The Pittsburgh Steelers will face an interesting cap situation this offseason as they enter $16 million over the limit. The need to cut money will likely lead to the Steelers parting ways with a number of their veteran talent. Some names that the Steelers are not expected to retain heading in to next season are nose tackle Casey Hampton, running back Rashard Mendenhall, linebacker James Harrison and speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Because of his skillset and age, Wallace will be one of the highly coveted free agent wide receivers if he hits the market.
Wallace is a dynamic wideout that can stretch the field and is as good of a deep threat as you can find in the NFL may not have to go far if the Steelers choose to let him go in free agency. In fact, there is some serious belief that Wallace wouldn’t even have to find the AFC North.
The Browns have about $30 million in space and will be big spenders under new owner Jimmy Haslam and team president Joe Banner. Many in the Steelers organization believe Wallace will end up with their division rivals in Cleveland (Haslam was a former minority owner of the Steelers).
Wallace is expected to seek a four or five-year deal worth upwards of $10 million per year. If the Browns are willing to pay up for a player like Wallace, it will just add another wrinkle to the storied rivalry between the two franchises.