The Miami Dolphins apparently had a deal done to get Mike Wallace on their roster, but 24 hours later, things have changed. The Minnesota Vikings sent shock-waves across the NFL when they traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks and now that they’ve cleared their heads and raised some extra cash, the Dolphins are fearing the Vikings may make a legitimate run at signing Wallace.
Minnesota has refused to spend big on free agents in recent years but without Harvin and a cast of stars that won’t be young forever, the Vikings are sliding back into a win now mode, especially after the team clinched a playoff berth last season. The Vikings were linked to Wallace early last week but speculation died down due to the aforementioned fact that the Vikings don’t spend big in free agency.
But Minnesota can’t afford to build through the draft if they want to get the most out of Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen, both of whom are beginning to age even if they’re doing their best to not show it on the field. Adding Wallace gives the Vikings a Harvin-like player and also gives them the big name fans have been clamoring for them to sign.
ProFootballTalk.com wrote Tuesday morning that Jeff Darlington of NFL Network believes the Dolphins are beginning to get nervous and that this supposed ‘done deal’ isn’t really done after all.
"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."
Wallace was believed to be a $10 million player annually as the Dolphins were prepared to go big to get him in Miami. But now that the Vikings have entered the equation and have the money to cause some problems, the biggest winner in this whole ordeal is Wallace, who may end up getting an extra $3 million annually from the Vikings.