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: February 18, 2012, 10:39:29 PM

Could Mike Wallace be the deep threat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need at receiver?
 
 Feb 18, 2012 7:33 PM EST



Orlin Wagner - AP
 Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) battle over a pass during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. Flowers was able to knock the ball away from Wallace and recover a fumble on the play.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a deep threat at receiver. Not just someone who can run fast, but someone who can turn that speed into production. After all, speed alone only gets you so far - right, Dexter Jackson? There are few players in today's NFL who can do that, and two of them are scheduled to be free agents this offseason: Mike Wallace and DeSean Jackson. The latter will likely receive a franchise tag, but Wallace is likely to be available - at a price, because he is a restricted free agent.
 
The Pittsburgh Steelers will do everything they can to keep the young and talented receiver, but they may not be able to: the Steelers are scheduled to be $11 million above the cap, and in their current situation they can't franchise tag Wallace while signing him to a long-term deal is exceedingly difficult as well. The only thing they can realistically do is tender the restricted free agent. Adam Schefter suggested yesterday that this gave teams the opportunity to pilfer Wallace from the Steelers.


Simply put: any team could sign Wallace to an offer sheet the Steelers can't match by offering Wallace a high roster bonus in his first season. That kind of roster bonus is not pro-rated over the length of the contract as signing bonuses are, and with the Steelers' cap situation they couldn't possibly match that offer. With the Bucs incredible $67 million of 2012 salary cap space, they could easily offer Wallace a sizable roster bonus.
 
The Steelers would, however, receive the first-round pick of whichever team successfully signed Mike Wallace - and that's where things fall apart for the Buccaneers. Mike Wallace is probably worth a fifth overall draft pick as an extremely talented, well-rounded, fast and young wide receiver. But this isn't a case of evaluating Mike Wallace alone, because there are other fish in the sea. Instead of signing Mike Wallace, the Buccaneers could sign another free agent receiver, like Dwayne Bowe or Vincent Jackson, while using their first-round draft pick on a different position of need.

So the question isn't "Is Mike Wallace worth the fifth overall draft pick". It's: "Is Mike Wallace more valuable than the fifth overall draft pick and another free agent receiver?" I'd say he isn't, and I'm pretty sure the Bucs' front office would feel the same way.



http://www.bucsnation.com/2012/2/18/2808895/could-mike-wallace-be-the-deep-threat-the-tampa-bay-buccaneers-need

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#1 : February 18, 2012, 11:15:35 PM

Nope

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#2 : February 18, 2012, 11:18:05 PM

This is where having a high draft pick works against you.  If you had the 30th pick or something, it might be worth a shot.   But not the #5.



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#3 : February 18, 2012, 11:22:41 PM

Nope

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#4 : February 19, 2012, 12:05:02 AM

lol no.


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#5 : February 19, 2012, 12:21:13 AM

I think he's certainly worth it if they can trade down and pick up some other assets as well. If that's not a possibility, I'd rather not trade the fifth pick for him, even though his skill set is pretty much exactly what the team needs.

There\'s a very real chance the Bucs waive [Revis] before next season. At the very least, it will be a discussion worth having.

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#6 : February 19, 2012, 07:11:13 AM

I love Wallace, but I say hell no. We have a ton of cap room, and a top 5 pick, he would eliminate our pick and take up lots of cap space. Too many other quality recievers out there.


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#7 : February 19, 2012, 07:36:21 AM

If the Bucs strike out trying to sign a similar receiver during FA and Blackmon is picked prior at the draft...what then? [/Devil's Advocate]

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#8 : February 19, 2012, 12:19:03 PM

Not to me.

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#9 : February 19, 2012, 01:26:01 PM

He is a helluva WR, but that would be too costly IMO.



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#10 : February 19, 2012, 02:05:00 PM

Hell to the no.

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#11 : February 19, 2012, 02:06:25 PM

I would do it.

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#12 : February 19, 2012, 02:30:10 PM

I would do it.


He is really good, but don't you think the price is too high?



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#13 : February 19, 2012, 02:36:19 PM

Draft Blackmon and pay him $4M a year or use the pick to get Wallace and pay him $10M a year. Which is the better option? I'd go with Blackmon.

If we'd just drafted Wallace instead of Roy Miller in 2009 we wouldn't be having this discussion. We had just drafted our franchise QB, we had nothing but Antonio Bryant, and we reached for a very average DT instead of drafting Mike Wallace in the 3rd round. Brilliant. Oh well, I know I wanted Wallace but even if we had taken a WR....Dennis Hickey would have probably had some other WR rated higher than Wallace anyways.


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#14 : February 19, 2012, 03:03:52 PM

no
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