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John Harbaugh anticipates Ravens keeping Mike Wallace for 2017

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes wide receiver Mike Wallace will remain with the team in 2017.

Wallace has been considered a potential salary-cap cut because his $8 million cap figure ranks fifth on the Ravens. Baltimore can save $5.75 million in cap space if it doesn't pick up his option this offseason.

But Harbaugh made it clear where he stands on this decision.

"I want Mike Wallace on our football team," Harbaugh said at the NFL combine Wednesday. "Circumstances, contracts, salary cap are another conversation that you have about every single guy. But my anticipation is Mike Wallace will be a part of our team, and I know he's working to be part of our team. And I'm planning on having him back next year."

In his first season with the Ravens, Wallace led the team with 1,017 yards receiving, his first 1,000-yard season since 2011. He also caught 72 passes and four touchdowns.

One reason why Baltimore is looking to bring back Wallace is its depth at wide receiver. Steve Smith Sr. retired at the end of the season, and Kamar Aiken is a free agent.

The only Ravens wide receivers under contract who caught more than 10 passes are Wallace and Breshad Perriman.

"Mike Wallace was a big, integral part of our team last year," Harbaugh said. "Mike Wallace is a top-flight competitor. Mike Wallace is a guy who has a chip on his shoulder. That's what you love about him."