For much of the 2012 season the player whom fans and analysts alike thought the Indianapolis Colts would go after once the free agency period begins on March 12, 2013 was Steelers’ wide receiver Mike Wallace. Wallace, 26, is one of the game’s fastest weapons but his relationship with the Steelers’ organization has been shaky. It started last offseason when he essentially demanded a new contract for Larry Fitzgerald type money and didn’t get it. Many said that he needed a change of scenery as he wasn’t at his best in 2012 and his contract up following the season. That change of scenery was widely talked about as being Indianapolis.
You can stop it now. Mike Wallace as an Indianapolis Colt will not happen this year.
Why not? Consider:
All season long the most talked about landing spot for Mike Wallace was Indianapolis, and vice-versa the most talked about free agent for the Colts was Mike Wallace. While it seems like almost a certainty that the Steelers will let Wallace test free agency, the Colts won’t be a part of the pursuit of one of the league’s fastest wideouts. The Steelers’ connection (Arians) is gone; the Colts have a pretty dang good speedster themselves; and Wallace isn’t worth the money, especially for a team like the Colts, who have so much money to spend. The Colts do need a wide receiver (and we will be looking into that and other needs with much more detail as we approach free agency), but that wide receiver is not Mike Wallace.
So, for the good of us all, let’s stop the Mike Wallace to the Indianapolis Colts talk. Is he a good player? Yes. Will he be a free agent? Yes. Will he be in Colts blue next year? No. And that’s absolutely ok with me.