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Wallace’s dad claims Vikings offered more

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The free-agency period opened with the Dolphins bagging receiver Mike Wallace, via a five-year, $60 million deal.  Now, Wallace’s father claims that the former Steeler could have had more.

And we’re not buying it.

According to Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald, Mike Wallace Jr. said that the Vikings made a better offer.

“The [Vikings] had come to the point where they were telling him, ‘You don’t have to live here, just be here during the season,’” Wallace’s father said.  “He wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather.”

Widespread perception throughout the league during the three-day tampering period and the hours before Wallace had a deal in place with the Dolphins was that the Dolphins had no real competitor for Wallace’s services.  If the Dolphins actually had managed to get Wallace without having to be the highest bidder, the Dolphins would have found a way to get the word out on that point — especially in light of the chronic suggestion in recent years that players don’t want to play in Miami.

Having the biggest name in this year’s free agency class choose the Dolphins for less money than he could have gotten elsewhere would have been huge news for the home team.

Besides, the Vikings weren’t in position to make a serious run at Wallace until the day before the market opened, when a deal was struck to send receiver Percy Harvin to the Seahawks.  By then, the Dolphins had the foundation in place for a deal that was wrapped up quickly once the new league year began.

We’re not saying Wallace’s father is lying.  It’s far more likely that facts got blurred and/or bastardized in translation.  Something as simple as an offhand comment from Wallace that he wouldn’t go to Minnesota even if the Vikings were offering more money can quickly (and innocently) be twisted into a belief that more money was actually offered.

If that were the case, the Dolphins would have made an effort over the past 16 days to get many others to believe that, too.

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  1. thesportsguy52 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:34 PM

    Everyone calling him dumb is a fool on their own. Not a Wallace fan but Miami is a far better living situation. No state tax (yes, that matters to players) and obviously a much better weather environment, night life, and a less harsh media. All of those factors have Mike Wallace written all over it.

  2. RoseTintedVisor says: Mar 28, 2013 11:35 PM

    Of course you aren’t buying anything that makes the Dolphins look good

  3. buhbay1c says: Mar 28, 2013 11:35 PM

    Well if this is true, oh well. Miami overpaid for a one trick pony. Run Mike, run!!!!!!!!

  4. smcgaels1997 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:37 PM

    Pretty simple..Vikings would lead to more pressure.. For all the moves they’ve made the Dolphins are still the dolphins. Less pressure seems perfect for a guy who doesn’t seem to want pressure

  5. bballnut50 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:38 PM

    well of course, the purple is really only interested in receivers who actually produce…

  6. hannahsdaddy says: Mar 28, 2013 11:40 PM

    Liar liar pants on fire.

  7. FinFan68 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:42 PM

    The Dolphins have no reason to mention that. To do so would seem petty and unprofessional which is the stigma they have been trying to remove. They overpaid Wallace but it was a calculated risk that can’t be evaluated yet. He already turned down a large offer from the Steelers last year and nobody said the Steelers were going to overpay him.

  8. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:45 PM

    I’m calling his father a liar. It’s not really Speilman’s style to bring in busts. Yeah I said it, Wallace is going to bust.

  9. iced36d says: Mar 28, 2013 11:45 PM

    Love them turtles love em all night hate dolphins Mike Wallace 60 mill. Stay thirty my friend

  10. eventhorizon04 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:46 PM

    Mike Wallace’s dad says his son got a slightly larger offer from Minnesota but chose Miami instead mainly due to weather/lifestyle concerns. To me, a young millionaire in his 20′s choosing South Beach over Minneapolis isn’t that hard to believe.

    However, you’re saying that it’s impossible for Mike Wallace to have gotten an offer for more money, or even a suggestion of a big offer, from the Vikings since you didn’t hear about it?

    Is it that hard for you to believe that maybe Mike Wallace’s dad is a better source of information related to Mike Wallace than your sources?

  11. hankstramjr says: Mar 28, 2013 11:46 PM

    Wallace’s dad sounds about as reliable as Kush’s dad. Stronger than oak.

  12. andyvictory says: Mar 28, 2013 11:47 PM

    Someone should’ve introduced this man to skis or snowboards earlier on. Snow is a great thing, also, it is one of the few blessings of mother nature which ALWAYS brings out the best in this constantly softening sport. Stop rambling on about “divas” and “princesses”. Screw domed, fairweather superbowls. Let him settle in and be relevant for a few months in his “sunny little warm paradise”, then let him disappear and get distracted like all the other pampered, attention wh#re receivers in this league do.

