removed receiver Kenny Britt from the physically unable to perform list, though he will not play Thursday night in the teams preseason finale against New Orleans. Britt, who will join the active roster Wednesday, has been recovering from his third knee surgery since tearing his right ACL last September. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in late June.
Washington: The Redskins waived Chris Cooley, the longest-tenured player on the Redskins and easily the teams most colorful character. The Redskins released their two-time Pro Bowl tight end Tuesday a few hours after cutting kicker Graham Gano and replacing him with Billy Cundiff.
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