There are rumors swirling around Cleveland about which free agents the Browns will attempt to lure into town during this off-season. The Browns have plenty of cap room to offer up some big numbers to the right free-agents. One name other than Alex Smith has surfaced in Cleveland: Mike Wallace.
Mike Wallace has enjoyed success while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former third round pick had two 1,000 yard seasons in 2010 and 2011. He has excellent hands and is a deep threat consistently, averaging 17.2 yards per reception over his four year career in Pittsburgh. Despite Wallace's numbers declining in 2012, the Cleveland Browns appear to be highly interested in obtaining his services. The Steelers are reportedly uninterested in slapping Wallace with their franchise tag, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent this off-season.
The Cleveland Browns have struggled greatly with their passing game the past few seasons, and rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw more picks than touchdowns last season. A good percentage of passes were botched by receivers in 2010 and 2011, leading the Browns to use their 2013 second round draft pick on WR Josh Gordon from Baylor University. Gordon has good hands and is also a long ball threat, but the Browns require another sure handed receiver, if they are to become a playoff contending team.
Wallace would give the Browns potentially the fastest starting duo of receivers in the league next season Greg Little would be moved to the slot or 3WR where his game should see some improvement as a result. Mo Mass at the 4WR would round out a good receiving core for the Browns next season, or potentially the best since the team returned to the league in 1999.