The San Francisco 49ers have added wide receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham this offseason, but it is possible that they are not done making moves at the position yet. In his Monday Morning Quarterback column this week, SI.com’s Peter King wrote that he still believes the 49ers could make a move for restricted free agent Mike Wallace.
In the category of “remember where you heard this one,” if the Niners save $8 million a year by not signing Smith and by paying Johnson a low 2012 cap number, I believe they’d consider making a offer for Pittsburgh’s restricted free agent. San Francisco knows it would have to surrender the 30th pick plus a contract in the neighborhood of $8 million a year to get the speedy Wallace, because Pittsburgh would have the chance to match any deal offered to Wallace. This is a longshot, but don’t be stunned to see it happen — if Manning jilts San Francisco and Smith runs off too.
While the move would create a cluster you-know-what at receiver, it would be a move that San Francisco would be wise to consider. Randy Moss isn’t getting any younger and it isn’t often that a deep threat as good as Wallace is available. If the 49ers have the cap space to make the move, they need to get it done.
Missing out on Peyton Manning and losing Alex Smith would mean it is time to start the Colin Kaepernick era. What better way to bring in a young quarterback than to give him two young, dynamic wideouts that can continue to grow and develop with him? The move would be a no-brainer.