Report: Mike Wallace being hotly pursued by Dolphins

2/20/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Miami Dolphins are expected to make a splash in free agency, and following an underwhelming performance by their receiving corps last season, the team made it clear that it will be targeting playmakers this offseason. With guys like Wes Welker, Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace and Danny Amendola expected to hit the market this offseason, it doesn’t take much to set off a rumor.
In the latest episode of such endeavors, the Miami Dolphins who had their eyes previously set on Green Bay Packers free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings are now expected to pursue Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Wallace as their top target.
Greg Jennings played for Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin while he was the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator, and Jennings supposedly has shown interest in the reuniting with Philbin in Miami. However, despite his reportedly cheaper price tag, the 30-year-old Greg Jennings is coming off an injury-filled, while sitting out a majority of the 2012 campaign. Greg Jennings also missed three games in the 2011 season.
Meanwhile, Mike Wallace has only missed one game in the past four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Wallace’s considered one of the NFL’s top deep threat, who besides his speed has the athleticism to provide yards and stretch the field. He could help the Miami Dolphins’ young quarterback Ryan Tannehill give a much needed boost to the passing game, while not having as many demands over getting the ball as Brandon Marshall. Over the past four years, Mike Wallace averages 1,010 receiving yards with eight touchdowns per season, considerably more production than the Miami Dolphins generally get from their receiving corps.
And there is no doubt that Mike Wallace would buy a lot of fan support, help sell tickets and merchandise, which could be a big score with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
But Mike Wallace has been known for his young diva like persona and dropping a lot of passes. Moreover, he turned down a $50 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers last year. He could be demanding a big pay check, which is expected to cost the $12 million per year, according to sources.
While the Miami Dolphins could easily meet Mike Wallace’s demands given their free cap space exceeds $40 million, it’s likely the team is itself floating the rumors to throw off competition for their actual top target; then make a U-turn and lock him on a cheaper contract.
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