Nov 13, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Could Mike Wallace Land in Dallas?


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.”

Dec 8, 2011; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) stretches for the end zone past Cleveland Browns Sheldon Brown (24) during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. Wallace was ruled down short of the end zone. Pittsburgh won the game, 14-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

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.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant Josh Gordon Mike Wallace Miles Austin NFL Supplemental Draft Pittsburgh Steelers Trade

  • californy

    I consider this I just dont think we could afford his salary. he already turn down a 5 year 50 million dollar contract. Wallace demands are for over 10 million a year, if you look at the last two trade the boys have made for WR, Roy Williams and Joey Galloway they have been a disater. Most WR are system player and I dont know whether he would be a fit. If the boys should make a trade it should be for a center or Guard position not for a WR where we are already loaded at. The boy need CB, so I dont think Jenkins should be part of a trade without receiving a CB in return.

    • http://twitter.com/AngryPopCulture AngryPopCultureGuy

      Very smart. Where as most would jump all over this, you hit the nail on why we probably shouldn’t.

      Mike Wallace isn’t a player you break the bank for. He just looks like one.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Dboyz62 David Perez

        What makes you so sure he isn’t the real deal?

  • californy

    I dont think we should trade Dez because of Wallace contract demands. If we pay him 11 million then our 2 top WR will be making close to 20 million combined, that like 1/6 of the team salary for two player playing the same position. i doubt we would get 1250 yards out of either player. That making the contract not worth it. At least you are thinking ahead, when these player come up. I think ahead and look at the salary these two player will command. i go on the record in trading both WR sometime in the next couple of years because their salary just dont warrent their production on the field.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dboyz62 David Perez

    Go after Mike Wallace Jerry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dboyz62 David Perez

    Can you imagine such a target for Tony Romo?!

  • fryguy

    haha dream on cowgirls. wtf would we trade him for a 4th when we get a 3rd if we lose him in free agency next year. no way you or any other team gets him for less than a 2nd and a 1st more appropriate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dboyz62 David Perez

      You seem a little nervous.

      • Blackadar

        Sanity =/= nervousness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pete-Johnson/100001580694608 Pete Johnson

    I don’t think so kiddies. A) Wallace just got replaced by a former 6th rd. pick who nearly matched Wallace’s production in ’11. B) Pitt. isn’t a stupid organization so something stinks here. C) Pitt. is on record as having not drafted Mike Jenkins on purpose, on acct. of his lackluster approach to tackling. D) You’re flipping crazy if you want to deal Dez for Wallace. E) Both Felix and Spencer have firmly entrenched roles in Dallas. F) As the Steeler fan pointed out, we can’t get him for a fourth.
    If Pitt releases him then maybe I would bring him in for a physical. Not until then. I think an entirely more plausible scenario to fill our #3 WR position, would be to trade Mike Jenkins to Detroit, who is in dire straits for their RCB position, for Titus Young. Young is a long way off from Wallace’s production level but has exhibited great potential and is still developing. His price would also be FAR more in line with a 3rd WR pricetag.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hiligh Tim Romel Hiligh

    I think it’s becoming more and more likely that the Steelers trade Mike Wallace. He’s overestimating his value and he’s starting to look like a headcase. If he believes he’s that good and such a hot commodity, why did every single NFL team pass on signing him to an offer sheet when he was a restricted free agent? You mean to tell me the 49ers who are in desperate need for WR’s would rather draft an unproven WR from Illinois in the late 1st round rather than part with that 1st round pick to sign Mike Wallace? If teams would rather draft a young unproven WR with a late 1st than to sign Mike Wallace that should have told Mike that he’s not worth the money he’s demanding from the Steelers. Teams aren’t going to trade for Mike Wallace because they don’t believe he’s worth the money he’s asking. He should play for the 2.7 tender offered by the Steelers and then go out and prove his value with a great season. Then, let teams bid on his services.

  • Primetime/Playmaker

    MIke,Dez & Miles o wow!

  • Steeler4Cowboy

    Would not trade Dez or Miles4 Wallace but I wil trade Laurent Robinson,Olgatree,J.Gordon,Dezmon Brisco & Holmes 4 Wallace (all who the Boys were interested in)

  • ctcowboy1968

    Can’t have 3 great WRs. To much cap $ in one position. To many hands to fed the ball to. Don’t be pessimistic and plan on people being hurt (not at this price level). Wallace is a deep threat monster, but not a complete WR.
    Don’t trade Jenkins. He will probably play more then he or everyone else thinks.
    Besides, with that much WR talent, then everyone will want to play the spread formation all the time. This team should be playing two WR, RB, FB, TE most of the time.