There is never a slow day in the NFL, even during the offseason. As free agency continues, more and more players continue to disperse and find new homes. In this case, Mike Wallace, former Steelers and Vikings wide receiver, is one of the newest players to find a home.
Wallace has signed a 2-year deal, worth $11.5 million dollars, with the Baltimore Ravens. During his days with the Steelers, Wallace was considered a top receiver who could stretch the field and hit the home run play. His dynamic play making ability earned him a contract with the Dolphins, but was unable to achieve true success with Miamai. The 2015 season was his worst season thus far from a statistical standpoint. Wallace was practically a non-factor in the Vikings offense and was surpassed on the depth chart by standout rookie wide receiver Stephon Diggs.
On his way out, well after he joined Baltimore Wallace delivered what many perceived a parting shot at his former signal caller Teddy Bridgewater. Wallace clarified his statements in a piece from USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. One of the key things stated in that article was his wanting to be with a great deep-ball thrower, a quarterback that isn’t afraid to push the ball downfield and give his wideouts a chance to make a play on the ball. Flacco isn’t Big Ben, but they both have an affinity for going deep no matter the situation.
After losing Steve Smith for the season last year, Baltimore struggled to fill the void at wide receiver. Wallace provides an immediate upgrade for the Ravens at the position. At age 29, Wallace still has the capability of being a deep threat and potentially taking the top of defenses. As his production has declined in the past few seasons, only time will tell if Wallace can return to form. A change of scenery, a new offense, could be vital factors in propelling Wallace to restore his career.
Baltimore is hoping that Wallace can regain that Steeler form while being a good complement to last year’s first round draft pick Breshad Perriman. Giving the Ravens two guys that can stretch a defense or just blow the top off it on every single play.