Miami Dolphins Mike Wallace Meets With Dennis Hickey
By Brian Miller
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Miami Dolphins star wide-receiver Mike Wallace met with Dennis Hickey in what can only be a conversation about his future with the team.
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The meeting according to Jackson was “over a meal” and Jackson points out that the meeting at least shows the Dolphins have no interest in outright releasing him without at least talking to him first. Jackson citing a friend of Wallace’s says the receiver loves being in Miami.
Since the seasons end, no one from the Dolphins have made comments regarding Wallace’s future. The release of Wallace would have significant cap ramifications regardless of whether he is a post June 1st or a pre-June 1st cut. Trading him doesn’t help the Dolphins cap wise much either. The best option is to keep Wallace on the roster and let the 2015 season play out. His cap hits are considerably less in 2016.
While most of the drama surrounding Wallace stems from his finale’ benching against the New York Jets, reports surfaced early into the off-season that Wallace had issues in other games throughout the season. It’s unknown what games or what his issues where.
The Dolphins signed Wallace to a huge contract only two seasons ago while Jeff Ireland was still the general manager. Connection problems between Ryan Tannehill and Wallace have been widely talked about and criticized. Wallace is a game changing wide-out but has yet to really find his way in Miami. Last season however he was targeted over 100 times and caught over 60 passes while scoring ten touchdowns. Production that will be hard to replace should the Dolphins go in another direction.
One of the local papers shortly after the season ended said Wallace was unwilling to restructure his contract. I could not find a link to that article but nothing is ever out of the question in the NFL.