November 12, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) just misses a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Wallace Should Be Bears Top Priority in Free Agency


With Percy Harvin being traded to the Seahawks today, and Anquan Boldin being traded to the 49ers, it was making me think about free agency and the Bears. Actually, I haven’t stopped thinking about free agency and the Bears since the end of last season.

I think that the Bears top priority should be signing wideout Mike Wallace. Wallace is one of the fastest wide receivers in the NFL. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, from 2009-2012 Wallace has ranked 4th in yards per reception among active players. He is a legitimate, experienced downfield threat.

I  know, everyone is going to say sign a left tackle. How about signing a guard? Yeah, those are good, but the Bears needs are not just with the offensive line. The Bears have been missing a valuable piece to the wide receiver puzzle ever since Johnny Knox went down with an injury, and Johnny Knox was exactly what Mike Wallace is.

Think about how the 28th ranked offense from last year will look with a completed wide receiver core with legitimate threats. The Seahawks obviously thought it was important to add a downfield threat, only they are getting a more versatile player with Harvin. The Bears only need a player who can stretch the field.

I think that the offensive line can be upgraded with tier 2 guys and the draft. With the new coaching staff, I think it is much more important to sign a proven, speedy wide receiver to complete the puzzle. What do you think Bears fans?

Tags: Chicago Bears Free Agency Mike Wallace

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenzie.dow Kenzie Dow

    I think getting Wallace would give the bears one of the best receiving corps in the league, but he has already turned down an offer from Pittsburgh for ten million a year.I think that in itself makes him pretty unattainable with very limited space and a lot of our own free agents that need to be brought back.Besides we can always find a young, speedy, cheaper option in the draft.

    • Michael Praser

      It’s that “best receiving corps in the league” that makes me think Wallace would be worth it. Do I think the Bears would actually spend big money on Wallace? Maybe.

  • BearGogglesOn

    Mike, you’ve got what we call “champagne taste on a beer budget.” No denying Wallace’s talent, but he is a luxury item. The Bears will be shopping on the clearance rack.

    • Michael Praser

      Maybe Wallace is like Miller High Life. You know, “the champagne of beers”.

  • John Mack

    No need to break the bank when you have potential in the draft. Terrell Sinkfield supposedly posted a 4.19 40-time at a recent pro day. So There is unheralded ability to be found in this draft (as any). Let’s trust Phil Emery’s eye to find us the next blazing speedster to complement our receiving corps.

    • Michael Praser

      I don’t disagree, but I do think when you draft a speed guy that it’s always a hit or miss. Wallace, in my opinion, is s sure thing.

      • John Mack

        I acknowledge Wallace’s ability, but look at this year’s cap. Then look at the hit Peppers accounts for on next year’s cap. Plus, I’m really seeing that good teams draft more than they are active in Free agency (Packers, 9ers, Patriots). I just think Wallace’s price tag is too high. He’ll do well in Carolina, bringing Cam Newton another weapon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DraconWolf Jerry Richardson

    Wallace would be welcomed…but not for the money would it be good for the Bears’. Left Tackle, Right Guard and Tight end….then some quality youngersters to bring along on the defenseive side at line backer and safety and cornerback.

  • LOR

    Wallace is worth at best 7 Mill a year at best so if Miami decides to go cheap we might have a shot but that’s not going to happen. Wallace will be complaining about Tannehill in September and running by Jacksonville defenders to pad his stats in 2013.

    • Michael Praser

      Ha! If Miami picks him up, they are fools. He is a one dimensional receiver, the exact dimension that that Bears need.