Mike Wallace | WR | Miami Dolphins
Posted: 2/26/2015 1:54am et
The Miami Dolphins do not plan to cut WR Mike Wallace just yet. They are exploring the trade route not just on Wallace's play, but also his fit in the locker room. He removed himself from the regular season finale, and had a shouting match with head coach Joe Philbin afterwards. Wallace is due $9.85 million in 2015, part of a five-year, $60 million deal that runs through 2017.
Huddle Up: It won't be easy to unload Wallace's contract, but the Dolphins would obviously prefer to get something out of their investment rather than simply kicking Wallace to the curb. It will be a test of the selling skills of Miami's front office to pull off a deal.
Posted: 2/8/2015 8:51pm et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace recently had a meal with general manager Dennis Hickey, but the team still is undecided about Wallace's future with the team, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Wallace's high-$ salary and end-of-season dispute with the coaches have Wallace's South Beach future very much in doubt, and restructured deal might be the only possible avenue for his return.
Posted: 1/23/2015 11:05pm et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace said he wants to return to the team next season, but he added that he would welcome testing the free-agent market if the team chooses to release him.
Huddle Up: Wallace did match his career high with 10 TD receptions this past season but has finished below 13 yards per catch in each of his two seasons in South Beach and is yearning for more big plays. Wallace is guaranteed $3 million of his $9.9M 2015 salary if he's on the roster once the new league year begins in early March so the ball is squarely in the Dolphins' court.
Posted: 1/12/2015 5:58pm et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace has reportedly quit on the team multiple times this season. He told his position coach before halftime of the season finale, and later repeated it to his head coach, that if he wasn't getting the football thrown to him, there was no need for him to play. He allegedly did the same thing in Week 15 against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins are believed to be weighing their options with regards to Wallace. Does his considerable talent outweigh his belly-aching? Is the plan going forward to throw enough to make him happy, will they kow-tow to his complaining, or will they proceed with a run-first offense and kick Wallace to the curb? Decisions, decisions for the Dolphins.
Posted: 1/11/2015 3:12pm et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace is not willing to accept a pay cut this offseason, according to a source. Wallace is scheduled to count $12.1 million against the salary cap in 2015.
Huddle Up: Wallace's catches (72-67) and receiving yards (972-862) were down from 2013, but he did double his TD catches (10-5) while still averaging fewer (12.9) than 13 yards per catch. With the emergence of rookie WR Jarvis Landry, Wallace's attitude/benching incident in the regular-season finale and his price tag might lead the Dolphins to go in another direction.
Posted: 1/10/2015 10:30am et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace's roster spot could be in jeopardy next season, because he is scheduled to make $9.9 million in 2015 with $3 million of the salary becoming guaranteed in the first week of March. Executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said the team will make the most responsible decision for them on Wallace.
Huddle Up: The $3 million guarantee when the league calendar rolls over does expedite the decision-making process for the Dolphins. On the bright side, fantasy owners should know sooner rather than later where Wallace will be plying his trade in 2015 and can adjust their rankings accordingly.
Posted: 12/30/2014 1:45am et
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace denied the report that he took himself out of the game Sunday, Dec. 28, in Week 17. Wallace said he was told he wasn't going back in for the second half. Wallace said he'd like to remain with the team, but it isn't his decision. He denied any potential rift with the coaching staff. 'I like my coach,' Wallace said. 'They go about their business the right way. They create a good game plan.'
Huddle Up: There might be more layers to this story; we'll see how they unwrap over the course of the offseason. Wallace looked to be establishing himself as a top target for the emerging Ryan Tannehill, but after this kerfuffle there may be changes in store for the Dolphins' offense.
Posted: 12/29/2014 9:24am et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace came off the field with 2:49 left in the second quarter of the Dolphins' Week 17 game versus the New York Jets and told Miami head coach Joe Philbin that he did not want to play in the game. He was not benched, according to team sources.
Huddle Up: Interesting approach, one that needs further explanation from Wallace as perhaps he was suffering from an illness or suffered an undisclosed injury. His early exit certainly won't endear him to fantasy owners banking on a big outing against a Jets' secondary that had been awful all season heading into the season finale.
