Many things will be hanging in the balance for the Pittsburgh Steelers this upcoming offseason. One thing that is 99.9 percent certain is the fact that wide receiver Mike Wallace won’t be wearing black and gold in 2013.
There is speculation that Wallace, Pittsburgh’s leading receiver in 2012, will become a member of the Cleveland Browns.
Last offseason, Wallace held out of training camp, wanting a big-time, long-term contract, and signed a tender offer right before the start of the regular season. In addition, Wallace reportedly refused a $50 million contract offered by the Steelers prior to the regular season.
I mentioned during the summer that the only way that Wallace was going to get his money was if he signed with a much worse team than the Steelers. The way things are looking, I just might have been right.
The Browns finished the 2012 season with a 5-11 record, and were dead last in the AFC North division. Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is a far cry from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and this move could possibly make things a bit frustrating for Wallace.
The only optimism that I see for Wallace landing in Cleveland is that they definitely have the money to give the veteran receiver, and the offense of new Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner will be a good fit for Wallace’s ability to stretch defenses. Things would look even brighter for Wallace if Cleveland gets a much better quarterback, or if Weeden vastly improves from last season.
One thing I can say is if this actually happens, don’t be surprised to see Wallace wanting out of the league’s worst offenses in the next couple of years.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google