NFL Rumors: Mike Wallace to be Pursued by the Miami Dolphins

By Craig Ballard
Jonathan Brownfield-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Dolphins have what they believe is a franchise quarterback and they have money to spend this off-season to surround him with as much talent as possible, so it is no surprise to see them linked to all of the “big three” wide receiver free agents (the article on the Dolphins and Dwayne Bowe is HERE plus the article on the Dolphins and Greg Jennings is HERE).

Many Dolfans (I would have to say myself included) want Mike Wallace to be the big fish that Jeff Ireland reels in, but most of us would be thrilled to see any of these receivers wear the aqua and orange going forward. Ireland will surely be kicking tires on all three guys, as will numerous teams, but Miami is a top team as far as salary cap coin available to spend and we know Wallace is a guy who is looking to get paid. Of all the rumors of wide receivers being pursued by the Dolphins, this one makes the most sense in my opinion.

It looks more and more likely that Bowe will re-up with the Kansas City Chiefs, and I personally am not convinced that Jennings will see Miami as his best suitor, but if Wallace is looking for mega bucks with a side order of tons of playing time/attention available then I think he would be interested in taking his talents to South Beach.

Dolfans, and recently Ireland, spoke of adding “play-makers”, which seems to be a loose term for my liking because the definition seems to differ from person to person, but the majority of us would have to agree that Wallace is a “play-maker”. Many will point to Wallace’s potential route-running issues not being ideal for a west coast offense, but I see a guy that can get himself open and can be effective after the catch.

I also see a guy who can elevate the play of his teammates because he is a rare receiver that insists on double teams and extra attention on every play. Plus, and this is a big one for me, in his four seasons in the NFL Wallace has 32 touchdowns, while Dolphins wide receivers have combined for just 29 in that same span. I see a touchdown maker.

Wallace has a great history of not missing games which I consider a necessary part of the equation as Miami will need their free-agent acquisition (whoever it is) to develop chemistry with Tanny as soon as possible because a lot will be tied to/riding on the production of their new franchise QB throwing to their new franchise WR.

It will likely not have much meaning going forward, but I did want to note that he has played very well vs the New York Jets in the past, and his best football has been vs the New England Patriots. In his only game vs the Buffalo Bills he had just 33 yards on three catches, but he has done well vs AFC East teams.

I personally would want Wallace as top choice, then Jennings, and then Bowe is a close third. I would feel great about landing any of them to be honest, and we will watch these three free-agent journeys closely.


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