  13. eventhorizon04 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:48 PM

    Also – even before trading Harvin, the Vikings had a significant amount of cap space. Harvin was entering the last year of his rookie deal, so his cap hit in 2013 was tiny, meaning his fate didn’t affect the ability to make Wallace an offer for this season.

    And given how quickly Harvin was traded, it’s likely that the Vikings had already decided weeks before that they wanted to get rid of Harvin, meaning they were likely looking for long-term replacements for Harvin even before the trade.

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn they had floated the possibility of a $12 million per year offer to Wallace considering they gave a $9 million per year offer to the older Jennings who was coming off an injury-plagued season.

  14. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:48 PM

    Vikings are something to laugh at.

  15. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:49 PM

    Adrian Peterson should demand a trade out of that loser-infested organization.

  16. Vir Publius says: Mar 28, 2013 11:50 PM

    If Mike Wallace was as good as his dad thinks he is, then he might be worth half of what the Dolphins are paying him. I doubt the Vikings would dump Harvin for this and then make a move for…this drama.

  17. nickyleacy says: Mar 28, 2013 11:52 PM

    I feel like if this article was the other way around and the Dolphins had allegedly offered more but subsequently lost Wallace to another team, it would probably be very differently presented.

    I have very little doubt that the fact that ‘Miami have been turned down by yet another high profile name’ and ‘Miami have yet again just been used as a bargaining tool to raise the price’ would have been used.

    But then again maybe I’m wrong. Who knows…

  18. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 28, 2013 11:52 PM

    Art Rooney the IVIII or w/e is going to regret getting all pissy and giving Antonio Brown any money. It’s such a bogus contract. It takes away just enough to screw their wr corp overall. Wallace is the play maker and the field stretcher. He can also play WR. There’s A HUGE difference between a field stretcher and one that can play WR.

    Steelers don’t come out of 3rd place for the next 3-4 years. MARK IT DOWN!

  19. cody2818 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:56 PM

    wasnt there a report that the vikings were prepared to offer him $13 million a year, maybe they did…

  20. cmich2006 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:57 PM

    It was a well known fact going into free agency that he wanted to play here it was warm.

  21. jonevans83 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:58 PM

    Florio still can’t accept that someone would want to join the Dolphins.

  22. monkeyhateclean says: Mar 28, 2013 11:58 PM

    Ponder vs. Tannehill is basically a toss-up, but AP2K is better than all the RBs the Fish have ever had, combined.

    Sounds like Wallace was chasing money. Nothing wrong with that, and nothing wrong with Minny signing Jennings for half the guaranteed money.

    Besides, Wallace is a “deep out” guy, and Ponder has a terrible deep ball.

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:59 PM

    I believe it. He obviously didn’t want to play with noodle armed Ponder.

  24. fredsingleton says: Mar 29, 2013 12:02 AM

    “The [Vikings] had come to the point where they were telling him, ‘You don’t have to live here, just be here during the season,’” Wallace’s father said. “He wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather.”

    ________________________

    Ummmm, I doubt any team would say that. That is just not true. You’re paying him $14 million per year, he better live in the city.

  25. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:05 AM

    Cmich2006 – cmon bud, Minnesota plays in a dome.

    He chose a team with a higher ceiling but lower floor. Just like him, high risk high reward.

  26. We'reFineThere says: Mar 29, 2013 12:06 AM

    What about the taxes?

  27. trevor123698 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:07 AM

    Doesn’t matter. They have to offer a lot more to cover the loss in state income tax he has in minnesota. Contract is probably equal with that figured in, and I’m going to play with Tannehill if I have a choice

  28. jcbadger34 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:09 AM

    That’s gotta sting, huh Vikings fans? He turns down MORE money from your terrible franchise to play for a team that has Ryan Tannehill at QB….

    Oh wait, Vikings fans are still busy pretending Packers fans are upset that Minnesota over-paid to get Greg Jennings. LOL

  29. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Mar 29, 2013 12:12 AM

    I guess loosing to the Patriots as a Steelers wasn’t bad enough for him. Now he wants to do it twice a year. But hey I’d take 13 million a year to look like a fool. Plus maybe he can get Tom Brady’s autograph!!!

  30. northstarnic says: Mar 29, 2013 12:12 AM

    Clueless or dishonest? Either way, dude would be well advised to avoid the spotlight.
    Regardless, fact is that of the three teams discussed here, Vikes won in a landslide with the player and picks they acquired. Not even close.

