The Dallas Cowboys are in need of a wide receiver. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a disgruntled one. Let’s hope Jerry Jones and his son Stephen are on the phones right now saying: “Let’s make a deal.”
The disgruntled wideout in question is fourth year all-pro receiver Mike Wallace. Wallace is a current hold-out refusing to sign a one year $2.7 million tender in-lue of a long term deal. And it appeared the Steelers were willing to comply with his demands until the team dropped a massive bombshell this week.
The Steelers signed non-holdout wideout Antonio Brown to a monster five-year $42.5 million deal. Although this doesn’t entirely close the door on Wallace resigning with the team, the door is certainly swinging in that direction. Rumor has it the disgruntled wideout could be had for as little as a fourth round pick.
The Cowboys certainly have the need at wideout with the vacancy left by now Jacksonville Jaguar Laurent Robinson. With concerns over Dez Bryant’s character cropping up again in the past couple of weeks and Miles Austin’s injury history, getting a all-pro wideout for that price should be music to Jerry’s ears. Especially when you consider Dallas lost out on Baylor wideout Josh Gordon in this month’s NFL Supplemental Draft, who went to the Cleveland Browns for a second round pick. Dallas allegedly offered anywhere from a second to a third round pick for the prospect.
The Cowboys don’t only have a need at the position, but the assets to trade for him. Disgruntled corner Mike Jenkins has been the subject of trade talks for months. He has also asked for a trade and is almost certainly gone after this season. And don’t forget that both running back Felix Jones and linebacker Anthony Spencer are in the final year of their contracts. At this point, many Dallas fans may think a straight up trade for Dez Bryant wouldn’t be out of the question. Hopefully, the Dallas front office learned it’s lesson about holding onto players who want out from the Tashard Choice debacle of last season.
Wallace is speed burner with a career average of 18.7 yards per catch. In his three year career, he has amassed 171 receptions for 3,206 yards and 24 touchdowns. Wallace was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011. He was ranked #47 in the Top 100 NFL players in 2012. And being from New Orleans, coming to Dallas could be a bit of a homecoming for the young and talented receiver.
The only drawback could be that Cowboys are pretty cap stricken themselves. If Dallas did attempt to sign Wallace to a long term deal, it would have to be a contract that was extremely cap friendly. According to ESPN Correspondent John Clayton, Wallace rejected an offer of $9 million a year from the Steelers. At that price point, it might even be too rich for Jerry’s blood.