Mike Wallace is worth the price tag
The consensus in the NFL community is that soon to be former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is the riskiest free agent in the 2013 free agency cycle. He’s one-dimensional, he’s inconsistent, he’s unreliable and he doesn’t deserve the big money contract is the top criticisms by NFL analysts and pundits about Wallace.
However give Mike Wallace a break. He held out the 2012 season, because he was trying to get paid for what he’s worth.
His production went down in 2012, because he had to learn the new offense under Todd Haley on the fly. However Wallace still produced in 2012 at a high level.
Wallace is worth the big bucks, because his production warrants it. So let’s compare Wallace to the closet wide receiver salaries in the NFL.
Wallace wants top five wide receiver money in the likely 11 million to 13 million a year range, and we can compare his production over the last three seasons to Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Marshall and Vincent Jackson who are all in that price range.