First, wide receiver Mike Wallace ripped the top off a depressed free-agent market. Now, Wallace is ripping what he considers is a misperception in Pittsburgh — that Wallace, one of the game's most dangerous deep threats — only cared about the money when he landed a five-year, $60-million deal with the Miami Dolphins. The contract for the former Steelers speedster includes $30 million guaranteed and surpassed the five-year deals for Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs ($56 million) and Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings ($45 million). Wallace received five times more than the Denver Broncos gave Wes Welker in a two-year deal. "In free agency, with so many great guys, when you get the prize deal, it's always a good feeling,'' Wallace told USA TODAY Sports after Wednesday's minicamp practice. "I just wanted to be happy. Money isn't everything. A lot of people last year, when I held out in Pittsburgh, took it the wrong way, felt like I was just being greedy." Thing is, Wallace turned down a $76 million offer dangled by the Minnesota Vikings, his father, Mike Wallace III, told USA TODAY Sports. The Vikings later signed Jennings, the former Green Bay Packers star.
Mike Wallace took $16 million less to sign with Dolphins
USA Today | Jun 13