The Miami Dolphins already locked up their dependable receiving target Brian Hartline this week, but now there are rumors that Miami is working on inking free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace to a deal. The addition of Wallace to the Dolphins receiving corps would be huge, and would give second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill one of the fastest men in the NFL as a deep threat.
If reports are true, and the Dolphins are working on a deal with Wallace, it could mean a start to the shift in power in the AFC East. The Dolphins finished with a 7-9 record in 2012, behind the division winning New England Patriots. While New England isn’t expected to completely crumble this season, there were signs of some cracks in the armor last year, and an improving Miami Dolphins team could potentially unseat the Pats.
Wallace, who has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers since being drafted out of Ole Miss in 2009, saw his relationship with the Steelers sour after holding out last season. When Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin demoted Wallace to “co-starter” along with Emmanuel Sanders, the speedy Wallace wasn’t happy. Wallace then went on to complain about the way he was being used in offensive coordinator Todd Haley‘s scheme.
There is a always a risk/reward potential with a player like Wallace, who brings tons to the table in terms of his ability, but can also serve as a distraction. The Dolphins are a team on the way up, so if Wallace is brought into the fold, it would have to be with the understanding that he’ll have to abide by what head coach Joe Philbin and his staff have planned for him in how he will be used.
The Dolphins have also been rumored to be looking at former Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings, but the youth and speed of Wallace might be more suited to the Dolphins needs–although the presence of a solid veteran like Jennings can never be underestimated.