Posted: 10/3/2014 10:55am et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace leads the team in receptions (20), receiving yards (246) and touchdowns (three). However, the deep ball hasn't been a big part of his game, in large part because QB Ryan Tannehill has struggled with them. He also leads the receivers with 34 targets. After dropping 12 passes in 2013, he has just two in four games.
Huddle Up: Wallace has definitely become a more complete receiver this season, to the benefit of his fantasy bottom line. If the Dolphins are able to give Tannehill time to throw deep and Wallace adds the long ball back to his game, he would secure a spot amongst the game's elite fantasy receivers.
Posted: 9/26/2014 6:54pm et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 26, but is listed as probable for Week 4.
Huddle Up: It's looks like a green light for Wallace, who has found the end zone in 6 of his last 9 games dating back to last season.
Posted: 8/6/2014 10:22am et
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is struggling on deep balls thrown to WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) so far in camp. Wallace said his hamstring injury is still limiting him in reaching top speed. The two converted just six of 36 passes of 20 or more yards last season.
Huddle Up: Lots of moving parts for the Miami offense to adjust to, including Wallace and Tannehill getting on the same page with the deep ball. First Wallace needs to heal that hammy so the duo can get some practice time in.
Posted: 7/31/2014 10:30am et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) will not practice or scrimmage the rest of the week due to a sore hamstring.
Huddle Up: Still early in camp, so still plenty of time to recover and bounce back. Hammy injuries tend to linger, so it would behoove Wallace to take it easy now so he can be more of a factor once the games start to count.
Posted: 7/30/2014 9:21am et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) began practice Wednesday, July 30, on the exercise bike as he's dealing with some hamstring soreness.
Huddle Up: Plenty of hamstring issues early in training camp; the key will be for Wallace to go easy and allow the injury to heal so it doesn't become a lingering problem. If we're still talking about Wallace's hammy problems in two weeks, then you can start to worry.
Posted: 6/24/2014 4:14pm et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace has the highest base salary of any non-quarterback in 2014, earning $15.0 million. He will count $17.25 million against the Dolphins' salary cap and would cost the team $26.8 million in dead money should they choose to release him during the fiscal year.
Huddle Up: Mind boggling numbers for a wideout who posted career season lows with his 12.7 yards-per-catch average and his 5 TD receptions last season.
Posted: 6/2/2014 11:59pm et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace has been lining up at different positions during organized team activities in an effort to get him open and be less predictable.
Huddle Up: Moving Wallace around could help the Dolphins get more out of their big-ticket receiver, though ultimately Wallace's best route from wherever he lines up is the deep ball--something defenses are most certainly aware of.
Posted: 5/27/2014 8:55pm et
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said WR Mike Wallace looks and feels more comfortable in his second year with the team.
Huddle Up: Wallace owners will be banking on a bounce-back year after he finished 25th among all fantasy wideouts last season with 126 points.
Posted: 5/5/2014 12:11am et
Some of the Miami Dolphins players believe some of the coaches are not big fans of WR Mike Wallace.
Huddle Up: So far it's been a rough year-plus in Miami for Wallace, who caught a career-high 73 passes this past season but hit career lows in yards-per-catch (12.7) and TD catches (3). The speedy WR must show he's more than a one-trick -- i.e. deep go-route -- wideout.
Posted: 4/23/2014 12:23pm et
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace said the team's new offensive system fits his big-play style.
Huddle Up: It's true that Mike Sherman's WCO approach wasn't particularly Wallace-friendly. And while Bill Lazor isn't expected to overhaul the Dolphins' attack, his success with Nick Foles and DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia last season certainly bodes well for Miami's Ryan Tannehill-to-Wallace connection.
Posted: 4/2/2014 1:10am et
The Miami Dolphins, privately, have vehemently denied a report that they are shopping WR Mike Wallace. Meanwhile, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has been throwing to receivers for more than two weeks, but Wallace has been out of town. Wallace has said previously that at some point this offseason, he and Tannehill need to work on their deep-ball chemistry.
Huddle Up: Wallace did hit a career high in receptions with 73 last season, but his yards-per-catch average (12.7) and TD total (5) were career lows. Look for those latter numbers to rebound, especially if Tannehill is afforded more time to throw deep after being sacked an NFL-high 58 times in 2013 -- 10 times more than any other QB.