|Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has averaged 17.2 yards per catch. (US Presswire)|
All signs point to Mike Wallace leaving Pittsburgh.
The Steelers don't plan to franchise him, not after a sour 2012 marred by Wallace's holdout, a lack of focus and bad drops. He caught just 55.2 percent of his targets.
Wallace did have eight touchdowns and remains one of the NFL's most dangerous receivers, and possibly its fastest. He's averaged 17.2 yards per catch in his four-year career.
When Wallace hits free agency, the 26-year-old will seek $10-11 million annually, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.
Wallace will have no shortage of suitors. Here are some viable landing spots:
Miami: Leading receiver Brian Hartline is a free agent and the Dolphins want to re-sign him. Miami has the cap room to do that and also sign Wallace. “We know we have to become more explosive,” owner Stephen Ross told the Miami Herald. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who ranked 22nd with 6.8 yards per pass attempt, would benefit greatly from Wallace's speed.
Kansas City: If the Chiefs don't re-sign or franchise Bowe, Andy Reid could go after Wallace. As NFL.com's Chris Wesseling notes, Reid found ways to get DeSean Jackson the ball in space. Wallace is a better all-around receiver with just as much speed.
Cincinnati: The Bengals are expected to have $55 million in cap space, most in the league. But the franchise doesn't usually make a big splash in free agency. But how would you like to be Andy Dalton and see A.J. Green on one side, Wallace on the other? It's the kind of bold move that could lift the Bengals to the Super Bowl.
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