The Miami Dolphins are exploring ways to unload oft-disgruntled wide receiver Mike Wallace in a trade.
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The Miami Dolphins are reportedly on the look out for a trading partner in unloading wide receiver Mike Wallace. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins are not just displeased with his play, but his effect on the locker room as well. The most infamous incident being when he removed himself from the last game of the season and then got into a shouting match with coach Joe Philbin on the sideline. Needless to say, the event didn’t sit well with his teammates.
Wallace said after the season ended that he wasn’t sure he would be back in Miami either and many expected the Dolphins would simply cut him. According to a report by SI.com, they are actively exploring trade opportunities, but they may be doing it at the wrong time. This year’s group of wide receivers, both in free agency and the draft, is pretty strong. Not only that, but Wallace has a bloated contract to go with his reputed bad locker room behavior.
Wallace is due to make $9.85 million in 2015, part of a contract that runs through 2017 and would pay him $60 million over five years. His salary cap number is $12.1 million, including the guarantees he’s due if he’s still on the roster by March 14th. It’s pretty hard to imagine any team looking to pay that kind of money for the question marks that Wallace raises.
"“For now, Mike’s under contract. We’ll see where we go from there,” Dolphins general manager Mike Tannebaum told a Miami radio station. (via SI.com)"
Tannebaum refrained from commenting on any trade rumors, saying that they like the way Wallace impacts the game without having the ball in his hands.
In spite of all his problems and rumored problems, Wallace was still one of the better receivers in the league last year. He had a total of 862 yards on 67 receptions, with 10 touchdowns and 12.9 yards per catch.
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