Originally Posted by Stray
According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, it is highly unlikely that the Steelers will use the franchise tag on Mike Wallace. Not that surprising since they're already 11 million over the cap.
He could become a Bengal, though we would lose a 1st round pick. Considering we have 2, and that we could really use another WR, this has to happen. We have plenty of cap space to make this move. AJ Green, Mike Wallace and Jermaine Gresham?? Sign me up.
If you sign Wallace it isn't gonna come cheap and so the team that does should ask itself if they can take FULL advantage of his talents. Not sure the Bengals can say that. I like Dalton quite a bit but not sure his arm is ever gonna be good enough to take advantage of Wallace's best asset, speed. I think the Bengals will look elsewhere for their other starting WR (Manningham or re-up Simpson is what I expect). And put their dollars towards the OL and the running game with an eye towards the defensive back 7.
I love Wallace's ability and would support the move even though I am not overly optimistic about how well it would turn out. I think someone like Cleveland (if they draft RG3) or N.E. will make that play and as well they should. Bad news for Pittsburgh because IMO Wallace makes that offense work.
**Oops, check that I guess Cleveland would have to give up the #4 pick for Wallace so that probably isn't likely to happen.