Wide receiver Mike Wallace reportedly turned down a $76 million offer from the Minnesota Vikings to join forces with the Miami Dolphins. Even though a big reason Wallace turned down the deal is most likely because the Dolphins gave him $30 million guaranteed, Wallace also believes he can help Miami get to the next level. There is no question his play will be the key to the offense in 2013.
The 26-year-old is known to be a deep threat, but the Dolphins are hoping that he will be much more than that in their offensive scheme. They need him to be the guy who can make every grab on the field and then rack up the yards after the catch. It is also no secret that he will have to be a red zone target for second-year quarterback Ryan Tannenhill. The fact that many believe Wallace is capable of being that player has to be exciting for all involved with the Dolphins organization.
“It’s not, ‘If I can’t get the deep ball, I can’t do anything else’. He has good hands, can run other routes. He’s not a one-trick pony,” defensive back Brent Grimes told The Miami Herald.
The good news is Wallace is determined to help Miami reach great heights. More importantly, he is thrilled to be a member of the Dolphins because of the atmosphere and the unlimited possibilities for the young football team.
“Everybody has a college mentality around here. It’s a lot different than where I came from. Everybody’s hungry. Everybody wants to get better, get to where we need to be – that’s a winning record,” Wallace said, according to The Miami Herald.
It is easy for Wallace to talk big during the summer. However, the Dolphins will expect him to set an example on the field with his solid play once the season begins.