Thought by many to be the gem of the free agent class, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and free agent-to-be Mike Wallace will be hitting the open market soon. It’s not known where the 26-year-old is going to wind up, but he certainly will have options. He had 836 yards, 64 catches and eight touchdowns last season.
Some believe that Wallace will be heading to Minnesota. The Vikings are facing the real prospect of having to replace their disgruntled wide receiver, Percy Harvin. Harvin has long been frustrated with his role with the team and he has also expressed displeasure with the amount of money he is making. According to Yahoo Sports, he is seeking to be paid as much as the top receiver in the game, Calvin Johnson.
If Harvin does indeed force his way out of Minnesota, the Vikings could look to replace him with Wallace. It would be interesting to see how the speedy wideout would fare playing on turf eight times a year during games in Minnesota. He would definitely give the Vikings the deep threat that they were missing this season.
The other team that has been linked to Wallace is the New England Patriots. There is all sorts of talk coming out of New England that the Patriots will move on from free agent disappointment Brandon Lloyd and that they might even be considering letting Tom Brady’s security blanket, Wes Welker, walk. If neither of those players are retained, the Patriots will be dangerously thin at wide receiver and will definitely have to bring in some players via free agency. The Patriots haven’t really had a true deep threat since jettisoning Randy Moss and signing Wallace would certainly fulfill that need.
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Although it hasn’t gotten much attention, there is also the possibility that Wallace will stay with the Steelers. He is arguably their most dynamic player on offense and one would have to wonder why they would let him go. Wallace is a talented player, and will want to be paid as such, but his price tag will probably be more affordable than some of his peers.
Source: (Yahoo Sports)