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On Monday, we reported that the Miami Dolphins appeared to be bidding against themselves in the quest to sign former Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver Mike Wallace. The Minnesota Vikings had been rumored to be interested, but it appeared that the speedster might be too rich for Minnesota's blood.
Well, according to this report from Pro Football Talk. . .they're baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.
According to Jeff Darlington of NFL Network, the Dolphins expect the Vikings to get involved in the Wallace sweepstakes, and the Dolphins believe that landing Wallace may cost up to $13 million a year.
We talked about Percy Harvin wanting "Calvin Johnson money." Well, $13 million a year is damn near Calvin Johnson money, and closer to "Larry Fitzgerald money." In fact, at $13 million a year, Johnson and Fitzgerald would be the only receivers in the NFL making more money than Wallace if these numbers are accurate.
Mike Wallace might make a nice addition to the Minnesota Vikings. . .if they're getting the Mike Wallace of 2010 and 2011 and not the Wallace of 2012, when he had a drop off. However, if the Vikings end up paying him $13 million a year, it may just make me lose my mind. (Up in here, up in here.) I don't think the guy's worth that much, to be honest with you folks. . .I'm not sure if any receiver is worth that much, particularly to a run-first offense like Minnesota's.
But that's one of the many rumors that are out there as we approach the official start of free agency. It's a little more than eight hours away as we speak, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Whatever happens, we'll have it right here for you.