This is where it gets extremely interesting. Mike Wallace was given a first-round tender by the Pittsburgh Steelers, which means any team that signs him away from them would have to give up that draft pick.
With that said, it would seem to be worth the bounty considering how Wallace has performed in each of the last two seasons.
With the news that the 2012 NFL salary cap is going to be set at just over $120 million, the Steelers now face the real possibility that Wallace will sign a offer sheet they will not be able to match.
Even after making dramatic cuts to their 2012 roster, Pittsburgh still finds itself in an unenviable cap situation.
This leaves the door open that some team will be able to swoop up the young, talented receiver.
The San Francisco 49ers are said to be considering an attempt to obtain Wallace, which makes perfect sense. They are going to be looking at the wide receiver position early in the 2012 draft. Why not go with a player that has already proven he can get it done in the NFL?
The 49ers also have the 30th pick in the draft, which is a lesser bounty than most teams would have to give up in order to acquire Wallace. They also have ample salary cap room.
Wallace indicated an interest in joining the 49ers as well as the New England Patriots in a recent interview.
I think that the right person or the right piece for those guys could put them over the top. All they need is one more piece ... most definitely, those are Super Bowl-contending teams.
In short, if San Francisco decides this is the path they want to take, the Steelers are going to be hard-pressed to stop them.
Predicted Destination: San Francisco 49ers