NFL notes: Wallace reportedly to end holdout

Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace runs for a touchdown against the Broncos at Mile High Stadium...

Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace runs for a touchdown against the Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colo., Jan. 8, 2012. (MARC PISCOTTY/Reuters)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 PM ET

Mike Wallace reportedly is about to end his holdout with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The disgruntled wide receiver will sign his restricted-free-agent 2012 tender of $2.7 million and report to Tuesday's practice, according to the NFL Network.

Despite being one of the most dynamic offensive players available in free agency this past spring, Wallace received no offers from other clubs. No RFA did, in fact. Compensation is too high.

Wallace has been demanding a long-term deal from the Steelers. He has been a holdout from all voluntary and mandatory club activities since the end of last season.

The club has refused to discuss such a deal with Wallace until he signs his RFA tender.

Many Steelers players, including QB Ben Roethlisberger, have expressed sympathy for their teammate.

"Of course we want what's best for Mike and his family, first and foremost, because that's what life's all about," Steelers safety Troy Polamalu told me at training camp earlier this month.

"And also we hope there's a speedy resolution so that he can get here."

He's on his way.

The only remaining holdout in the NFL? Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

DEZ'S RULES

Troubled Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has agreed to a strict set of guidelines regarding his off-field conduct, which include a midnight curfew, no drinking alcohol, no strip clubs, and he must travel to and from team functions with a security detail.

Really.

Head coach Jason Garrett said the club merely wants to "support" Bryant and his family.

Bryant, Tony Romo's premier pass receiver, should consider this what is known in common parlance as The Last Chance.

PATS REWARD HERNANDEZ

The Patriots surprisingly re-signed tight end Aaron Hernandez Monday to a $40-million, five-year deal, with $16.4 million guaranteed, according to the Boston Globe.

The Pats, thus, have decided to reward their backup tight end before their No. 1 wideout -- 31-year-old Wes Welker, who signed his franchise tag before OTAs yet desires a long-term deal.

This just adds fuel to rumours that the Pats might deal Welker.

And it underscores, if there was any doubt, that QB Tom Brady greatly values his tight ends.

OLD-MAN WIDEOUTS UPDATE

Monday was the first of two cutdown days this week. Clubs had to shrink their rosters from 90 players to 75, and by Friday at 9 p.m. EDT they must dump another 22.

Among the longtooth WRs released: Terrell Owens in Seattle, and both Dont'e Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney in New England.

Conversely, Randy Moss appears a lock to start in San Francisco, while Braylon Edwards survived at least the first round of cuts in Seattle.

There was no immediate word on how fast the Jets or Dolphins were sprinting to Gaffney's door.

SKINS-LIONS TRADE

After informing CB Kevin Barnes the club was going to cut him, the Redskins instead dealt him to the Lions, reportedly for a conditional seventh-round pick.

WALKING WOUNDED

The Packers' bad defence suffered a big blow when the club put LB Desmond Bishop on injured reserve, ending his season. Bishop had surgery on a torn hamstring earlier this month ... Left tackle Jake Long left Dolphins practice with an undisclosed leg injury. Trainers examined his right knee, according to the Miami Herald ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford practised Monday and showed no ill effects after suffering a burst blood vessel in his left (non-throwing) hand Saturday at Oakland ... Steelers rookie OG David DeCastro will have surgery later this week to repair a torn right MCL, dislocated kneecap and a patellar-tendon injury.


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