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Dolphins focusing on Mike Wallace

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Of all the potential 2013 free-agency moves, the most obvious involves the Miami Dolphins targeting Steelers receiver Mike Wallace.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Dolphins spent the first two days of the legal non-tampering tampering period doing just that.

The Dolphins also are talking to Rams receiver Brandon Gibson as a Plan B in the event Wallace becomes someone else’s plan A.

And that’s a wise move.  Over the past few years, the Dolphins have become the team that helps set the price for the deal that eventually gets done, both for coaches and for players.  This time, however, it won’t be a surprise if the Dolphins find a way to get the man they have been coveting — especially with a stadium renovation referendum looming.

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  1. kanejrjw says: Mar 11, 2013 7:09 AM

    They are gonna end up overpaying for him. Oh well, hopefully he produces well in 2013 so the Steelers get a good compensatory pick in 2014.

  2. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:14 AM

    Rest assured, the Dolphins always come up short.

  3. dwnhillwhaler says: Mar 11, 2013 7:19 AM

    I cant wait to see which below par cb the phins draft with the 2 nd round pick they get for Wallace nxt offseason

  4. jtm12180 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:25 AM

    time after time, teams don’t take note of the moves the steelers make, and DON’T make, with overpaying players. Everyone thought the sky was falling when they let Holmes walk too. Just another example of knowing when to let go…

  5. 1uniquename says: Mar 11, 2013 7:28 AM

    It’s really up to Wallace and from what I’ve read he wants money, he wants the fame of being the man and he wants to play in a warm climate. Those all fit Miami however if he’s not friendly with Ryan Clark then he’s definitely coming to Miami just to stick it to him as well with his no players will go to Miami comments.

  6. wittenisgod says: Mar 11, 2013 7:34 AM

    A poor mans Brandon Marshall!! But decent replacement for the fins

  7. tannethrill says: Mar 11, 2013 7:37 AM

    Granted the Steelers don’t mess these situations up so I have my reservations.

    In term of production they’ve allowed two guys in Holmes and Plax walk that didn’t disappoint until it came to their behavior.

    Wallace doesn’t have the background that they did and his production is better.

    If money is his only problem then hopefully the contract gives him plenty incentive to keep it real.

  8. 6thsense79 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:38 AM

    There’s no such thing as over paying here. They will pay what they think it’s worth to obtain Wallace. If he produces like they think they’ll be happy no matter what price they paid. If not they’ll cut him.

  9. canetic says: Mar 11, 2013 7:43 AM

    How about Greg Jennings as a Plan B? Or Welker? Why put all your eggs in one basket?

  10. tomthebombtracy says: Mar 11, 2013 7:43 AM

    Mike Wallace=Forrest Gump.

    Runs fast in straight line toward end zone.

    Also takes plays off. Drops important passes (2011 playoff game at Denver, also in Green Bay SB game). Me firster all the way.

    Dolphins fans soon to saying their usual WTFs.

  11. bettis3636 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:45 AM

    And like every other Steeler reicever that left for the money…. He will fail… Yancey Thigpen, Randle El, Charles Johnson, Santonio… The list goes on… Enjoy whatever losing team you join… Wallace is a cancer!

  12. steelbydesign says: Mar 11, 2013 7:50 AM

    Hartline, Wallace, Jared Cook, Rashard Mendenhall…

    It’s the new Dream Team!

  13. ravenator says: Mar 11, 2013 7:52 AM

    At least on the Dolphins he can be appreciated for his one trick pony speed. Tannehill can just pull the same moves as Ben and chuck it up to him. Remember when Ben used to “make” that throw but when Flacco connects it’s “lucky”.

    Steelers are going to miss a motivated Wallace. Once again, Colbert proves he can’t properly handle the day to day duties of managing the franchise checkbook.

  14. hehateme2 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:54 AM

    Way too much is being made on this stadium renovation referendum.

    What about the Fins just wanting a receiver to stretch the field? There isn’t always another agenda.

  15. clashpoint says: Mar 11, 2013 8:01 AM

    Well, he’s really fast and sometimes he can catch the ball.
    So. There’s that, amirite?

    If he doesn’t get the ball tho, he admits his concentration breaks down. He then has more drops and doesn’t feel part of the offense. Which makes him grumpy. Even pouty, you might say. So good luck Miami. He turned down 5 years and 51 mil from the Steelers, so don’t expect him to ever give you guys any breaks either.

  16. ezra954 says: Mar 11, 2013 8:01 AM

    This deal alone is for all the marbles the stadium and future superbowls and season tickets go get this deal done Miami

  17. lostsok says: Mar 11, 2013 8:08 AM

    Wallace helps the Dolphins first and foremost but forcing teams to account for him, which will both reduce the 8 in the box run stuffing fronts we’ve faced all too often, and by pulling a lot of safety help and double teams and opening the seam for Hartline, Bess and whoever our tight end is (Cook, Bennett, Eifort, Ertz…).

    That he has the potential to be a major weapon on his own is truly secondary. Miami cannot run the offense Phiban wants unless teams have something to fear downfield. The middle is too crowded otherwise.

