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Report: Patriots have “some interest” in Mike Wallace

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With most teams experiencing irrational fear over tampering charges if they reach agreement with free agents during a period where negotiations intended to culminate in, you know, agreements are permissibly occurring, it’s still OK for teams to make it known that they have interest in a player.

Especially if they don’t really have interest.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Patriots are showing interest in Steelers receiver Mike Wallace.

As Salguero points out, interest and a contract are two very different things.  At a minimum, the Pats could be applying the Jedi mind trick to a Dolphins organization that already is motivated, by all appearances, to pursue Wallace.  If the Patriots can dupe the Dolphins into devoting more cash and cap space on a player whom they covet, it’s an advantage for the Pats, who compete directly with the Dolphins in the AFC East.

New England rarely does a cannon ball into the deep end of the free-agent pool.  It’s not unprecedented (e.g., Adalius Thomas), but it’s not common.  Unless they can persuade Wallace to take less than he’ll be offered elsewhere, signing Wallace would be an unlikely expenditure of the cap space Tom Brady’s new deal helped create.

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  1. bananagrabber12 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:00 AM

    I think you’re right. I don’t think the Patriots would sign a Wallace-level player in free agency. Probably just Belichickian mind games.

  2. faulkner22 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:08 AM

    How soon before we have Peyton Manning to the Colts rumors being floated?

  3. karlton3 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:08 AM

    ” At a minimum, the Pats could be applying the Jedi mind trick to a Dolphins organization that already is motivated, by all appearances, to pursue Wallace. If the Patriots can dupe the Dolphins into devoting more cash and cap space on a player whom they covet, it’s an advantage for the Pats, who compete directly with the Dolphins in the AFC East.”

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    Ya think? How else does a MIAMI paper find out about inner New England Patriots workings?

  4. hutch119 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:09 AM

    Another WR that can take the blame for Brady’s awful deep ball.

  5. cornersss says: Mar 9, 2013 2:10 AM

    if wallace didnt want to sign for a discount on the steelers, why would he do it on the pats?

  6. siggtacular says: Mar 9, 2013 2:15 AM

    Mike Wallace – Patriot

    Paul Kruger – Brown

    Jermon Bushrod – Raven

  7. spfripp says: Mar 9, 2013 2:19 AM

    Ireland may have made some questionable moves but he hardly ever puts up more money than he is willing to spend on a player. If the Pats were out to get Miami to spend more than they are willing, than odds are they will fail.

  8. lostsok says: Mar 9, 2013 2:20 AM

    I think you have the target of the Jedi Mindtrick wrong, Florio.

    It’s hardly worth Belichecks time to inflate the value of a player that several teams are already interested…several of whom have more cap space than New England. The results of that dodge would be minimal.

    I suspect the real audience for this little farce is one Wes Welker. It’s kind of like when you’re fighting with a girlfriend and thinking of dumping her…then see her talking to some guy you never met. Suddenly proposing marriage seems like the PERFECT idea.

    Welker now must imagine a faster player taking his role…and wonder if he doesn’t find a better fit if he’ll even be welcomed back.

    I hate New England, but that evil troll of a coach is so good at these mind games its not even fair. I wish I didn’t respect him so much for it…

  9. jack3dsd says: Mar 9, 2013 2:22 AM

    or the pats want a field stretcher

  10. blackngold4life says: Mar 9, 2013 2:28 AM

    Yeah riiiiight! Brady would under throw Wallace every time! He don’t run 5 yard patterns

  11. eventhorizon04 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:29 AM

    Wallace is leaving a contender in Pittsburgh that offered him $8+ million per year because he wants an even payday.

    While it’s completely fair for him to prioritize money (especially as a former third round pick coming off his rookie deal), the fact is that guys who prioritize money over contending for the Super Bowl generally don’t get signed by the Patriots, who don’t like to “overspend” in free agency.

  12. zclorz says: Mar 9, 2013 2:37 AM

    This is good. Really good. They need a deep threat. Gronk and Hernandez can be the middle yardage guys.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:39 AM

    The report comment clicker is in a bad space for an iPad. I’ve accidentally hit it 4 times in the last couple days when I’ve been going for a thumbs up or down

  14. patsack69 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:40 AM

    With or without Miami spending more on Wallace…in the near future, New England has nothing to worry about

  15. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:43 AM

    The interest could also be legit. They haven’t had a guy who could stretch the field since Moss left.

