Monday, February 25, 2013
Browns targeting Wallace?
By Tim Kavanagh
For years and years, the Cleveland Browns have been searching for a top-flight wide receiver, and that's led them to invest both free agent dollars and high draft picks on players that they thought could fit the bill, including Braylon Edwards, Mohamed Massaqoui, Brian Robiskie, Donte' Stallworth, and most recently, Greg Little and Josh Gordon. Those last two showed some capabilities in 2012, but neither has yet reached the level of true No. 1 wideout. However, the Browns' deficiency in this regard could change this offseason.
Lane Adkins of the Orange and Brown Report passes along word that the Browns like some of the talent attributes of impending free agent WR Mike Wallace; namely, his speed, quickness and ability to stretch the field, which is a huge asset in the offense that Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner are bringing to Cleveland for 2013.
There's a catch, however: Adkins reports that the Browns are not too keen on paying the suspected price tag -- around $10 million per season -- for Wallace. It's not so much that it's an untenable figure due to their cap space, but the team is expected to fill a number of needs via free agency this offseason (and possibly trading for a QB), and doling out that much for just one player may not be in their best interests. The other team expected to make a big push for Wallace this offseason is Miami, who may be adding multiple top targets at the position.