From time to time you will hear of athletes turning down more lucrative contracts or taking pay cuts to create a better situation, if not for themselves, but for their teammates even.
Well, free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace falls directly into that boat. According to a report, Wallace turned down a $76 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings this off-season prior to signing his $60 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. You can do the math in terms of the difference between the two, but Wallace says it’s not about the money.
Wallace is on the rise, emerging as one of the top up and coming receivers in football after some excellent seasons as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He turned down a larger contract for a better situation and for the Dolphins’ sake, this is a situation that could surely pay off with huge dividends.
In hindsight though, this means that Vikings’ wide receiver Greg Jennings was virtually the back-up plan. Jennings wound up signing with Minnesota after he could not reaching an agreement with the Green Bay Packers. Ironically enough, some back and forth trash talk has ensued in that regard, especially considering Jennings has virtually played the Brett Favre card in bouncing from Green Bay to Minnesota.
Going back to Wallace however, this is a situation in which you could simply say, “good for him.” Wallace is anticipating a bright future in Miami and at only 26 years of age, there’s no denying his potential moving forward.
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