The Minnesota Vikings have decided to release veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Wallace has now been on three teams and four seasons, and appears to be headed for a different squad in 2016. The 29-year-old speedster was cut by the Vikings on Tuesday, mostly because the team will save $11.5 million against the cap both in 2016 and 2017 without any dead money. Wallace was acquired last year from the Miami Dolphins.
Wallace has been a bust ever since leaving Ben Roethlisberger ans the Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2012 season. Wallace finished 2011 with his second straight 1,000-yard campaign but has never gotten back to that threshold. Last year, Wallace played in 16 games but caught just 39 passes for 473 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
At this point, Wallace must prove himself as a second-tier receiver who can be a compliment on the outside, not a main man. Wallace has a ton of speed but has always struggled to get open because
his route tree is very limited and his techniques are spotty at best. Look for a team with a low amount of cap space but a need at the position to make a run at him, such as the Baltimore Ravens or Buffalo Bills.