    If they fail to get Wallace and end up with Jennings or another good-but-not-scary receiver, they’ll almost have to commit an early pick to a downfield threat.

    So, add the impact to the other offensive players, the production potential AND the draft flexibility…and tell me he’s not worth it to Miami.

    Pittsburgh is no longer a good fit. Miami is.

  18. cup1981 says: Mar 11, 2013 8:29 AM

    If there is no one on the team to throw Wallace the ball, how many drops can he possibly have? :)

  19. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 11, 2013 8:32 AM

    You’ll fine out dolphins fans, what Steeler fans already know. The guy is selfish, egotistical, drops passes, doesn’t fight for a catch… Overall he’s just a soft receiver that be er really fit in here at Pittsburgh. He had some decent years, but the Steelers need good route runners who are smart. And mike Wallace was neither. And ravenator worry about your own front office! You just paid 120 million for a QB that has Never made a pro bowl! Looking at you Ozzie. How pathetic!

  20. FinFan68 says: Mar 11, 2013 9:03 AM

    If Wallace plays to his potential he is a good fit for Miami. If his immaturity, lack of focus and drops show up it is a bad move. Regardless the price tag is supremely inflated. The good Wallace is worth $7-9M. I would rather they get a more rounded #1 receiver that can run all the routes and fight for the ball. They can find a burner in the draft. A pass catching TE is important in that offense. Fasano is decent but not scary. Cook or walker + a complete receiver would be better than breaking the bank on Wallace.

  21. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Mar 11, 2013 9:07 AM

    The sour grapes from the Steelers fans are rank. Because the Steelers don’t want Wallace, he’s not worth having? Awful logic. Do none of you understand that your cap situation is causing all of this, and that it has been managed so poorly that it will be even worse next year and the year after that? Get used to 8-8 with the amount of money you will have to spend on players. It’s no longer a shrewd cap move to let Wallace walk – it’s a necessity in order to pay the rest of the team. Good luck in the draft. Pray that you find multiple starters.

  22. tomtravis76 says: Mar 11, 2013 9:11 AM

    He will be no good if the line can’t protect the young QB.

  23. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 11, 2013 9:16 AM

    So much for that paradigm shift in free agency Ireland was blabbing about. This is the same old Dolphins: throw all your resources at signing the highest profile player on the market, make a wish on a shooting star that he picks you, and wait for the fans with the shortest memory in the league to cheer it all on.

  24. 6thsense79 says: Mar 11, 2013 9:21 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 11, 2013 8:32 AM

    You’ll fine out dolphins fans, what Steeler fans already know. The guy is selfish, egotistical, drops passes, doesn’t fight for a catch… Overall he’s just a soft receiver that be er really fit in here at Pittsburgh. He had some decent years, but the Steelers need good route runners who are smart. And mike Wallace was neither. And ravenator worry about your own front office! You just paid 120 million for a QB that has Never made a pro bowl! Looking at you Ozzie. How pathetic!
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    You Steelers fans are really getting annoying. You’re here making fun of the Ravens (the Superbowl champion Ravens) for signing the Superbowl MVP QB yet your team got beat 2 seasons ago in the playoffs by a QB who can’t throw and got beat this year in the playoffs by…..oops you didn’t make the playoff this year. Now for whatever reason you come here spreading hate on another team for targeting Wallace for a big pay day like some kind of deranged jealous ex girlfriend. Worry about your team and go out and start another petition to get Mike Tomlin fired (Can’t believe you ungrateful bunch did that last year)

  25. adantsa says: Mar 11, 2013 9:38 AM

    Good to see all the bitter Steelers fans who have flip flopped on Wallace. One year of mediocrity and you guys unravel?

  26. vikesfan4life says: Mar 11, 2013 9:39 AM

    Let me get this straight… the guy runs fast but can’t catch. He also gets frustrated when he doesn’t get the ball and takes plays off? It sounds like a combination of Troy Williamson and Randy Moss. Which makes the ideal location for him… Minnesota. I look forward to buying my Vikings Mike Wallace jersey next year! We comin’ we comin’!

  27. dolfanatik says: Mar 11, 2013 9:40 AM

    Don’t under estimate the dolphins character in locker room

  28. japmen says: Mar 11, 2013 10:07 AM

    I’d believe the Stealers more, if they were not the second(third really) best team in their own conference. Maybe next year after the ravens totally take control of the division, they might wish they had paid for Wallace and kept Arians.

  29. dolphins1121 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:14 AM

    lostsok says: Mar 11, 2013 8:08 AM

    Wallace helps the Dolphins first and foremost but forcing teams to account for him, which will both reduce the 8 in the box run stuffing fronts we’ve faced all too often, and by pulling a lot of safety help and double teams and opening the seam for Hartline, Bess and whoever our tight end is (Cook, Bennett, Eifort, Ertz…).

    That he has the potential to be a major weapon on his own is truly secondary. Miami cannot run the offense Phiban wants unless teams have something to fear downfield. The middle is too crowded otherwise.

