San Diego Chargers should go after Mike Wallace

By Kenny Gardner
Mike Wallace San Diego Chargers
Cary Edmondson-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers ranked 22nd in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception during the 2012 NFL season.  San Diego has to bring in a big time threat to help them improve in these categories.

Mike Wallace is an unrestricted free agent and San Diego’s front office should go after him.  Wallace spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and led the NFL with an average of 19.4 yards per reception in 2009. Wallace ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,257 receiving yards in 2010 and ranked seventh with 10 touchdown receptions.

Wallace ranked 11th in receiving yards and ranked 11th TD receptions during the 2011 season.  Although Wallace went from 75 receiving yards per game in 2011 to 56 in 2012, he had eight TD receptions during the 2012 season.  Wallace averaged nine TD receptions from 2010-2012.

I believe that San Diego’s number one target should be Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald who at 6-3 would provide San Diego’s offense with a threat down the middle of the field.  San Diego could package a deal with draft picks to acquire Fitzgerald in a trade.

Wallace is 6-0 and is a speed guy, but he has proven that he can be explosive because his 17.2 yards per reception for his career rank fourth among active players.

San Diego’s front office should also think about bringing back former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander who ranked 22nd in receiving yards per game and was on pace to rank fourth in TD receptions.

Wallace would be a big pickup for San Diego and his production declined due in part to a holdout over a contract dispute which lasted until August 28, 2012.

I expect Wallace to bounce back in 2013 because he will have a contract, so he will have no reason to miss training camp which will get him in rhythm when the 2013 season begins.





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