Veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace is back in the AFC North as he decided to sign with the Baltimore Ravens. Wallace is signing a two year $11.5 million contract to help boost a Ravens receiving corps that is returning Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman from injury.
Wallace is thrilled with the opportunity to join the Ravens as he cited the play of quarterback Joe Flacco as a major reason for choosing the Ravens in free agency. “When this process started, I knew I wasn’t going back to Minnesota. I was like, I need a good quarterback,” Wallace stated. “I need a quarterback who is proven and can get things done. Flacco has always been that guy.”
Wallace’s strength as a wide receiver is his vertical ability. Joe Flacco has a very strong deep ball and Wallace seems like a logical fit to help the Ravens vertical passing game.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is glad that Wallace will be able to work with the Ravens offense. “This is a guy that changes the face of our offense dramatically,” Harbaugh stated. “He adds an element that’s very important in the National Football League. It’s an opportunity for him to get with Joe and match their talents in a way that’s going to be really special.”
Wallace realizes it will be different joining the purple side of the heated Ravens and Steelers rivalry. “I told coach, It feels weird being on the other side, but I’m all for it,” Wallace stated. “I just have to switch my whole mentality. I used to hate purple. Now, I love purple.”
Wallace will have to embrace his Raven colors as he will be seeing the Steelers at least twice a year the next two seasons. Wallace should add a clear boost to the Ravens passing game and help get the team back into playoff contention.