Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Wallace traded to Vikings -2015
The Miami Dolphins opened the 2013 NFL new year with the biggest wide-receiver prize on the market. The super fast and elusive Mike Wallace. Wallace had been a top target for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger but there had been some contentious moments between Wallace and the Pittsburgh front office. For starters, Wallace had threatened to sit out without a new contract. There were rumors that Wallace had become a locker room distraction as well. Miami didn’t care.
The Dolphins lacked a deep threat receiver following the trade of Brandon Marshall, more on that later, they had a new young quarterback entering his 2nd season as a pro and Wallace was supposed to be the answer.
It didn’t take long for the wheels to fall off this ride. Wallace began to display the same immature characteristics he had shown in Pittsburgh. An eventual rift developed in the locker room with members of the team supporting Wallace and not Tannehill. In 2014 the Dolphins hit a wall with Wallace and the production simply never matured. Tannehill’s inability to throw the deep pass became a huge point of contention within the team.
Entering the 2015 season the Dolphins had enough. Willing to eat the remainder of the guaranteed portions of the Wallace contract, Miami sent him to Minnesota for a 5th round pick in the 2015 draft. The Dolphins used that pick in running back Jay Ajayi. What makes this trade so bad is simply the amount of money the Dolphins wasted on Wallace knowing he had “diva” issues in the past. Yet two years later Wallace was being dumped. Miami even had to throw in a 7th round pick to sweeten the deal for the Vikings.
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