After spending just about all of training camp fighting for a long-term deal, it’s clear Mike Wallace‘s time with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over as he’ll spend the offseason looking for a team willing to pay him the type of deal he believes he deserves. While teams like the Miami Dolphins have already expressed interest, there appears to be a surprise team that may emerge as a potential suitor for Wallace–the Carolina Panthers.
NFL rumors are beginning to heat up about the Panthers going after Wallace after head coach Ron Rivera made some interesting comments about the team going after the wideout once free agency begins in a few weeks. Of course, Carolina will need to figure out a way to reduce their salary cap before any of that happens–so it’s one of those cases where it seems to be easier said than done.
It’s no secret what Wallace would be capable of as a wide receiver with the Panthers considering he’s caught 196 passes for 3,286 yards and 26 touchdowns over the last seasons and any team would be lucky enough to land his talent for the 2012 season. Cam Newton has relied on Steve Smith in the passing game over his first two seasons in the league, but the addition of Wallace would give him that big-name wide receiver that could take Carolina to the next level.
There’s still plenty of time left before the start of free agency–so it should be interesting to see what type of moves the Panthers make once that time comes and whether or not they pursue Wallace.
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