Power Ranking Top Landing Spots for Mike Wallace in 2013
Mike Wallace is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and that means one of the game's best receivers will be a hot commodity on the open market.
The Pittsburgh Steelers could take all the suspense out of the situation by sticking Wallace with the franchise tag, but that is highly unlikely due to the Steelers expecting to be over the cap at season's end.
So, where does Wallace end up going? Re-signing with Pittsburgh is not out of the question, but there are other teams that make more sense for the speedy wideout.
Let's power rank the five most likely landing spots for Wallace in 2013.
5. Kansas City Chiefs
Obviously adding Wallace alone is not enough to change the fortunes of the Chiefs, but it would be a step in the right direction. Still, it will be tough for Wallace to have interest in Kansas City unless they add a decent quarterback to get him the ball.
Bowe wants out for a reason, and new WR talent won't want to join unless things change within the organization.
4. Seattle Seahawks
Receivers like Sidney Rice and Golden Tate have become prime options for Wilson to throw to, but adding Wallace to the mix could be put this offense over the top.
Marshawn Lynch is among the best running backs in football and the defense is an elite unit. Seattle is already good, but adding Wallace could make the Seahawks great.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
It is still possible for Mike Wallace to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It may be unlikely and improbable, but it is still possible.
Wallace is an important part of what Pittsburgh does offensively and has scored 29 touchdowns since joining the team in 2009.
Antonio Brown has shown that Wallace can be expendable, but the Steelers offense is much more potent with Wallace than without him.
His 39 catches for 525 yards and five touchdowns this season prove his value to the organization.
2. San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers need to make significant changes to their roster and signal a complete shift in philosophy and formula.
One sign of a commitment to change would be bringing in Wallace to the aerial attack. Robert Meachem has been an utter disappointment and Danario Alexander is largely unproven.
That leaves Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates as the only reliable receiving options in San Diego. Wallace would be able to stretch the field and potentially give more room for running backs Ryan Mathews and Jackie Battle.
1. Miami Dolphins
TE Anthony Fasano leads the Miami Dolphins with three touchdown receptions this season. The fact that no Dolphins WR has more than one TD catch is an alarming statistic and shows the need for added talent at the position.
Brian Hartline and Davone Bess are solid options, but neither is as lethal a vertical threat as Wallace and neither demands the defensive attention that Wallace does.
Miami's passing game is quickly evolving with QB Ryan Tannehill; an elite WR with top-end speed would be a tremendous addition to his arsenal.