According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Dolphins have Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace as their top targets in this year’s free agency. The Dolphins reportedly believe that Mike Wallace will be the offensive weapon they need.
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill struggled in 2012, but they believe that was mostly due to the lack of talent around him. I can’t say that I disagree. Tannehill’s best option at wide receiver was Brian Hartline, who was very inconsistent throughout the season. The Dolphins offense needed a consistent passing attack to add on to their decent running game, but the passing game wasn’t as good as it needed to be.
“I think this is the year that you’ve got to do something,” GM Jeff Ireland said. “We’re looking for playmakers on offense.”
However, getting Mike Wallace is not going to be easy. Wallace turned down five-year, $55 million contract that the Pittsburgh Steelers offered him recently. That’s the same deal WR Vincent Jackson accepted to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last spring.
It’s probably going to take a five-year, $60 million contract to get him, which may not be too outrageous. Wallace has been a big contributor in the Steelers offense for years now, and there’s no doubt that he can bring that to the Dolphins.
If the Dolphins are serious about bringing in Mike Wallace, they better give him what he wants.