  31. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 29, 2013 12:14 AM

    Really? You don’t believe it? Makes perfect sense to me…

  32. mjkelly77 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:15 AM

    We’re not saying Wallace’s father is lying.
    ________________

    But I will.

  33. bmcgrath2 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:19 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Mar 28, 2013 11:59 PM

    I believe it. He obviously didn’t want to play with noodle armed Ponder.
    ———————————————————————-

    You mad bro?

  34. veence69 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:20 AM

    “Yeah because the (insert team) can’t win because they are a loser organization that drafted (insert player). I am obviously a superior fan because I root for (insert team).”

    And you guys put effort into your posts. Everyone laughs at you.

  35. md228010 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:20 AM

    A.P. to the Broncos or Colts

  36. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 29, 2013 12:29 AM

    The Vikings could have offered three times more. Wallace knows that playing with Ponder will never get him anywhere. The Vikings are destined for obscurity for another decade.

    The only time you ever hear anything from them is when old PED Peterson is lobbying for his MVP.

    I was surprised when I heard that team actually had fans, but then I met some of them and I understood:

    Half-wits adore mediocrity.

    The Vikings are perfect for Minnesotans.

  37. Stiller43 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:34 AM

    That seems about right though. Hes not the tough, cold weathered guy a person like pittsburgh wants. Hes soft, and his hands suck.

  38. rgledz says: Mar 29, 2013 12:45 AM

    @ filthymcnasty….man, that noodle arm line is so original and creative! How do you come up with such brilliant stuff!? I can’t wait until the next Vikings post so that we can all read your noodle arm comment again! Copy……and paste…..

  39. stillers1229 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:46 AM

    Florid acts as if teams CAN’T WAIT to give him something to rite about. I don’t know how he fits his big head inside his on house.

  40. therealpittbull says: Mar 29, 2013 12:56 AM

    Mike Wallace wasn’t all about the money, but more the shine, with the money. He sees himself like LeBron, Wade, and any other athlete trying to get their money taken by a Kim Kardashean look alike. Minnesota should be happy they didn’t get this distraction. The moment he doesn’t get his catches, so he can sit comfortably courtside at the heat game, lookout.

  41. jcampol says: Mar 29, 2013 12:59 AM

    Ponder vs tannehill is not a toss up. Unlike ponder, tannehill actually can throw the football more than 15 yards.

  42. 2thguy says: Mar 29, 2013 1:00 AM

    The Vikings probably wanted him to play quarterback

  43. undeadjesus says: Mar 29, 2013 1:05 AM

    “If the Dolphins actually had managed to get Wallace without having to be the highest bidder, the Dolphins would have found a way to get the word out on that point…Having the biggest name in this year’s free agency class choose the Dolphins for less money than he could have gotten elsewhere would have been huge news for the home team.”

    …you mean like this very story you’re commenting on? This could very well be the way the team is putting that info out there. Tell some local beat reporter to give the new guy’s dad a call and there’s your “huge news”

    C’mon now, this is a borderline non-story: Guy who hates cold weather has mind set on playing for warm weather franchise. Cold weather franchise offers a little more money to entice him but guy has mind set on playing in warm weather. Stop the presses! Why is this interesting to anyone outside of the Dolphins fanbase?

  44. steelcurtainn says: Mar 29, 2013 1:17 AM

    quote” he wanted to get out of the snow and cold weather: If these statements were really said by Mike Wallace that is highly disappointing. We don’t need guys like this on the team. There was a part of me that was hoping he might have came back but after reading those comments if they are indeed true………See ya, glad he’s gone, pittsburgh isnt looking back, we dont need guys afraid of the cold weather waaaaaa.
    Maybe he is better off in Miami.

  45. vikes8480 says: Mar 29, 2013 1:29 AM

    I guarantee that Wallace’s dad is full of it. I’d put my life savings on it. Tannehill is a bum, even more so than Ponder.

  46. spfripp says: Mar 29, 2013 1:32 AM

    That is funny. It was reported right here that Miami had said the Vikes were offering Wallace 13 mil a year. There was no denial coming from the Vikes.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/12/dolphins-think-vikings-may-offer-mike-wallace-13-million-a-year/

  47. vikingsgohard says: Mar 29, 2013 1:43 AM

    Who cares ?? We’ll see game time what Wallace can do down in south beach … And I can’t see how my team could be worst then last year considering Harvin quit half way way thru like a little baby(after leading the league in rec Thur 9 weeks) …doubt we’ll see that from Jennings (and the first round WR)

  48. bz221 says: Mar 29, 2013 1:51 AM

    Andrejohnsonforpresident your facts are a joke. Black and gold will not regret intentionally not resigning this one trick pony. You remind me of the late Al Davis while he was over drafting for Heyward-Bay. Uneducated and irrational. You probably have seen a Unicorn recently as well.

