September 23, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) reacts after catching a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Steelers 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Miami WR Mike Wallace Turned Down Monster Deal From Vikes


 

An interesting development has come about recently involving the Miami Dolphins‘ new stud receiver, Mike Wallace.

Miami outbid the Minnesota Vikings among others for Wallace’s services during this year’s free agency period. While many thought Minnesota would throw the table at Wallace after trading away WR Percy Harvin, this was not the case.

 

Or so we thought.

 

According to Wallace’s father, Minnesota offered Wallace a contract in the area of $76 mill which is much more than the five-year, $60 mill contract Wallace agreed to with Jeff Ireland’s squad.

 

The reason in doing so? Wallace just wanted to be happy.

 

“In free agency, with so many great guys, when you get the prize deal, it’s always a good feeling,” Wallace told USA TODAY Sports after Wednesday’s minicamp session. “I just wanted to be happy. Money isn’t everything. A lot of people last year, when I held out in Pittsburgh, took it the wrong way, felt like I was just being greedy.”

On a side note, this is good news for Ireland and Miami fans. For what seems like the entirety of his tenure with Miami, general manager, Jeff Ireland, has been known as a “bad guy” as Pittsburgh Steelers‘ Safety Ryan Clark labeled him. Ireland struck out on numerous free agents including Clark, S Antrel Rolle, HC Jeff Fisher, QB Peyton Manning, and HC Jim Harbaugh among others.

It seems as though Ireland has finally figured out how to woo free agents after breaking the bank for Receivers Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson, TE Dustin Keller, and Linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler among others.

Back to Wallace. The speedster also stated that the money is not a big thing for him [of course it is somewhat about the money – sometimes as fans we forget that this is their job and we all chase the money in our lives for the most part]. Realistically, he wants to be known as one of the great players of his generation by winning multiple Super Bowls and being named to the Pro Bowl on a consistent basis.

With a young and budding star at the quarterback position in Ryan Tannehill, did Wallace make the right decision turning down the money for a better situation? 

Tags: Jeff Ireland Mike Wallace Minnesota Vikings Ryan Clark

  • tpl

    Sounds like Wallace has his head screwed on straight. I just hope he’s as good as advertised.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Cross your fingers my man! We can only hope he produces and stays focused! Thanks for the read and the comment!

  • tjbgrateful

    if you believe this you’re crazy. I know for a fact the offer from MN was not all that. Wallace’s father is trying to make his son look like a good guy taking less money and bla bla bla. You can bet if he was offered that kind of cash he’d be up north.

    • TylerMcMullen

      There’s no reason not to believe the fact that the Vikes offered him a huge contract, which they likely did. Wallace’s speed is quite reminiscent of Harvin’s. That being said, the lack of taxes and what not in Florida coupled with the nuances of the contract [guaranteed money, yearly salaries, etc.] likely made Miami the better financial choice. I believe the fact that they threw the table at him, but telling people that it was not about the money is complete BS. Thanks for the read and the comment!

  • Jcartwright67

    Well, if the roof caves in on Wallace; it won’t be from the snow! Its cold in MN and that white stuff falls constantly for several months. Sure, its fun to look at and play in for a few days; but drive to work in it? The guaranteed portion of the contract is what’s important, and as you mentioned the tax situation probably superseded or negated any monetary increase MN might have offered. A young, single millionaire in South Beach….MN had no chance! Wallace’s father is just a proud Dad enjoying his son’s good fortune in life. Happy Father’s day…my kids are making me breakfast…I’ll be cleaning up.