With recent news from Steelers fans' favorite reporter, Jason La Canfora, that "many in the organization" feel wide receiver Mike Wallace will end up as a member of the Cleveland Browns, one has to look at the reasons behind why a team would look to sign Wallace to a long-term deal.
The reality is every team with available cap space would entertain interest if the price was right. The logic of new head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner "believe in a vertical-oriented passing offense" is far too convenient; I am unaware of an offensive coordinator who does not believe in the power of the vertical passing game.
And if you want to play that card, it seems Arizona head coach Bruce Arians - Wallace's offensive coordinator during his first three and best seasons - believes in a vertical passing game as well (the Cardinals are at a relatively manageable $3.3 million over the 2013 salary cap). Arians was committed to getting Wallace the ball, win, lose or not calling a draw.
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