    If they fail to get Wallace and end up with Jennings or another good-but-not-scary receiver, they’ll almost have to commit an early pick to a downfield threat.

    So, add the impact to the other offensive players, the production potential AND the draft flexibility…and tell me he’s not worth it to Miami.

    Pittsburgh is no longer a good fit. Miami is.

    —————————————————-

    It is so refreshing to read posts like this on this site. I get so drained reading all the Dolphins articles that have those snarky one-liners at the end of them, and then scroll through ignorant comment after ignorant comment.

    2 years ago, I guarantee you 95% of you were dying to get this guy on your fantasy team. in 2011 he was top 10 in the league in completion %. Not to mention, as my friend above stated very nicely, a huge part of the move to get Wallace is to blow the top off the secondary. That alone is worth whatever we have to pay him. So to those of you saying, “Wow, he can run fast, great,” EXACTLY! That is what this offense has needed for a decade. We cannot compete playing against 8 in the box week in and week out with nobody to stretch the field. Defenses will have no choice but to commit a safety to Wallace.

    Ireland has spent the last 4-5 year setting up this team for a decade of success. He has made this one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, opened up more cap space than almost any other team, and put character players in the lockerroom. Hartline and Bess are some of the better possession receivers in the game. Add Wallace and a break-out year for Lamar Miller, and this offense is going places.

    And you don’t need elite CBs when you have Cameron Wake up front and Rashad Jones deep. For those of you who are not Dolphins fans, you will be seeing Jones’ name quite a lot this year.

  30. gagiants says: Mar 11, 2013 10:25 AM

    “the steelers don’t make mistakes with knowing when or when Not to overpay.” jtm12180 Hmm…..interesting. I totally agree with you on the Holmes issue, even if his quarterback can’t throw the ball through a 10ft window(ie…Mark Sanchez, if the Jets front office had any brains at all the third string quarterback would’ve been starting the first game of the season), but as a giants fan I do have to take issue with the Plax comment…ie….he helped the Giants win the Superbowl and he was good the following year until he did something stupid and hilarious like shooting himself(that’s still funny to me, that stuff only happens to superstars and athletes).

  31. dolphinatic13 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:37 AM

    I’m really enjoying all the comments from nervous Steeler fans. Now that Wallace is jumping ship he’s ” a head case” he’s ” cancer” he’s a “poor mans Brandon Marshal”. If he was staying in Pittsburgh you guys would still be loving him. Welcome to Miami Mike, now those terrible towels can mop up all the crybaby tears…

  32. mrposey5 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:41 AM

    Wallace is a good talent no questioning that. I do question his 6 drops last year. And his attitude when he’s not being targeted. It’s easy to sit and think of all the things he can help the fins out with, but if you don’t keep him happy on AND off the field he is a headache waiting to happen.

  33. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 11, 2013 10:59 AM

    @6thsense79…so because some people started a petition to fire tomlin that means all Steeler fans want him fired right? Spoken like a true Ratbird fan there! How about all you Ratbird fans hating on flacco the whole time he has been your QB. Now all you fans are telling everyone how great he is cause he tjrew up jump balls all through the playoffs and got ridiculously lucky with that hail Mary in Denver. Now all the sudden a subpar QB who licks out wins a an is worthy to be the highest paid NFL player in history? Get a clue dude! If tomlin throws up another 8-8 record nex. Year he will be fired. Worry about your cap strapped ratbird team who will lose several players. Including who thought was the real super bowl MVP anquan Boldin! Never worry about the Steelers, we will be just fine.. 6 super bowl trophies are glistening as we speak son!!!!

  34. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 11, 2013 11:00 AM

    @6thsense79…so because some people started a petition to fire tomlin that means all Steeler fans want him fired right? Spoken like a true Ratbird fan there! How about all you Ratbird fans hating on flacco the whole time he has been your QB. Now all you fans are telling everyone how great he is cause he tjrew up jump balls all through the playoffs and got ridiculously lucky with that hail Mary in Denver. Now all the sudden a subpar Q who licks out wins a an is worthy to be the highest paid NFL player in history? Get a clue dude! If tomlin throws up another 8-8 record nex. Year he will be fired. Worry about your cap strapped ratbird team who will lose several players. Including who thought was the real super bowl MVP anquan Boldin! Never worry about the Steelers, we will be just fine.. 6 super bowl trophies are glistening as we speak son!!!!

  35. jtm12180 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:47 AM

    gagiants, I agree with your comment and should have been more clear. My point was from the mental headcase/cancer in the locker room, which Burress gets that award in a landslide!

    at the end of the 2004 season, Pittsburgh came to a fork in the road….re-sign Burress or Ward. One about blows his leg off, the other one is the super bowl mvp the following year…heh

  36. theuglitruth says: Mar 11, 2013 1:01 PM

    Adding Wallace will make the Phins difficult for the Patriots defense to allow Aqib Talib to leave via Free Agency. Considering the age of Ed Reed, the Patriots may have to pursue a safety in the draft the match the youth and speed of the WR set the phins will start. Good move for Miami.

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