Dolphins nab Mike Wallace to kick off free agency

Splash! Dolphins kick off free agency signings, grab Mike Wallace

3/12/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   491 respect

Blog Photo - Dolphins nab Mike Wallace to kick off free agencyNFL free agency officially kicked off a couple hours ago, and the Miami Dolphins have officially won the first two hours of free agency 2013. According to various reports, the Miami Dolphins have struck with the first big signing by bagging ex-Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace.  ESPN is saying Wallace has signed a five-year, $65 million contract with Miami.

This is the second signing of the day for the fish. The Dolphins also signed Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannel Ellerbe, apparently to a five-year, $35 million deal.

But the Dolphins signing receiver Mike Wallace is Miami -- and all of free agency's -- big deal of the day. Wallace's reported $65 million deal vastly outsizes the second-biggest free agency signing of the day thus far, the five-year, $40 million deal that Baltimore linebacker Paul Kruger signed with the Cleveland Browns. (John Clayton of ESPN is reporting the $65 million figure for Wallace, Albert Breer NFL.com is reporting $40 million for the Kruger deal.)

Wallace has not yet signed the contract, but a verbal agreement is in place. Wallace is currently undergoing a physical.

Blog Photo - Dolphins nab Mike Wallace to kick off free agencyConsidered one of the fastest players in the NFL, Wallace made the Pro Bowl in 2011 with a career-high 72 receptions. In 2010, Wallace piled up 1,257 yards. He had a down year in 2012, though, holding out of training camp and finishing with 836 receiving yards on the season -- but still led all Steelers receivers with 8 touchdowns.

The down year last season did not deter the Dolphins from busting out the checkbook for Wallace. In order to accomodate the salaries of Wallace and their new linebacker Mr. Ellerbe, the Dolphins have cut nine-year veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby.
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3/13/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

I hope Mike Wallace uses some of that great speed to go and put that money in the bank, before the Dolphins wake up and realize he isn't that great.  Speed doesn't always make you a great receiver, just ask Heyward-Bey in the unemployment line.

3/13/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Living here in South Florida I'll say this made a big splash with the locals...There will be increased ticket sales etc.. Expectations will go up.. The OLine will need to step it up this year and they just might do it with knowing that there are decent WR's.... Time will tell...