Why the Browns could target Mike Wallace in free agency

Why the Browns could target Wallace in free agency

2/12/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Why the Browns could target Mike Wallace in free agencyThe Pittsburgh Steelers have all but told wide receiver Mike Wallace that they don't want to resign him, and the speedy playmaker will have no shortage of potential suitors once he hits free agency. With the evolution of the passing game, every team in the league would surely love to have a player with Wallace's game-changing speed, but not every team can afford someone with Wallace's price tag.

One of the teams that has plenty of money to spend this offseason is the Cleveland Browns, and there are plenty of reasons to think that Wallace could be a perfect fit on their team.

New head coach Rob Chudzinksi comes from an offensive background and believes heavily in a vertical passing attack. The Panthers offense that he coordinated in 2012 only threw the ball 490 times (26th in the NFL), but gashed defenses for 7.0 yards per pass attempt (5th in the NFL). New offensive coordinator Norv Turner is also a supporter of the vertical passing game. It's the perfect system for Wallace, who is one of the league's fastest players.

Wallace also makes a lot of sense for the Browns from an age standpoint. With their top two receivers going into their second and third NFL seasons, the Browns need some veteran experience in their receiving core. However, they are not in a position to immediately contend for a Super Bowl, so they don't want to add a player who is on the back end of his career. Despite Wallace's disappointing 2012 numbers, he will be 27 years old this summer and is in his physical prime. He could add experience to the Browns' young receiving group, but also be around for years down the road.

Finally, we have the Browns' current quarterback situation. Though many believe that the Browns want to upgrade their quarterback, owner Jimmy Haslam says that the team will have a quarterback competition this offseason. Unless the team lands a player like Alex Smith, I think 2012 starter Brandon Weeden has a good shot at earning the starting gig.

Weeden may have a lot of weaknesses, but he does have one prime strength - his rocket arm. A former baseball player, Weeden can crank the ball downfield and take advantage of loose coverage with the zip he puts on his passes. With a quarterback like that, why not give him an elite downfield weapon with which he can showcase his powerful arm strength?

There have been no team sources linking the Browns to Wallace, but beat writer Mary Kay Cabot says it is something to keep an eye on. With the Browns' cap space, position needs, and offensive system, Wallace does make a lot of sense in Cleveland.

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2/13/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

maybe they could, but the question is, do they wanna?