Our New to the Nest series profiling the free agents and rookies added to the Eagles this offseason continues with the speedy veteran wide receiver, Mike Wallace. Below highlights player bio and contract terms and makes a healthy projection for the upcoming season.
Bio/Contract: Wallace was a 3rd-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 draft out of Ole Miss. Wallace comes to the Eagles as a free agent, signing a one-year deal worth $2.5 million He replaces the speedy Torrey Smith at half the price and will wear number 14 for the green and white.
Career: Wallace is now on the plus side of 30 years old and has racked up over 8,000 receiving yards in his career. The 2011 Pro Bowler spent the first portion of his career with the Steelers before moving on to three teams over a span of five years (MIA, MIN, BAL). His career stat line and last season’s totals are below.
Projection: Wallace is a savvy veteran who understands how to find holes in the defense. Given the fact that he’s now older, we expect him to miss a game or two due to injury. However, this will not stop him from being productive when he has the ball in his hands. Wallace is more reliable as a catcher than Torrey Smith was and expect him to break some big ones this upcoming season. We project him to trend down in virtually every category this upcoming season but still be a very productive member of the 2018 Eagles when called upon.
- Part four of the series will feature a rookie with a lot of upside in Josh Sweat.