2012 NFL Free Agents: 3 Reasons the Patriots Must Give Up Pick for Mike Wallace

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2012 NFL Free Agents: 3 Reasons the Patriots Must Give Up Pick for Mike Wallace
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It's no secret that the New England Patriots need a wideout heading into the 2012 season, and the Pats must snatch Mike Wallace.

While New England touts a powerful offense, Tom Brady relied heavily on Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski last year.

And sure, those guys are phenomenal. But Tom Brady has been without a downfield threat since losing Randy Moss in the 2010 season.

Enter Mike Wallace.

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided against slapping the franchise tag on the now-restricted free agent, thrusting him into the market.

But the price for the receiver is high—attaining Wallace will require coughing up a first-round draft pick (and some big bucks).

Luckily, the Pats have just the capital required; New England enters the 2012 draft with two first- and two second-round picks—and plenty of cap space.

Here are three reasons the Patriots should splurge for Mike Wallace.

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