The Pittsburgh Steelers, reportedly estimated to be $20m above the salary cap, face the ever-increasing possibility of losing their star wideout Mike Wallace. Rumours across the league have suggested that a late first-round pick would be enough to prise Wallace away from the Steelers. With the #30 overall pick, and a NEED at WR, the 49ers' problem at WR could be solved with the addition of Wallace. Many people believe the 49ers should target a big-bodied receiver to help them with last season's red-zone woes. Although Mike Wallace does not have the size many people covet, his elite speed alone may prove to be more valuable.
Here's a few reasons why Mike Wallace will be a great fit with the 49ers.
- A legitimate deep threat. Vernon Davis was the 49ers only deep threat last season. Similarly, Wallace can stretch the field and is a big-time playmaker. The 49ers did not have a playmaker at WR, Wallace fits this bill.
- Opens up play-action and the run game. Defenses constantly loaded the box to stop the 49ers power running game. This meant 1-on-1 coverage against the outside WR's. Leaving 1-on-1 with Wallace and no over-the-top help would be a very dangeorus game to play, he creates separation with his elite speed and showed us this season, once he's gone... he's gone. Safeties would have to respect Wallace's deep threat ability, dropping deeper in order to prevent the deep ball down the field. This means the box will be overcrowded, running lanes will appear and Gore could break out for bigger runs.
The 49ers should seriously consider Mike Wallace, given the current situation with the steeles, Wallace looks likely to be on the move. Will he end up in the bay?