Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 3/8/12

The 49ers are expected to target Mike Wallace and Vincent Jackson in Free Agency.  They have set up a specific price that they are willing to meet and will not exceed it for either guy but both are on list of targets when the 49ers start Free Agency.  The 49ers are one big play guy away from what would be a Super Bowl contender.  They made it to the NFC Championship with Vernon Davis as their top target.  Adding Wallace or Jackson could put them over the top.

Jackson is going to get interest from many teams as he is an unrestricted free agent.  Teams do not have to give anything up to get Jackson.  That means his price will increase.  That could take the 49ers out of the game for Jackson.  They are not going to overprice themselves in a bidding war for Jackson’s services.

“The 49ers do not get into bidding wars for players, though. So if one of those players accepts the deal that the 49ers have budgeted, then they’ll get it done. If not, the 49ers will move on to the next player at the next price that they’ve determined fits with what they’re trying to build.”

That makes Wallace the more likely target.  There will not be much a bidding war for Wallace.  Teams would have to give up a first round pick to the Steelers to get Wallace.  That will cause most of them to shy away.  The 49ers have the 30th pick in the draft and are more likely to be willing to part with that pick for someone like Wallace.  There is no 30th pick in the draft that is going to make the impact that Wallace could.

The only team they may have to go up against for Wallace’s services would be the Patriots.  The Pats have 2 first round picks and would only have to give up pick 31 to get Wallace.  They look likely to snag Brandon Lloyd though who wants to play with Josh McDaniels.  He is even rumored to be willing to take less money to be a Patriot.  That means it may just be the 49ers in the race for Wallace.

Wallace did an interview with Sirius XM radio and has already stated that he would be interested in playing for the 49ers.  He used the term “most definitely” when asked about interest in playing for the 49ers.  He sees them as a team he can “put over the top.”  Wallace wants money but he wants to play for a contender.  This is that situation.

That puts them in a very good position to steal Wallace away from the Steelers.  If they were to give Wallace over $10 million in the first season the  Steelers would most likely not be able to match the offer.  They do not have the cap room to do it.  Especially since they most likely will be the only ones bidding for Wallace due to the first round tender by the Steelers.  It could very well happen if Wallace does not ask for to much money.

The 49ers are down to the team I fear the most taking Wallace’s ability away from the Steelers.  I still see him staying with the Steelers but the 49ers are the team to watch.  If they stay away from Wallace he is all but ours.

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