I agree that Ireland's job could depend on this season, but only if we take a step backwards. We're not exactly poised to make a run at the Superbowl. We have a very young QB with a lot to learn and plenty of holes to fill.
Not every human is a manipulative, opportunistic, letch... or at least that's what I'm told.
We may have to overpay for him, but wallace helps our entire offense. His presence on the field means the safeties and corners need to back off. Which will open up the underneath for bess and running game for whoever our back is when the season rolls round. Admittedly wallace is not a perfect fit for our system but i still prefer him to jennings. I think he just brings a lot more to the offense. I think we sign him, resign hartline, bess in the slot and then matthews, binns and maybe a second or third rounder battling out for the other positions.
I think we should stay away from Wallace. He originally wanted $100M from the Steelers. Vincent Jackson got 5 years $55.55M last off season so you know Wallace thinks he's better than that & will command 5 years $60M or 6 years $70M. He's not a top 3, 5, or 10 receiver. I mean look at the numbers, there was a nine game stretch last year where he only averaged more than 10 yards per catch twice. Our top receiver can not disappear like that. Then comes the news yesterady from Antonio Brown that the locker room was divided with me first players. You know who the head of that table was?? Wallace. Once he get paid he's not going to do anything, he doesn't have the desire. Give me Greg Jennings & draft a hungry WR in the first two rounds.
We need a true #1 reciever now. I believe we need a 2-3 person who can come in, lead the team, and provider our younger guys (draft pick, Binns, Mathews) a role model. The only person that could provide that immediate impact, I believe, is Jennings. Wallace is just to pricey for longer. If we have to overpay, lets do that for a shorter time-frame while we groom less expensive rookies.