Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva may elect to skip training camp as he’s yet to sign his exclusive rights free-agent tender, according to the Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Villanueva received the tender from the Steelers, which would pay him $615,000 for the upcoming season.
Since Villanueva has yet to sign the tender, he’s not required to attend training camp. Villanueva signed a waiver, protecting him against injury, which allowed him to attend organized team activities (OTAs) and voluntary workouts.
“After taking orders my whole life, now I’m working with a really good agent,” Villanueva told the Post-Gazette in June. “I’ll do whatever he tells me to do.”
Villanueva’s agent, Jason Bernstein, did not comment on the story when contacted by the Post-Gazette.
Under terms of the tender, Villanueva would rank 109th in salary for offensive tackles this season, a figure that doesn’t come close to matching his on-field value. In any event, Villanueva is under team control through the 2017 season and is a restricted free agent in 2018.
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