  16. johnnycash19 says: Mar 9, 2013 2:47 AM

    I don’t know, if they can’t resign Welker, why not Wallace? Imagine a deep threat like Wallace with those 2 huge TE’s in Gronk and Hernandez? That’d be scary.

  17. nwofolife says: Mar 9, 2013 2:57 AM

    He’s similar to deon branch when he was early in his career. A guy who could stretch the field for some underneath stuff for guys like Welker, Gronk and Hernandez.

    Nothing wrong with kicking the tires and seeing if he’ll sign up for a discount.

  18. downslide33 says: Mar 9, 2013 3:11 AM

    Wallace and Welker will be getting about the same money wont they????

    So how can the Pats have the money to sign Welker but not Wallace????

  19. Max says: Mar 9, 2013 3:17 AM

    Smoke screen…

  20. trevor123698 says: Mar 9, 2013 3:28 AM

    They need a deep threat and if they get him and let welker go it will be no loss as great as welker is. I dont trust that knee that he shredded a few years back to hang on much longer

  21. darkblue08 says: Mar 9, 2013 3:35 AM

    He should not go to New England. Bradys deepball is not good enough. Wallace should go a place with a QB with one of the strongest arms. He should have RG3 or Cam Newton through to him.

  22. freyj3773 says: Mar 9, 2013 3:37 AM

    WR needy team is interested in one of the top WR free agents? Noooooooooooooooooo… Great article

  23. toonsterwu says: Mar 9, 2013 4:04 AM

    I’d probably have my doubts on Mike Wallace there as well (and I find it curious that Salguero would report on a target before the Boston press did) … but it wouldn’t … stun me if they went that route. They need a guy to take the top off the defense. If they could add that, the offense would have a chance to be a lot more dynamic, as otherwise, teams are able to sit and focus on the short-intermediate areas a lot more. There’s no Torrey Smith to open space up for them.

    After years of talking about how they rarely draft pass rushers early (and prefer veterans), they found their guy in Chandler Jones last year. When you factor in their misses on rookie WR’s (Taylor Price, Brandon Tate, Chad Jackson), the lack of picks (missing 4th/5th/6th rounders through trades), and other multiple big needs (CB is glaring, they could use some DL talent, and OT may be a concern … the Patriots may need to spend to address one of their key needs if they want to give Brady’s final years a strong push. It might not be Wallace, but it wouldn’t be stunning if it was.

  24. contra74 says: Mar 9, 2013 4:17 AM

    So tell me again about this source that says NE is…..oh, there is no….it’s just a hunch!?!.

  25. patfanken says: Mar 9, 2013 4:55 AM

    Wallace makes no sense to the Pats. Undisciplined, poor route runner who cares more about his own stats and paycheck than team wins. T.here is a reason the Steelers were willing to let him go.

    He thrived in the old Steeler offense, where Ben could extend plays and he could improvise. Now that the Steelers are going to run a more precise offense under their new OC, Wallace became the odd man out.

    Love his speed, but hate his price tag and attitude . Miami might be a good landing spot for him, but the Jets would fit his attitude better. The Steelers are good at getting teams to overpay their leftovers. Just look at Santonio Holmes.

  26. 1chilla says: Mar 9, 2013 5:57 AM

    Hate the patriots but if they can land wallace with the weapons they have at the tight end spot that would be a dangerous offense with wallace commanding deep ball respect he would have best season of career playn with brady.

  27. ravenmuscle says: Mar 9, 2013 6:27 AM

    Problem is that Brady can’t throw the ball over 30 yards anymore….so what good would Walace be for them. Brady throws 10 yard crossing patterns to Welker and 15 yard passes to Hernandez and Gronkowski.(when his forearm isn’t broken in half).

  28. promickey says: Mar 9, 2013 7:12 AM

    Florio writes:

    If the Patriots can dupe the Dolphins into devoting more cash and cap space on a player whom they covet, it’s an advantage for the Pats, who compete directly with the Dolphins in the AFC East.
    ===================================
    your right Mike, the Dolphins seem to be motivated to the point that they will give Wallace the third highest contract amoung WR’s but the Dolphins are not being duped. They know what will be required. That said paying more for Wallace could keep the Dolphins from getting a top FA tight end that they also need. If Wallace is smart he will go with the Patriots for less money. Then the Dolphins will most likely go into a contingency plan and obtain Jennings another FA WR for less money. In my opinion the Patriots also have a dire need for the Wallace skill set to stretch the field.

