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Mike Wallace | Wide Receiver

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/1/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
College: Mississippi
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Mike Wallace says Minnesota's scheme fits him much better than Miami's.
"I think it's more so [like] my first four years," Wallace said, referring to Bruce Arians' offense in Pittsburgh. "It's a vertical offense, [rather] than a short, West Coast offense. You go down the field a lot more here, more what I'm accustomed to." We'd agree as Norv Turner's scheme always has a field-stretching lid-lifter a la Alvin Harper and Malcom Floyd. The problem is that role runs lower-percentage routes, which will shrink Wallace's volume. Wallace figures to be a boom-or-bust WR3 this season. May 28 - 12:35 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Mike Wallace believes he's the fastest player in the NFL.

Wallace says he's run a 4.21 40-yard dash in the past. "I’ve run a lot of routes and I’ve got a lot of miles on my legs, but I still feel that there’s nobody (in the NFL) who can run with me," Wallace said. "I might have slowed down a little, but I could still run 4.25." Wallace's boast is impossible to prove, but his elite speed was still in good working order last season. He'll be able to take the tops off teams for his new club.
May 5 - 2:55 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Mike Wallace was "a guy you always had to pay special attention to" when asked about previous Bengals vs. Steelers matchups.

Zimmer faced Wallace two times per year while he was coordinating Cincy's defense and Wallace was part of Pittsburgh's "Young Money" wideout crew. So it speaks volumes that Zimmer's Vikings aggressively traded for Wallace. "If they're not using two guys on him, then you have a chance to create some big, big plays in the passing game," Zimmer said. "He does a good job of running after the catch, does a good job on reverses, some of the screens he does, and getting in and out of breaks." A nice fit as the "Z" in OC Norv Turner's vertical passing game, Wallace will have some blowup games going long for Teddy Bridgewater.
Mar 23 - 12:11 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens were interested in Mike Wallace before he was traded to the Vikings.

This is just a "sands of time" item at this point, but an indication that the Ravens will be aggressive as they look to replace Torrey Smith. There are no high-end deep threats available on the open market, so Smith's replacement should come via the draft. Ohio State's Devin Smith profiles similarly to Wallace.
Mar 15 - 1:25 PM

Vikings acquired WR Mike Wallace and a 2015 seventh-round pick from the Dolphins in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round pick.

A clear salary dump, the move rids the Dolphins of an expensive and ill-fitted player that clashed with the coaching staff and quarterback. With most of Wallace's contract off the books, Miami now has the money to lock up transition tagged TE Charles Clay to a long-term deal. The Vikings are getting a talented playmaker that should meld well with OC Norv Turner's downfield passing attack. Wallace will line up opposite Charles Johnson on the outside, with Greg Jennings playing his more natural slot role. The acquisition of Wallace leaves perennial disappointment Cordarrelle Patterson's future with the Vikings in doubt.
Mar 13 - 7:21 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Mike Wallace will "likely" be traded to the Vikings.

Salguero reports Wallace has been on the phone with the Vikings for over an hour. After acquiring Kenny Stills earlier Friday, the Dolphins placed Wallace on the trade block for at least the second time this offseason. This time it appears they have found a taker. The Vikings are in need of playmakers around second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater, and Wallace would be a great fit in OC Norv Turner's downfield passing attack. With 2014 revelation Charles Johnson opposite Wallace and Greg Jennings manning the slot, Bridgewater will be surrounded by a much-improved arsenal in 2015.
Mar 13 - 6:47 PM

Mike Wallace is back on the trading block now that Miami has acquired Kenny Stills.

The Dolphins have a lot of mouths to feed on offense, especially after adding Stills and Jordan Cameron. The recent influx of talented skill players combined with Jarvis Landy's emergence make Wallace expendable. Of course, unloading his bloated contract is not going to be easy. Wallace is due a $9.85 million cap hit next season.
Mar 13 - 3:16 PM

The Dolphins are working to restructure Mike Wallace's contract.

