Mike Wallace to the Minnesota Vikings: Does This Make Sense?

Matthew StensrudContributor IIIMarch 6, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 21:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings have recently been linked to the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace in free agency. According to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, the Vikings may be in a bidding war with the Miami Dolphins for the services of the spirited receiver, joining the Tennessee Titans as another potential suitor in the sweepstakes.

With Dwayne Bowe signing a five-year, $56 million contract earlier this week with the Kansas City Chiefs, Wallace becomes an even hotter commodity among teams looking to add a deep vertical threat.

Wallace had 64 receptions last year for the Steelers, posting 836 yards and eight touchdowns. He has been a consistent weapon the past three years, with his best receiving total coming in 2010 with 1,257 yards.

Looking at the remaining free agents on the market, Wallace should command top market value similar to that of Bowe's contract. With Greg Jennings as the next-best downfield receiver, both Miami and Minnesota will most likely target Wallace first over the 29-year-old from Green Bay.

With all of this said, the question remains: Does Mike Wallace make sense joining the Vikings?

My immediate reaction to this story was that Percy Harvin is gone if Rick Spielman decides to make a play for Wallace. The type of contract  will cripple the team in other free agent signings. If Harvin had thoughts of holding out before, he certainly will not be excited watching Wallace join the team for $10-12 million per year.

Harvin is entering his final year of a five-year, $12.05 million contract.

Whichever way this saga turns, the Vikings appear to be at the center of the drama. And considering the clear differences in Wallace and Harvin's game, Rick Spielman will have a vastly different strategy entering the NFL draft with either on the roster.

In the end, I still give Miami the edge in landing Wallace, with Jennings as a potential second-place trophy. Spielman continues to keep a poker face concerning Harvin, leaving the draft and other potential signings up in the air.


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