Jul 22, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) during training camp at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Wallace: Dolphins took a gamble on me


The Miami Dolphins landed the top wide receiver on the free agent market this spring in former Pittsburgh Steelers deep threat Mike Wallace. They gave him a 5 year, $60 million deal to move to South Beach. That is a $12 million per year deal.

“I don’t think they’d give that to just anybody,” Wallace said, in a profile by Jenny Vrentas at The MMQB. “They took a gamble and feel like I’m either one of the best or can be one of the best. You’re worth whatever they pay you, and the team felt like I was worth it.”

Young quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been waiting for a receiver like Wallace to rely on and depend on. Wallace could help Tannehill expand his game, grow his confidence and become a top tier quarterback in the league this year.

“As long as I make plays,” he says, “I think I’ll be worth it.”

Maybe he knows his worth. Mike Wallace reportedly turned down a $76 million dollar deal with the Vikings to sign with Miami. That is $16 million more or one and a third seasons extra pay from Miami he left on the table.

But right now Ryan Tannehill says that Wallace and himself are simply trying to knock the rust off.

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