The Steelers have tendered potential free agent Mike Wallace with a 1st round tender this season. While this may be considered an afterthought especially on a Raiders team with a defensive-minded HC, it may be the biggest get we've had since signing Derrick Burgess a few years back. I am not privy on all the rules. I'm not sure if its possible to trade a future 1st rounder or it must be a current 1st rounder anyway. What if the Steelers are willing though? This could potentially be the difference between this team being on the outside looking in again or possibly winning the AFC West. The Steelers of course have the potential to veto any trade offer but consider Antonio Brown is in the last year of his contract and he was considered the team's offensive MVP last season. The Steelers had the opportunity to franchise tag Wallace and did not. I don't think they are as willing to part with Brown as they are Wallace who only takes a 1st rounder to be had. Also the Raiders don't have a problem with trading away 1st rounders for proven talent. This of course is just a potential trade possibility and I would assume the team has already addressed OT and all other defensive holes with lower end free agent signings before even thinking of this. Although, imagine what the WR depth chart would look like. 1. Mike Wallace, 2. DHB\ Dennarius Moore, 3. DHB\Dennarius Moore, 4. Jacoby Ford, 5. Louis Murphy. The team would make what is already a strength into one of the best WR cores in the league. This would be made possible since Carson Palmer has already proven in a limited amount of reps he is still capable of putting up outstanding passing numbers and has never really depended on the TE in the past. The team would be allowed to start the game in 3 wide sets and spread out the defense which would cause miss-matches across the field. Moving any combination of Wallace, DHB or Moore around and having anyone of these in the slot would make Al Saunders and Greg Knapp drool at what this offense is capable of. McFadden and Reese are already as sure-handed a backfield as any in the league and this would remind many of the Gannon to Rice, Brown, Porter and Garner offenses of ten years ago. Also, impacting the team on a smaller scale it would allow Jacoby Ford to focus more on his largest contribution to the team in the return game while limiting his chances of injury. Again this is not something that many will agree with but consider the Packers and Patriots had two of the worst pass defenses in football last year and were a combined 28-4 and both had home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The team will have only made one significant free agent pickup while strengthening what was already a solid offense and will have the frame work to build on for seasons to come.
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