  29. wryly1 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:17 AM

    Nice to have Welker and the two fine TE’s, but Pats need a true #1 WR if Brady & Belicheck hope to get another ring. Moss wore out and Ocho never stepped up to the task.

  30. phinfan says: Mar 9, 2013 7:25 AM

    Call their bluff ireland!!! You pansy bastards

  31. patsbbfan says: Mar 9, 2013 7:25 AM

    Watch out Pats… you will be found guilty of tampering and fined and lose a draft choice… Goodwell just said so…..You can’t do this until 4 PM today….

  32. kelvinmchale says: Mar 9, 2013 7:38 AM

    That first sentence is a mess on so many levels, it gave an ice cream headache.

  33. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:41 AM

    You can have him.

  34. tegmiami says: Mar 9, 2013 7:46 AM

    Indeed, Patriots have “some” interest in Wallace because they want the Dolphins to pay more the Guy.

  35. aaronwest says: Mar 9, 2013 7:49 AM

    Belicheck: Rook to Queen Bishop 4

    “Your move, Wes.”

  36. wte1 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:50 AM

    Mike Wallace would be a great fit in New England b/c Belichick loves versatile players.

    Wallace can play the speed burner role at WR and he’s also an excellent correspondent on 60 Minutes.

  37. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:53 AM

    We have never made a mistake.

    ~ 6 rings

  38. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:57 AM

    Mike Wallace would be a great fit in New England b/c Belichick loves versatile players.
    _______________________

    And what about Mike Wallace is versatile? He runs straight.

  39. stillers6 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:59 AM

    Patriots are the best fit style wise in the whole NFL and the only team Steeler fans really really don’t want him to join. He could go to 30 other teams and I doubt anyone in the Burgh would care.

  40. jpb12 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:00 AM

    I think this is exactly what Brady wanted with the cap room

  41. patssteelersorgiants says: Mar 9, 2013 8:01 AM

    Bye bye Welker. Go drop the ball somewhere else. Brady to Wallace TOUCHDOWN!

  42. blitz87 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:10 AM

    I saw “According to Armando Salguero” and stopped reading.

  43. jenkins31 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:13 AM

    My dynasty team is drooling at the posibilties.

  44. keiselsbeard says: Mar 9, 2013 8:19 AM

    patssteelersorgiants says:
    Mar 9, 2013 8:01 AM
    Bye bye Welker. Go drop the ball somewhere else. Brady to Wallace TOUCHDOWN!

    Did you watch any of our games last season? That’s all Wallace did was drop VERY catchable passes. I couldn’t tell you how man y times he got hit right in his stone hands and never pulled it in. He only knows 1 route, run straight as fast as you can & look up. Brady better throw to him every 2nd or 3rd play, otherwise poor Mikey can’t concentrate & he’ll drop the ball. I hope he goes elsewhere and takes those larda$$es Willie Colon & LaMarr Woodley with him. Maybe then we can get some guys on our roster that want to work and win championships.

  45. flash1283 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:20 AM

    ravenmuscle says:
    Mar 9, 2013 6:27 AM
    Problem is that Brady can’t throw the ball over 30 yards anymore….so what good would Walace be for them. Brady throws 10 yard crossing patterns to Welker and 15 yard passes to Hernandez and Gronkowski.(when his forearm isn’t broken in half).

    The Texans disagree with you.

  46. wilbertmontgomery says: Mar 9, 2013 8:27 AM

    Raising the price for Wallace may be good for the Pats in the very short term but they are also helping set the market for a position they will likely to shop in. This could be short sighted and overly petty.

  47. BroncsApocalypse says: Mar 9, 2013 8:30 AM

    A WR with his kind of talent and pure speed is scary on this team.

  48. tigerlilac says: Mar 9, 2013 8:35 AM

    No one in the NFL moves the chains like Brady to Welker. Brady did his part to keep Welker and now it’s up to Wes and Belichick to close the deal. Any astute observer of the Patriots will note that those third down receptions take a physical and emotional toll on an opposing defense. You can see it in the demonstrative reactions on the defensive side of the ball. Alas, to be truly effective Welker needs a redzone threat like Gronkowski to get the touchdown after all of that work and he has been hurt in too many key games. Wallace would be nice but a physical receiver with size would be a better complement to the Patriots.

