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- Updated: December 4, 2012
Though Steelers wideout Mike Wallace is a talented wide receiver, his troubles in terms of catching the football are well-documented, and the wideout will likely not return for another season in Pittsburgh.
For Wallace, free agency is sure to be an interesting endeavor, and look for the player to command a lot of interest during the offseason.
While he could end up anywhere, some teams need Wallace more than others…
The Vikings came strong out of the 2012 gate, but have since proven that they are better placed in the “pretenders” category at this juncture.
Without a legitimate receiving threat to take pressure off onetime-MVP candidate Percy Harvin, Minnesota’s offense became very one-dimensional, and the team struggled.
Pairing Harvin and Wallace would allow the Vikings to set up isolation runs and draw plays with deep shots down the sidelines.
Ann Carroll of Vikings Weekly proposes the question of Wallace in purple.
Pete Carroll has been looking for a veteran spark at wide receiver for some time now, from the failed Terrell Owens experiment to the relative failure of Braylon Edwards as a viable option.
Mike Wallace would make a lot of sense in Seattle, considering the fact that Russell Wilson has a big arm and Wallace can get deep in a hurry.
Golden Tate has played well this season, but adding a receiver of Wallace’s caliber could make this offense great.
New England Patriots
The Patriots always need to be mentioned on these types of articles, because Bill Belichick is such a creative coach that he’d find a way to get Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Julian Edelman, Mike Wallace, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez all in contributory roles during a given game.
Wallace is the explosive burner that the Patriots are missing, and he can take the top off of the defense like few others in the NFL right now.
Last offseason, ESPN discussed a potential Wallace-to-Patriots move, and this year it seems more likely.
The Bengals would cash in on a unique two-for-one opportunity here, stealing a star player from a rival team while improving their own roster at the same time.
A.J. Green is a big, physical, reliable target who catches almost everything thrown in his direction; Mike Wallace would be the perfect contrast.
An athletic specimen, Wallace could provide a second element to the Bengal offense and team up with Andrew Hawkins to stretch opposing defenses vertically.
With Andre Johnson getting up there in age, the Texans need to find out how they can move into the future while still keeping their core intact.
Matt Schaub can air it out, and Mike Wallace would be a perfect pickup to run underneath deep patterns and win ballgames for the Texans.
Even a tandem of Wallace and Johnson would be scary for opposing defensive coordinators, despite Johnson’s advanced age.
New York Jets
After Greg McElroy’s first start was a success, the Jets may have to start building up a solid supporting cast to help their young signal caller grow and improve.
Though Dwayne Bowe is a better fit for McElroy’s strengths, Wallace could be part of the process of bringing in new talent and shaking up the roster.
New York needs to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses this offseason, but an offense centered around airing the ball out and keeping up with the ever-changing NFL could be a good thing.
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