Miami wants to lower Wallace's $12.1 million cap hit to help sign transition-tagged TE Charles Clay. Wallace isn't open to a pay cut and shouldn't lose any actual money. The Dolphins are also expected to release LB Dannell Ellerbe.
Mar 11 - 7:22 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Mike Wallace hinted he's open to a restructure.

"I’ll definitely help the team out, but it has to be reasonable — what I feel is reasonable." Wallace declined to say what he felt was reasonable. "Like I said, I’m not about to do something too crazy. I still have a family that comes first." Wallace isn't believed to be open to a pay cut. At this point, it's hard to see any meaningful alterations being made to his contract for 2015.
Mar 10 - 11:34 PM

The chances of Mike Wallace staying in Miami have increased based on the Dolphins' free-agency moves.

Beat writer Adam Beasley reports Wallace has "buried the hatchet" with Ryan Tannehill and is "open to returning" after clashing with the coaching staff in 2014. The money paid to Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin has also made Wallace's $9.85 million salary look reasonable. Surrounding Tannehill with playmakers should be a priority for the Dolphins. Wallace makes plays.
Mar 9 - 7:03 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are still "genuinely uncertain" about Mike Wallace's future with the team.

Per reporter Barry Jackson, there is front-office support for keeping Wallace, but "the cap hit is an issue." Owed $32.9 million over the next three seasons, Wallace comes with a $12.1 million cap number for 2015. That's steep for a team that's apparently all in on free agent Ndamukong Suh. On the other hand, Miami has already cut Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, and isn't entirely assured of keeping transition player Charles Clay. Cutting Wallace is far from a no-brainer.
Mar 5 - 10:30 PM

Ryan Tannehill says he's "cleared the air" with Mike Wallace following Wallace's late-season issues.

"I like Mike," Tannehill said Tuesday. Tannehill was careful with his words when asked about Wallace's Dolphins future, but made it clear he harbors no ill will about Wallace's walk-out shenanigans. With Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson both sent packing, Wallace's odds of remaining in Miami on his current deal have skyrocketed.
Mar 3 - 4:09 PM

The Sun-Sentinel reports Mike Wallace has informed the Dolphins he isn't willing to restructure the final three years of his contract.

Wallace has three years and $32.9 million left on his contract, and the Dolphins would like him to take a pay cut if he's going to stick around in Miami. Wallace holds all the cards here. He's easily the team's biggest playmaker and is coming off a 10-touchdown season even with Ryan Tannehill's complete incapability of throwing any semblance of a deep ball. Wallace probably prefers to escape the dumpster fire that is the Dolphins. As our own Patrick Daugherty put it: "The same team that couldn't work with Brandon Marshall and Vontae Davis is now preparing to dump Wallace. Novel idea: Maybe just figure things out?" Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are barely replacement-level receivers.
Feb 27 - 9:11 AM

When asked about Mike Wallace, Dolphins VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said he's under contract "for now."

That's not much of an endorsement. The Dolphins are shopping Wallace, but should quickly find that his massive salary is a deal breaker for most teams. Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero says his "educated guess" after talking to "team and league sources" is that Wallace will not be back with the Dolphins. He signed a five-year, $60M deal with the team just two years ago.
Feb 26 - 10:04 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins have placed Mike Wallace on the trade block.

What often happens in these scenarios is a player gets cut if the team trying to trade him can't find any takers. GM Dennis Hickey dined with Wallace before the Combine, and it sounds like that meeting didn't end with the Dolphins believing Wallace was an essential part of their 2015 plans. The 28-year-old scored ten TDs in 2014, but lid lifting is the true strength of Wallace's game, which makes him a poor fit for vertically-challenged Ryan Tannehill. Owed $9.9 million in salary and bonuses, Wallace is going to be awfully difficult to trade.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 8:18 PM