  49. navis97 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:37 AM

    benroethlisberger7 and logicalvoicesays should hook up.

  50. thegonz13 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:38 AM

    How do you spell “smokescreen”?

  51. kordogg says: Mar 9, 2013 9:07 AM

    People say Brady can’t throw over 30 yards anymore are lying. His arm has never been better. He is accurate deep, it’s just that he has not had a deep threat to catch those passes since Randy Moss. We saw flickers of it with Wes, Slater, Tate, Stallworth, Edleman, and even the runningbacks and tightends. But never consistent like Randy Moss because Randy Moss was gifted with speed and hands. He honed those skills before he came to New England. Mike has Moss like speed but his hands might be an issue but look at the angels in which he runs with that break away speed. That is special! Also in super bowl against the Giants super bowl 46 I believe, Brady threw an accurate 48 yard or more hail mary that got to Gronk dead on the money but someone got under him and deflected it. Even in 2012 Brady could hit the deep ball with Dante Stallworth when he was double covered! Brady is a little rusty but once he has actual speed at reciever he will look better because he will have more practice.

  52. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 9, 2013 9:09 AM

    panfanken:
    The Steelers were NOT “willing” to let Wallace go. He turned down a $10 million per year offer. The Steelers simply can’t afford him.
    Bad attitude and all, Wallace still had 8 TD receptions this past season.
    Put Wallace with a better offense that has a quarterback who can throw an accurate deep ball, sky’s the limit for this kid.

  53. igotgamenj says: Mar 9, 2013 9:10 AM

    Wallace will be a Miami Dolphin…BOOK IT

  54. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    benroethlisberger7 and logicalvoicesays should hook up.

    Nah, a three way including the brainless ravenator would be quite spectacular ..IQ of the three added together is below their body temperature.

  55. ravenator says: Mar 9, 2013 9:39 AM

    Patriots need all the help they can get to beat the ravens. Tellers are but an afterthought, no longer relevant, no longer important. They are but base,net dwellers competing with the browns for the leagues mediocrity title

  56. lifeimitatesfootball says: Mar 9, 2013 9:49 AM

    Jedi Mind Trick, indeed…

    But did BB use it on the Dolphins? In 2009, BB let it be known he was “interested” in QB Pat White right before Miami was to pick their #44 pick in the draft…Parcells then proceeded to draft one of the biggest busts in Fins draft history (the Pats drafted next and got Ron Brace…a big Pats draft bust…karma you know) And then you have the Wes Welker trade deal, and we know how that turned out.

    Did BB use it on Welker? That remains to be seen.

    My hunch: Salguero used it on the Phins, not BB…read the Herald to find out just how much Armando loves to piss on Jeff Ireland (which is why, I think, so many Fins fans love to piss on Ireland), trying to “force” Ireland to get Wallace…thus, after reading Salquero, owner Ross will tell Ireland he must get Mike Wallace to “keep him away from the Patriots”

  57. tannethrill says: Mar 9, 2013 9:50 AM

    Sounds more like due diligence and pressure on Welker. Came out of Miami so I have to question the source’s motive.

  58. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 9, 2013 9:56 AM

    Patriots need all the help they can get to beat the ravens. Tellers are but an afterthought, no longer relevant, no longer important. They are but base,net dwellers competing with the browns for the leagues mediocrity title

    This post reflects a body temp below 60 which matches the IQ . Hey we may be fighting to avoid being in the basement but we are not living in the basement of moms house.

  59. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 9, 2013 9:59 AM

    Patriots need all the help they can get to beat the ravens. Tellers are but an afterthought, no longer relevant, no longer important. They are but base,net dwellers competing with the browns for the leagues mediocrity title

    Who are the tellers…bank tellers? Get a grip you can’t afford a brain drain at this point.

  60. toybkshr says: Mar 9, 2013 10:02 AM

    I will agree Brady’s deep ball wasn’t what it should have been, but I see it as more of a speed/timing issue with the WR’s. I watched every play of the 2012 season, and he overthrew as many long passes as otherwise.

  61. zackattack006 says: Mar 9, 2013 10:07 AM

    Beli-cheat at his best.

