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Report: Ravens interested in Mike Wallace

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The Ravens are interested in adding veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace “if the price is right,” NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported.

The Vikings released Wallace earlier this week after one season with the team because the price wasn’t right. He was due to make more than $11 million in 2016.

Wallace averaged 12.1 yards per reception last season, a career low. If Wallace, 29, can still stretch a defense, then he and the Ravens could make a good fit. The Ravens know Wallace well from his time with the Steelers, and in a thinning wide receiver market he’ll almost certainly get a look from multiple teams.

Last year’s Ravens’ first-round pick, Breshad Perriman, got hurt in training camp and missed the entire season, and Steve Smith will be 37 in May and is coming off a torn Achilles. Wallace would add speed and a veteran presence to a wide receiver depth chart that’s very much unsettled at this point.

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  1. sdeweese18 says: Mar 9, 2016 10:55 AM

    Kamar Aiken 944 yards last year, he’ll be a factor

  2. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 9, 2016 10:55 AM

    On paper, this makes sense because Flacco is good at throwing deep. In reality, Flacco is going to be pretty frustrated with Wallace when he doesn’t run the routes at the same speed every time.

  3. steeltroll says: Mar 9, 2016 10:57 AM

    Lol, do it Ozzie, do it!!!

  4. xinellum says: Mar 9, 2016 10:59 AM

    Hard to believe after Wallace has said for years the Ravens are his least favorite team, Owner Bisciotti blasted his contract last year saying it was crazy to pay Wallace that money, and the bad blood that has existed over the years that he would even entertain an offer from the Ravens. I am a Ravens fan and no way would I be excited about this signing because it will be a cold day in the nether regions before Wallace signs with the Ravens.

  5. dirtyback says: Mar 9, 2016 10:59 AM

    HAHAHA oh man this teams offseason just keeps getting worse.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 9, 2016 11:00 AM

    Another worn tire or should I say blank

  7. jerryyouradisgrace says: Mar 9, 2016 11:01 AM

    Is Wallace good at jump balls?

  8. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 9, 2016 11:03 AM

    match made in heaven, could get a 1000+ with 10+ tds

    desean jackson + michael vick or something

  9. ravenbiker says: Mar 9, 2016 11:06 AM

    Let him go back to 60 Minutes.
    Really, though, the question is, did his production go down because of the system or QB, or because he’s just not doing it anymore?
    Either way, will he come down to a reasonable price maybe for a 1 year deal to prove he’s not declining?

  10. trailerparkking says: Mar 9, 2016 11:06 AM

    Seeing as how Ozzie couldn’t draft a wr to save his life picking one up in Free Agency is wise. And seeing as how Wallace is a poor route runner with bad hands it makes a lot of sense Ozzie is interested.

  11. akaodoyle says: Mar 9, 2016 11:07 AM

    I wonder how much of that career low per catch yardage had to do with the wee hands and lack of zip of his star QB?

  12. billytodd2013blbaad says: Mar 9, 2016 11:08 AM

    Flacco only throws deep and no routes , Wallace on runs deep and doesn’t run routes.. a match made in heaven.

  13. Seprix says: Mar 9, 2016 11:09 AM

    Yeah, not so sure I like Wallace. Everyone hyped him up and then he sucked in Miami and Minnesota. I mean, the QBs weren’t great and third time’s the charm I guess.

  14. nflpoker says: Mar 9, 2016 11:09 AM

    Boy, the Ravens are desperate.

    He doesn’t deserve much more than minimum.

  15. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 9, 2016 11:10 AM

    After watching Big Ben lose the only Superbowl he played in, he’ll have a gigantic chip on his shoulder. Maybe he’ll join the growing ranks of those who finally thrived after being free of that horrible franchise, i.e. Rod Woodson, Emmanual Sanders. LOL.

  16. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 9, 2016 11:12 AM

    The MASSIVE upgrade at QB won’t hurt his production.

  17. tjacks7 says: Mar 9, 2016 11:14 AM

    Seprix says:

    Yeah, not so sure I like Wallace. Everyone hyped him up and then he sucked in Miami and Minnesota. I mean, the QBs weren’t great and third time’s the charm I guess.

    He’ll have the same problem in Baltimore then. Probably an even bigger problem with Jump Ball Joe since Wallace will not jump for the ball nor attack it in the air. However, he will catch it if it falls perfectly into his hands. Assuming it’s not one of the 50% he drops.

  18. pastanow says: Mar 9, 2016 11:16 AM

    He’s perfect for ‘Just throw it deep and hope someone catches it on my team’ Flacco.

  19. ravenouso says: Mar 9, 2016 11:19 AM

    Well he did play with Tannehill and Bridgewater sooo MAYBE that contributed to the dip in production. I’m down for this move.

  20. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 9, 2016 11:22 AM

    Our little friend who is obsessed with that quarterback from down south and the team that wears the black and gold is getting more desperate by the hour. The reality of the 3-13 upcoming season is setting in. Swinging and missing for another strikeout.

  21. steelerben says: Mar 9, 2016 11:24 AM

    Mike Wallace seems like a good replacement for Torrey Smith, as long as there is someone on the roster that is going to play the role of possession receiver to allow him to run nine routes all day. Smith could be that guy, but coming off major surgery, you don’t want him to be your Anquan Boldin. If Baltimore can draft a big bodied, physical wide receiver, then Wallace could flourish with Flacco launching the ball deep a few times a game. If they expect him to be a number one that runs routes and draws double teams, they’re going to have a bad time.

  22. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 9, 2016 11:25 AM

    Fans of the team that begged Jacoby Jones to come aboard last year are full of hate as usual. The offseason for the team that wears bumble bee halloween costumes isn’t exactly buzzing. LOL.