  49. tigobitties says: Mar 29, 2013 1:53 AM

    he couldn’t handle the cold even though we play indoors. haha

  50. nickynick04 says: Mar 29, 2013 2:22 AM

    Brees wants an explanation….

  51. 1uniquename says: Mar 29, 2013 2:25 AM

    Ricky Williams was a pretty good rb but other than him it falls way back to cszonka and those early 70s guys. If Marino had Williams he wins at least 2 super bowls but AP will never win one cause no qb, and Marino had no rb, it’s a team game and one great player can’t do it alone.

  52. vaughnorange says: Mar 29, 2013 2:31 AM

    Tannehill is hands down better than Ponder, and will become far, far better. Ponder will be a back-up in a few years. Tannehill is the real deal.

  53. knew8411 says: Mar 29, 2013 3:18 AM

    I am glad things worked out the way they did. I dont think (for the money) that Wallace is worth it.

  54. gbsfinest420 says: Mar 29, 2013 3:24 AM

    Bastardized??? I may have to add that word to my daily vocabulary…

  55. themackstrong says: Mar 29, 2013 3:27 AM

    Vikings offered Wallace 200 million…He was about to sign but watched Ponder struggling to throw the ball 20 yards. Picked the Dolphins 60 Million. Smart man..

  56. hollymeus says: Mar 29, 2013 3:41 AM

    insane.. wallace is 5m guy

  57. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 29, 2013 3:44 AM

    Win some lose some just the way it is Vikes. You guys might be glad come December. Just hope Tannehill can get our boys the ball before he gets interfered with as we seem to have a left tackle void.

  58. haansel82 says: Mar 29, 2013 3:50 AM

    Wallace simply wants to party in Miami. If this came down to playing football in warm weather, Minnesota plays in a dome, so that argument is BS.

    Ponder is better than Tannenhill, Peterson is a future Hall of Fame RB better than all the Miami RB’s combined, and Minnesota’s dome/turf suits Wallaces’ speed more than the field in Miami…

  59. speedel says: Mar 29, 2013 4:01 AM

    miami has no state income tax.

    he gets more for less

  60. flipola says: Mar 29, 2013 4:41 AM

    If there were no other competitive offers, why’d Miami pay so darned much?

    Ah, well.. deal’s done, who cares anymore?

  61. rcunningham says: Mar 29, 2013 5:12 AM

    benroethlisberger7 says:
    Mar 28, 2013 11:49 PM
    Adrian Peterson should demand a trade out of that loser-infested organization.

    At least Adrian never raped anybody in a bathroom.

  62. stellarperformance says: Mar 29, 2013 5:24 AM

    Whenever I hear a weather-related comment concerning a players’ preferences, I automatically lose respect…..I don’t care who it is. If you’re that singularly focused, I don’t want you. Go sit on your moms lap with a cup of hot cocoa. Wimp.

  63. boobschannel says: Mar 29, 2013 5:38 AM

    i doubt the facts of this ‘story’. firstly, the vikings are intimately familiar with greg jennings, and he’s obviously the better fit with the system that minnesota runs than wallace is.

    maybe i’m wrong, and dolphins fans can go and and thumb this down if they think i am, but during his time in pittsburgh, didn’t wallace have an issue with drops? is he not just your standard outside WR, who basically runs ‘go’ routes? didn’t most of his production come out of big bens mad scrambles, as opposed to crisp routes and good hands?

    as a vikings fan, i find it hard to believe that spielman and company would see him as more valuable – outside of wallaces age – than jennings.

    you have to look at it from a schematic standpoint, and while its true that minnesota could benefit from a true outside WR, there are options available to them in the draft, and those options are significantly cheaper than wallace. jennings is more of a ‘whole tree’ WR, capable of lining up all over the field and running all the routes out of a multitude of formations. wallace, not so much.

    the basic gist of this article, to me, is that wallace camp is trying to put it out there that he wasn’t ‘all about the money’, although i can’t really see a necessity in doing so.

    then again, that’s all that anyone here in the comments sections do anyway; speculate. oh, and trolling. sometimes both.