  62. osteelers says: Mar 9, 2013 10:16 AM

    Someone is going to pay him, and I doubt it’ll be the Steelers or the Patroits. Don’t be surprised if he becomes a Brown, they have the most cap space of any team. Wallace is fast but he wont make a play on the ball when covered like Megatron and Fitzgerald or Boldin. He can run fast but will never make a play in traffic. I watch him closely his last two years, other than his speed he wasn’t that impressive. His speed is worth something and I’m sure some team will lump loads of money on him then inturn cut him after his production could be as low as it was the past 2 seasons in Pittsburgh.

  63. steelcurtainn says: Mar 9, 2013 10:32 AM

    Would love to keep Mike Wallace but not at the big contract he is looking to get.

  64. ravenator says: Mar 9, 2013 10:35 AM

    No fool because clearly I am the love o

  65. ravenator says: Mar 9, 2013 11:03 AM

    Steeler fans are having such a tough time adjusting to what life is like when you’re no longer relevant, competitive, and no one cares about history from the seventies. Oh what a great weekend. Don’t hate, appreciate. Cheers!

  66. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 9, 2013 11:22 AM

    No fool because clearly I am the love o

    Let me finish it for you…because clearly I am the love of my life.its good to like yourself especially in your sad case….your mom has to tie a pork chop around your neck so the dog will play with you….but hey mom still loves you that’s a consultation…cheers

  67. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 9, 2013 11:24 AM

    Steeler fans are having such a tough time adjusting to what life is like when you’re no longer relevant, competitive, and no one cares about history from the seventies. Oh what a great weekend. Don’t hate, appreciate. Cheers!

    Hey I recognize this post from October …your co authors have the weekend off fan boy.

  68. billsfan1 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:25 AM

    Brady can’t throw the deep ball huh? Try 5 years of Trent Edwards and Fitz.. Then you can discover “not being able to throw the deep ball”..

    As far as Wallace..he’s a 1 trick pony

  69. ijahru says: Mar 9, 2013 11:45 AM

    So a reporter for a Miami paper has the inside info on what Belichick is planning to do?

  70. mmmpierogi says: Mar 9, 2013 12:09 PM

    ravenator says: Mar 9, 2013 11:03 AM

    Steeler fans are having such a tough time adjusting to what life is like when you’re no longer relevant, competitive, and no one cares about history from the seventies. Oh what a great weekend. Don’t hate, appreciate. Cheers!

    ***********************************************************************

    It’s confusing enough (and perhaps kind of sad?) to see you troll Steeler articles at 3:00pm in the afternoon on weekdays when normal human beings in EST are working. I can’t wrap my mind around how you’ve not been banned or how your garbage doesn’t get moderated out.

  71. conner87 says: Mar 9, 2013 12:24 PM

    Steelers won’t miss Wallace. they can just go after the greatest WR ever, Titus Young

  72. steelers4385 says: Mar 9, 2013 12:48 PM

    Hes to dumb to learn routes. Good luck pats

  73. dwnhillwhaler says: Mar 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    Who’s the source on Pat’s interest, Wallace’s agent? BTW Ireland will make panic moves for receivers, Brandon Marshall anyone? Bowe is gone, once Welker goes and Jets sign some receiver MIA fan base will start crying like a kid with coal in their stocking on Xmas and Wallace will be the next one dropping passes in the endzone and throwing tantrums on Mia’s sidelines.

    Get some receivers in the draft guys, no more Misis or Odricks, plllleeeeaaaasssseee

  74. masinick says: Mar 11, 2013 1:59 PM

    I have no problem with the Patriots making a move for Mike Wallace, but I am not in favor of using a large percentage of the available cap space to get him. We need to secure positions at guard, tackle, cornerback, and safety, and more depth on the defensive line more than we need a star receiver.

    I’d like to try drafting for at least one receiver, perhaps looking at free agency, and even consider trades. But most of all, I’d like to see cornerback, for the first time in a decade, being locked up solid, with safety a close second. Let everything else fall in place as it may…

  75. blackngold4life says: Mar 11, 2013 2:14 PM

    Noways the Brady Bunch pays Wallace 11-12m and Mikes to dumb to reduce his unbelievable asking price to play with a proven Winner. Plus he wants to be the #1 option. On top of that Brady can’t hit a target 60 Yards away unless he’s wide open on a busted coverage. Pats are the kings of “DINK N DUNK” bad fit for Mike

  76. blackngold4life says: Mar 11, 2013 2:32 PM

    Its amazing how fans of other teams think Wallace is other then what he is..Just a fast Guy with no effort!

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