In arguably one of the most absurd contracts given out this offseason the Miami Dolphins signed wide receiver Mike Wallace to a 5-year, $60 million deal. Formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wallace was considered a premier free agent this year and decided to head to Miami instead of the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota also offered a contract to Wallace that was reportedly a $76 million deal according to an interview with his father by USA TODAY.
After having more of a down year compared to his previous two seasons, Wallace caught 64 passes for 836 yards and eight touchdowns. The yards-per-catch category was one of great focus last year as he only averaged 13.1 yards, by far the lowest of his career.
According to Jenny Vrentas of the MMQB, Wallace told her his view on just what the Dolphins did:
“I don’t think they’d give that to just anybody,” Wallace said. “They took a gamble and feel like I’m either one of the best or can be one of the best. You’re worth whatever they pay you, and the team felt like I was worth it.”
It’s interesting to note that Wallace understands the team took a chance on him; not just that they were interested in signing him but that it was a risk. He absolutely brings an upgrade to a relatively mediocre receiving corps and will give second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill a legitimate number one option.
Heading into training camp, it will be important for Wallace to take this attitude of humility and use it on the practice field as he establishes himself as a leader with the team right away.