Steelers’ Mike Wallace won’t deny interest in San Francisco 49ers or New England Patriots
Tom Brady takes the snap. He drops. He looks left. He wants Wes Welker, but Cortland Finnegan and Louis Delmas, of the Detroit Lions have him covered. Brady comes back to his right. Amari Spievey and Chris Houston take away Rob Gronkowski. What’s this? No one’s left to cover Mike Wallace? Brady avoids the rush by Ndamukong Suh and heaves it deep. He’s got it! Touchdown! Touchdown Patriots, and they defeat the Detroit Lions 100-99 in Super Bowl XLVII.
Although the preceding hasn’t happened yet, Pittsburgh Steelers’ restricted free agent, Mike Wallace, wouldn’t dismiss the idea of playing in New England in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. The third-year receiver enters the offseason off of consecutive thousand-yard years. When asked if he was interested in playing for the Patriots or the San Francisco 49ers, Wallace said “Most definitely. Those are two playoff-caliber teams, Super Bowl-caliber teams.”
Wallace, who caught 38 percent of Pittsburgh’s receiving touchdowns last year, “definitely want[s] to get [his] money.” Wallace would cost the Steelers nine million to franchise. The Steelers are currently over the cap. If he signs with another team, the Steelers would acquire their first round pick if. The 49ers and Patriots pick 30th and 31st respectively.
Last year, Wallace ranked fourth in the NFL in receptions of 40 yards or more with seven. The highest ranked player for either the 49ers or Patriots on that list was the 14th ranked Wes Welker with four receptions of forty plus yards. The highest ranked 49er was Michael Crabtree at 23rd. In 2007, the top guy on that list, Randy Moss, caught nine for the Patriots.
About the Steelers, Wallace said, “I wouldn’t want to go anywhere and leave the situation where I am at with a great quarterback, a great organization or go somewhere where I don’t feel like I could succeed.”