Posted June 14, 2013

Mike Wallace’s dad says he rejected Vikings’ $76 million offer to sign with Dolphins

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Mike Wallace's father said he turned down a larger offer to sign with the Dolphins this offseason. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Mike Wallace’s father said he turned down a larger offer to sign with the Dolphins this offseason. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Wide receiver Mike Wallace was one of NFL free agency’s biggest winners this offseason, cashing in on a $60 million deal signed with the Miami Dolphins.

But Wallace’s father said that his son was in line for even more — but he turned it down. Mike Wallace III told USA Today’s Jim Corbett that his son turned down a $76 million offer from the Minnesota Vikings.

“I know this: He’s going to give Miami their money’s worth,” Wallace’s father told USA Today. “Dolphins fans are going to love him. He worked hard and deserved everything he got. So don’t call him selfish.”

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Wallace’s deal with the Dolphins is for five years and includes $30 million guaranteed. The overall size of the deal surpassed ones the Vikings gave to wide receiver Greg Jennings ($45 million) and the Kansas City Chiefs gave to Dwayne Bowe.

Wallace said he left the Pittsburgh Steelers because he thought the Dolphins were close to contending for a championship.

“I performed so well for so long, I just wanted to be well compensated,” he told USA Today. “I feel I got a bad rep. Free agency paid off for me. But it was bittersweet. The money is not all I’m in it for. I want to be a great player — win Super Bowls, go to Pro Bowls continuously.”


9 comments
Stmarsaille
Stmarsaille

Mike Wallace has yet to prove that he is an elite wide receiver.  He can outrun everyone, but can't be relied upon to catch the ball.  I watch every Steeler game.  He drops wide open passes on a consistent basis.  He also has a bit of an attitude issue.  There is a reason why the Steelers didn't aggressively pursue him, and also why with his speed he was only a third round pick.  He may turn into a superstar.  But he is not that yet.  He could be the next Yancy Thigpen.  

John4
John4

In an unrelated story, I turned down a job offer where the salary was $76,000 so I could take a similar job paying only $55K.  

dbum
dbum

tannehill arleady seems to have showen more promise in his first year than ponder. id probably rather play with him as well. but to say your not in it for the money but for wins...if that where true you woulda stayed in pittsburgh. theyre a well run team and contend every year. that being said i wouldnt wanna play for the bathroom abuser big ben either. i hope he get his head ripped off each time i see him play.

gooniegoogoo4
gooniegoogoo4

Well....Miami may actually have a franchise QB in Tannehill vs Ponder in Minnesota......a no brainer if you are a WR.

Steve27
Steve27

Dear Mike Wallace,


Thank you.

Signed,

The MN Vikings

pdpmagi
pdpmagi

mike wallace is a good story. third round pick, passed over by a lot of people. made the most of his opportunity and really earned it. yes he is filthy rich but its good to see the underdogs win once and a while

tukwilatommygun
tukwilatommygun

i am not in it for the money.  these two bit liars should give all their money to the poor, needy and homeless.  how big of house does this self serving hypocrite live in.  how many cars does he have?