On Thursday evening the Philadelphia Eagles signed wide receiver Mike Wallace to a one year, $2.5 million deal. His contract consists of $2.5 million that can ultimately be worth up to $4 million with incentives. Wallace, a former Raven, notched 52 receptions for 748 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 2017 season. Over the course of Wallace’s career, he has had three seasons in which he surpassed 1,000 receiving yards. The veteran wide receiver has attained plenty of success throughout his career and caught 32 touchdowns while with the Pittsburgh Steelers as they drafted him in 2009. Wallace ran a 4.33 in the 40 yard dash in the 2009 NFL Combine but could have ran a faster time had he not been dealing with a hamstring injury.
Mike Wallace has caught eight catches of 50 plus yards over the past two seasons which ranks the best among all other players in the wide receiver position. The Birds have finally acquired a downfield threat, that can consistently take the top off the defense. The Eagles have been missing a speedy wide receiver for the past few years, ever since DeSean Jackson was released in March of 2014. Wallace will look to stretch the field and also open up the passing game in the middle of the field for Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor to exploit. Carson Wentz now has another weapon that he can frequently pass to along with the pairing of Alshon Jeffery and Mike Wallace as the top two receivers on the team.
Mike Wallace has had some notable stats over the course of his nine year career including 538 receptions for a total of 8,072 yards and 57 touchdowns. His longest career touchdown was a 95 yard catch and run in week 8 of the 2016 season for the Baltimore Ravens. His experience and talent should definitely help improve or develop the skills and abilities of the young Eagles’ receivers such as Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson, and Nelson Agholor. As Wallace enters his 10th season in the NFL, he will hope to serve as a deep threat for the Eagles and connect with Carson Wentz on multiple big pass plays throughout the 2018 season. The Philadelphia Eagles front office definitively notched a dependable downfield threat that they had been missing in the previous seasons.
Doug Pederson and his coaching staff can now feel assured that they added more depth and upgraded the outside receiver position with this acquisition. The organization hopes to see consistent production from Wallace as he looks to positively fill in the role previously held by Torrey Smith and have a prolific season. To summarize, the Eagles signed Mike Wallace for a much cheaper price than Torrey Smith last season. This is an insightful video of Mike Wallace explaining why he signed with the Eagles and how he wants to win a championship at this point in his career. Via Youtube @Philadelphia Eagles and host Dave Spadaro. He also mentioned that a big factor in choosing to play for Philadelphia was the realization and possibility of playing with Carson Wentz. Wallace will now look to bring his leadership and experience to this talented Eagles team and play to the best of his ability at the wide receiver position. Fly Eagles Fly!
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