It has been reported by Jason La Canfora of NFL Network that Pittsburgh Steelers free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace could be landing in Cleveland this off season. Sources close to the Steelers organization say that Wallace will not receive the franchise tag. So what does this mean for the revamped Cleveland Browns?
While I do really like Josh Gordon and Greg Little, an NFL team can never have enough talented wide receivers. Just look at the Green Bay Packers who seem to breed receivers every year if you don’t believe me. Wallace would be the perfect vertical fit if he can keep his head on straight. The last thing the Browns need is another prima donna Braylon Edwards-type player.
Wallace is one of the most sought after free agents in 2013. His numbers over the last four years speak for itself. In the past four seasons, Wallace scored 192 points for the Steelers. He has played in 63 games, caught over 200 receptions, and racked up over 4,000 yards. This type of production is what the Browns have been missing for many years. I can only imagine seeing no. 17 in an orange helmet racing towards the Dawg Pound.
The former third round pick from Ole Miss would only make this young Browns’ team better. New owner and former minority owner of the Steelers, Jimmy Haslam III knows all about Wallace. That connection may be crucial in converting yellow and black to brown and orange for Wallace. Obtaining Wallace would also be very “candidly” weakening and stealing from the enemy in the division. I don’t see anything wrong with that.
If he comes to the shores of Lake Erie, Wallace is very likely going to want the same type of figures Vincent Jackson received from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. The Browns are second in cap space in the entire NFL, the money is there. If the Browns can afford to pay former coaches and executives that are no longer with the team, they can certainly afford to pay Wallace.
As we move further from the Super Bowl and closer to the NFL Draft, things are going to start to heat up. Grab your old “Edwards” jersey and prepare to rip the nameplate off the back, you may be adding seven new letters to it very soon.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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