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Where are the best fits for top free agents like Mario Williams and Peyton Manning? Try Tennessee and Seattle, respectively.
13 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2012, 6:22pm
What about Mike Wallace? If I were the Bears' management, I would prefer him to Vincent Jackson. Then again, if I were the Bears' management, I wouldn't be reading intelligent football websites.
The Bears do not need another tiny speedy receiver. They need someone who can run slant routes without falling down, and out jump a DB for an occasional jump ball.
NFL.com lists Wallace at 6 feet even, 199 pounds. That's definitely not big, but is it really "tiny?"
PFR has him at 180 lbs.
Still, the Bears need a big physical receiver, which Wallace is not.
The Bears need a receiver who can consistently get open regardless of coverage, which Wallace can. The two teams that have both cap space and need a WR are the Chiefs and Bengals. Too bad the Chiefs pick so high and the Bengals are so cheap. The 49ers could go for Wallace. Alex Smith may have a noodle arm, but Colin Kaepernick had one of the strongest arms in last year's draft. And despite last year, Smith has not been the most durable QB. He's probably better than anyone the 49ers might draft that late and they have loads of cap space they could use on a front-loaded contract the Steelers couldn't match.
Ok, Wallace might be better than not getting any other receiver, but Jackson or Bowe would be more helpful.
They should look into Danny Coale.
So far as I have been able to determine, PFR uses their draft-day metrics for their data, whereas the NFL seems to use the team's official listing as of the most recent season.
Not for the cost of a first-round tender, they don't.
I'd be shocked if the Pats didn't make a serious run at Williams. It makes too much sense - they hurt the Steelers, they maximize the end of the Brady era, they have a pick to spare. If I were them, I'd even risk low-balling Welker if it meant getting Wallace.
Not gonna happen.
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