Mike Wallace vs Dwayne Bowe: Which 2013 Free-Agent WR Would You Rather Have?

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores in front of Brian Witherspoon #29 of the New York Giants  during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs share a similar, serious problem this offseason—Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace and Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe are both slated to hit the 2013 NFL free-agent market after the season. 

The real question is, which one would you want your favorite team to pursue? 

Both Wallace and Bowe are franchise players who are among some of the best the NFL has to offer. Either can change the fortunes of a franchise quickly as both can make almost any quarterback better and draw coverage away from other players on offense. 

Let's take a look at the pros and cons of adding each receiver and which you would rather have this offseason. 


Dwayne Bowe

Bowe is a 6'2" 220-pound receiver that is intent on getting out of Kansas City as soon as possible— and reasonably so considering the mediocre state of the franchise and the fact that the Chiefs just slapped him with a franchise tag. 

In six seasons Bowe has amassed over 5,000 yards and 39 touchdowns as the No. 1 target in Kansas City. 

He's a great option for a team that needs a possession receiver. Recently, Bowe has come under fire for lackluster effort and leadership and has even been graded out by some scouts as a No. 2 receiver, according to ESPN

Regardless, Bowe still has some positive contributions left in him despite him being 28 years old. He'll demand a lot of money for what could be his final NFL contract, but a change of scenery has done wonders for declining stars before. 

Bowe's market will likely be set by the pending Wallace-Pittsburgh situation. 


Mike Wallace 

Wallace is a budding star in the NFL that is going to demand massive money should he hit the open market this offseason. Whether he deserves it is another issue entirely. 

In three-and-a-half seasons, Wallace has racked up close to 4,000 yards receiving and caught 29 touchdown passes. 

Before this season, Wallace was nothing more than a vertical threat in the Steelers' offense thanks to his elite speed, but with a change in offensive philosophy under Todd Haley, he is slowly shaking that label.

Wallace himself realizes the Steelers new offense is allowing him to evolve as a player, as he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

With Wallace slowly developing an all-around game, he will likely be the most sought-after free agent to hit the market in quite some time. He's only 26 and is an instant upgrade to any receiving core in the league, but he comes with a hefty price tag. 


Bowe or Wallace?

At this point it's hard to decide which receiver would better benefit a team, considering both would cost a franchise a lot of money. 

On one hand you have the crafty Bowe, who excels at moving the sticks and is an excellent red-zone target. On the other you have Wallace, who can turn any simple play into an explosive score that changes the course of the game. 

Obviously each receiver has a particular set of skills that will benefit certain teams with certain needs. Both have also had issues off the field in terms of demanding more money or simply wanting a change of scenery. But which would you rather have your team pick up? And why?



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