  23. 2since96 says: Mar 9, 2016 11:26 AM

    When he was cut, I knew he’d be on Ozzie’s radar. Does count against comp picks as he was released, has speed which we need (not to mention Mr. Glass AKA Perriman who might not make it on the field again this year), and could come at a low price point.

    I don’t think he’d be good for much besides running the 9 and catching bombs from Flacco, but at the right price, that is all we need from him.

    Knowing his history though, he cares about money more than performance, so if some team offers him $1 more, he’ll take it.

  24. titimium says: Mar 9, 2016 11:27 AM

    He’s sucked since he left the Steelers. He’ll get a job somewhere and disappoint his next team too.

  25. fordmandalay says: Mar 9, 2016 11:35 AM

    I’d think Green Bay would be more interested in Wallace, especially with the disastrous WR problems they had last year. But the GB front office and HC haven’t really shown much interest in getting offensive weapons to help out Rodgers for years.

  26. dirtyback says: Mar 9, 2016 11:39 AM

    Big Ben > Flacco

  27. purpleguy says: Mar 9, 2016 11:40 AM

    Makes sense — his skill set fits the Ravens’ offense and Flacco’s long ball abilities much better than the last two teams Wallace played for. Then again, all the hype about the lack of deep ball opportunities for my team last year appeared to overshadow the fact that Wallace dropped quite a few balls and ran some lousy routes — that will depress his value.

  28. jag1959 says: Mar 9, 2016 11:41 AM

    A prove it deal would make sense but not so sure that Baltimore is the ideal place for it, that offense needs some work. Sure Flacco is a much better QB than he had in Miami or MN but you’d think if it were a prove it deal he’d want a better scenario where he’d be a plug n play guy versus an offense that is in flux.

  29. clashpoint says: Mar 9, 2016 11:59 AM

    Oh wow, y’know just painting the team purple doesn’t mean they aren’t still brown underneath.

  30. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 9, 2016 12:07 PM

    Fans of the team that begged Jacoby Jones to come aboard last year are full of hate as usual. The offseason for the team that wears bumble bee halloween costumes isn’t exactly buzzing. LOL.

    No hate just getting you straight. Tell us why Ozzie keeps buy worn Goodyears when he needs new Michelins? Can you say salary crap.

  31. steelcurtainn says: Mar 9, 2016 12:17 PM

    Talk about desperation. Even Mike Wallace wouldn’t want to play for a team whose looking jumpballs and flags on every deep ball.

  32. lambeaudungbarn says: Mar 9, 2016 12:32 PM

    Whale ass is your guy if you want a receiver that jogs
    every play his number isn’t called, then drops half the passes that hits him in the numbers or hands!

  33. thejuddstir says: Mar 9, 2016 1:16 PM

    Not a Ravens fan per se, but I think this would be a great signing for them. Wallace hasn’t had a QB since he left Pittsburg. I don’t think a single Vikings WR made it into the top 50 last year and it all starts with the QB. If the QB can’t do more than throw 5-10 yd check downs, what good is a down field WR.

  34. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Mar 9, 2016 1:38 PM

    tjacks7 says:

    He’ll have the same problem in Baltimore then. Probably an even bigger problem with Jump Ball Joe since Wallace will not jump for the ball nor attack it in the air. However, he will catch it if it falls perfectly into his hands. Assuming it’s not one of the 50% he drops.

    _____________

    This.

    Wallace is a body-catching, mediocre hands WR, who has a very small catching radius. Like maybe a yard-diameter circle. If you are lucky. He doesnt go up, he doesnt fight for balls, he doesnt get PI calls and he doesnt track balls well either. He is not a viable candidate for the patented Flacco moonball beg for PI play. His best trick is actually the short/medium pass in the open and then turning on the jets.

  35. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 9, 2016 2:15 PM

    One team’s garbage is another team’s ……..garbage.

  36. Spazz says: Mar 9, 2016 2:42 PM

    He should do better with Flacco, but how much better is the big question.

  37. triggerdawg says: Mar 9, 2016 2:50 PM

    I can see it now. 3 rec,4 yds,after all we are talking about a Qb who got schooled by ole noodle arm and kap of all people

  38. godfatherd says: Mar 9, 2016 3:09 PM

    Perfect place for him. Flacco loves to chuck it up there, and Wallace can’t run any route other than the fade anyway.

  39. dontstabmeray says: Mar 9, 2016 3:10 PM

    Steelers were so smart to let this guy walk. He did nothing afterwards. And no, he won’t be good for Jump Ball Joe because he doesn’t jump and fight for balls like Bolden did. I sincerely hope the Ravens do sign him.

  40. jtbsteeler says: Mar 9, 2016 5:07 PM

    Ozzie is clueless.

  41. spartan01 says: Mar 9, 2016 8:14 PM

    Oh my god all this hate when it was a tweet and the tweet didn’t even attribute it to a team source.

    Love these jump ball comments. Shows football ignorance is alive and prospering.

  42. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 9, 2016 8:41 PM

    This move makes sense. A Steeler cast-off becomes the Ravens most talented playmaker.

  43. dontstabmeray says: Mar 10, 2016 12:03 PM

    I bet he realizes that he doesn’t want to get caught up in a riot so he signs elsewhere.

  44. zacm2000 says: Mar 11, 2016 6:52 PM

    Believe it or not, he was good for the locker room, he was all about the team and not a me me me guy like he was in Miami. He did have slippery hands though, approx. 79 passes his way and only caught approx. 35. Some of those drops were obviously poor passes, but he dropped a lot of good passes.

  45. bonniebengal says: Mar 13, 2016 12:04 PM

    I think he would do great on the Bengals with Green and Eifert double covered all the time.

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