Hello folks, stepping in from the outside to see if you folks might see any relevance to a theory I have.
This upcomming offseason, the Patriots
have a few areas to address. Not being an avid Pats follower, I won't embarrass myself by trying to peg every one of your needs. So with my limited knowledge, a receiver that spreads the field seems to be high on the list. Whatever happens with Welker, he's not the main focus of this as he has a different role in your offense. With your TE's, you have the middle of the field locked up. Chad Johnson
was supposed to be the one to provide a deep threat, but for whatever reasons didn't see much action. So with a complimentary running game and a prolific passing attack, could Mike Wallace
be on the Patriots radar? Follow me after the jump and I'll outline my rationale.
Let's start in Pittsburgh. Mike Wallace will be a RFA. Woefully over the cap with many of their own free agents to take care of, the Steelers
have a few options. They can continue to try and restructure contracts and by some miracle, perhaps they have enough ammo to resign Wallace straight up. I don't see this happening. Another option? Franchise Wallace for to the tune of about 13-14 million with a cap number of 9M. When you're already 10M over, adding 9M for one guy to cap space you don't have doesn't seem like it will happen either. Another option? Tender him one year 4-7 million with an agreement that more will be done the following year. A possibility, but with the uncertainty of injuries, I don't see a player accepting a deal like this when it sort of undervalues his impact on the team. The most viable option? Tender him as a RFA with a 1st round tag so that if you do lose him, you get something in return.
Enter the Patriots. A deep threat is a need. Perhaps this could be remedied with Brandon Lloyd
, and maybe that's the route the Patriots will go. However what makes all of this interesting, is the fact that all of Hoodies' draft day philandering has phinagled the Patriots an extra 1st round pick, so you guys have two this year. I don't think that it is completely out of the question to ponder the validity of this move. Think about it, the Patriots give up #31, a late first rounder, for a known commodity that fills a major team need. Now obviously this is just speculation, but to me, admittedly an outsider, this line makes sense. The only thing that remains to be seen, especially in the light of Welker contract talks, is if the Patriots and Wallace would be able to come to a deal that is beneficial to both.
I'll shut up now, and if you think I'm an idiot, by all means have at it in the comments. But this makes sense to me and could be a very real scenario. Let me know what you think. CHOWDA!
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