Peyton Manning a Bronco: Why the Denver Broncos Have to Sign Mike Wallace

Jason MuckleySenior Analyst IIMarch 19, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos’ dreams came true today when the biggest free agent in NFL history signed.

Peyton Manning has signed with the Denver Broncos for a reported $95 million for five years. Denver now has the attention of the entire AFC West and the entire league. You know another head turning acquisition Denver should sign? Mike Wallace.

Imagine that in Denver, Manning to Wallace.

Wallace reminds me a lot of Reggie Wayne in his heyday. Manning to Wayne was an unstoppable combination as he made some amazing catches and could get behind you in an instant.

Now that the Broncos have handed the keys to Peyton Manning, the Broncos need to get the supporting cast around Manning together.

The first step in that process would be acquiring Mike Wallace from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed a $2.742 million tender on their young, star receiver, which guarantees that they would receive a first-round draft pick from any team that would sign him. For the Broncos who have already invested $20-30 million of cap space this season on their quarterback of the future, losing a first-round draft pick for hall of fame caliber talent seems more than reasonable.

Wallace is on pace to be a hall of famer if he can stay healthy and continue to produce. He is only 25 years old, he’s never missed a game in his career and the past two seasons he has averaged over 1,200 yards and has scored 18 touchdowns.

Picking up one of the best deep threats in the game is a no-brainer for the Broncos organization in need of help at wide receiver.

Right now, the Broncos have just two starting wide receivers, Eric Decker, a big receiver who won't run away from anybody, and the beast of a man, Demaryius Thomas, two McDaniels-era draft picks who have produced mixed results in their first two seasons in Denver.

Neither player has breakaway speed quite like Mike Wallace.

Peyton Manning sure has the arm to hit guys deep. This type of threat for the Broncos would be the perfect match for Manning and Wallace.

I am not alone in my musings that Wallace would be a perfect fit for Denver now that Manning is on board, The Mile High Report reported: 

Josh Sanchez of NFL Spin Zone has been covering free agency, and he says that the Broncos would be willing to part ways with their first round pick for Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers to complement Manning.

Josh Sanchez of NFL Spin Zone tweeted:

Sources say that, if Denver lands Peyton Manning, they will part ways with their first-round pick for Mike Wallace.

Also, suggested (via Mike Mayock, NFL Network) that the Broncos would be a perfect fit for Wallace with the newly added Manning:

Mayock suggested that the Broncos should try to give Manning all the offensive weapons they can find, naming restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace and TE Dallas Clark as possible targets. Even though signing Wallace would mean coughing up a first-round draft pick, Mayock thinks it would be worth it to arm Manning with the tools he needs to make a run at a title.

Adding Manning will likely bring a whole slew of new talent and fresh faces to Mile High as the Broncos load up and make their bid for a Superbowl win in 2012.