Mike Wallace A Big Issue For Miami Dolphins


The Mike Wallace saga isn’t over just yet. According to multiple reports the Miami Dolphins have yet to decide whether or not Wallace will be a member of the club next season. A lot of decision still need to be made with the teams roster including the futures of Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson but it’s Wallace who will garner the most attention.

Salary aside, it’s being reported that Wallace will not take a pay cut to help the Miami Dolphins salary situation. In most cases restructured salaries provide the player with more upfront guaranteed money while reducing the base cap number, if Wallace is expecting the team to ask for a pay cut and not a restructure it’s not a surprise that he will say no. Unfortunately that seems to be the least of the Miami Dolphins worries.

Several media members on Twitter are saying that Wallace is still unhappy about the way he is being used which seems to relate more to the fact that he is not catching the deep pass from a quarterback who can throw it. Wallace is also apparently still in several Dolphins doghouses after his season finale antics that found him benched in the 2nd half. It’s being also said that the incident wasn’t the first of it’s kind.

That is not surprising given the fact that many have witnessed Wallace giving up on plays that were not perfectly delivered to him. Wallace’s cap number is upwards of $12 million this season and would cost the team $9.6 million in dead money if released prior to June 1st or almost $6 million if after June 1st with savings of $2.2 and $5.4 respectively.

The real question is can the Dolphins afford to let him go and if so who will they replace him with? Brian Hartline could save the team a lot of money by a post-June 1st cut and Brandon Gibson seems like a no-brainer release given his $4.2 million dollar salary for 2015.

Things are going to get interesting this off-season. Joe Philbin still has not given a nod to DC Kevin Coyle and Dennis Hickey will be making the personnel decisions for Philbin who he will council with. There doesn’t seem to be a good vibe coming out of Miami these days.