It’s pretty obvious that the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t re-sign wide receiver Mike Wallace for the 2013 season. A holdout from last year’s training camp, reportedly refusing a $50 million long-term deal, a decline in receiving numbers in 2012, and Pittsburgh’s salary cap woes all are reasons why Wallace will more than likely be playing elsewhere next season.
There were recent rumors that the four-year veteran receiver could stay in the AFC North and land with the Cleveland Browns. Now, there are whispers of Wallace being the top free agent target of the Miami Dolphins.
Though Wallace’s statistics weren’t eye-popping this past season, he’s still considered one of the best deep-threat receivers in the league. If by chance Wallace ends up in Miami, the Dolphins’ offense will be upgraded significantly.
Wallace’s speed will definitely stretch the field, which will open up the middle for Miami’s leading receiver Brian Hartline, who’s 74 catches for 1,083 yards and one touchdown clearly shows that he is a possession receiver. Furthermore, up-and-coming quarterback Ryan Tannehill and tight end Anthony Fasano will greatly benefit from Wallace’s presence as well (assuming that Fasano re-signs with the Dolphins).
Before the start of last season, the Dolphins brought in wide receiver Chad Johnson as their potential big-play receiver. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. Actually, Wallace’s speed and youth could make Miami’s passing game one of the best in the league for years to come. A boost like this will be greatly needed in facing the division rivals Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, two teams that ranked in the top 10 in pass defense last season.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google