  64. ramitbaby says: Mar 29, 2013 6:26 AM

    The Steelers suck.

    Signed,
    Dad Wallace.

  65. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 29, 2013 6:26 AM

    I’m pretty sure Ponder was part of the equation as well. Whether it be true or not, he does have a bit of bad reputation of being a check down guy. WR’s don’t like check down guys….

  66. johnnyb216 says: Mar 29, 2013 6:32 AM

    Smart move. I’m guessing he didn’t want to practice in that pole shed the Vikings try to pass off as a practice facility. Or maybe he just wanted a shot at winning a super bowl at some point in his career.

  67. mackie66 says: Mar 29, 2013 6:55 AM

    Talk about beating a dead horse, or this is a mute point, et al. Wallace is in Miami and has been since first day of F/A. Why does this matter and who gives a rats azz.

  68. purplepunisher says: Mar 29, 2013 6:55 AM

    Jennings obviously didnt want to play with noodle arm Rodgers since the Packers offered him more.

  69. cieronjhamblin says: Mar 29, 2013 7:03 AM

    So Mike Wallace doesn’t like playing in cold weather. Good job he doesn’t have to worry about playing in New York next February.

  70. betterandbetterthan says: Mar 29, 2013 7:09 AM

    Moving beyond the fact that his father has no incentive to lie, and (your) numerous reports he wanted the most money. The simple fact is that Harvin and Wallace may both be WRs but are not in the same mold. Minnesota had no WRs outside of Harvin. And it had appeared for months (years) that Harvin wasnt long for Minny.

  71. eleggitt says: Mar 29, 2013 7:14 AM

    Ponder vs. Tannehill is a toss up??? Really, LOL!

    Arm Strength: Advantage Tannehill

    Accuracy: Ponder Rookie Year 54.3 completion percentage, Tannehill Rookie Year 58.3, Advantage Tannehill.

    Athleticism: Advantage Tannehill, he would be the #1 WR on the Vikings.

    Anyway Wallace chose Miami because they are an up an coming team in a warm climate. The Vikes on the other hand will be lucky to finish above .500 and have no chance of winning a Super Bowl ever!

  72. GenXJay says: Mar 29, 2013 7:23 AM

    benrothloseshisburger7;
    …and Mike Tomlin coached “where” before his current head coaching position?
    So, dry your tearfully coated eyes w/that carwash, microfiber, yellow rag.

  73. whatjusthapped says: Mar 29, 2013 7:27 AM

    If it isn’t already embarrassing enough just being a Viking fan, now you find out that the biggest FA fish in the pond didn’t want to live in your city, play for your team, earn even more money.

    But to be fair, I’m sure there are a host of factors at work here for Wallace. I’m guessing he values a good catering company, a reliable supply of decent herb, and a night out consisting of more than 6 drunk nitwits sitting around a juke box in downtown Minneapolis so Miami won out on the extraneous factors. Ya, it had nothing to do with Mr. Noodle Arm.

  74. shaunypoo says: Mar 29, 2013 7:45 AM

    Just the fact you think Wallace was the best free agent this year is another blow to your credibility.

    He was barely top 5 at his own position.

  75. gtodriver says: Mar 29, 2013 8:02 AM

    speedel says:

    “miami has no state income tax.

    he gets more for less”

    Until you factor in the cost of living in Miami…

    And the fact that a normal person wouldn’t want to live down there.

    Miami isn’t even a nice place to visit – I’ve been there and have no inclination to go back.

  76. firegoodell says: Mar 29, 2013 8:16 AM

    kissmytaintpatriotsrule says:
    Mar 29, 2013 12:12 AM
    I guess loosing to the Patriots as a Steelers wasn’t bad enough for him. Now he wants to do it twice a year. But hey I’d take 13 million a year to look like a fool. Plus maybe he can get Tom Brady’s autograph!!!

    0 0

    Yeah….that was it. Since Wallace came into the league in 2009 the steelers and patriots have played twice. The patriots won 39 to 26 on 11/14/2010 and the steelers won 35 to 17 on 10/30/2011. In those two games Wallace’s stats were: 15 catches for 206 yards, and 2 touchdowns. But don’t take my word for it…do some basic research before posting such stupid off topic comments. Because his stats against the patriots would seem to indicate maybe he would prefer to play against them 2 times a year.

  77. firegoodell says: Mar 29, 2013 8:17 AM

    kissmytaintpatriotsrule says:
    Mar 29, 2013 12:12 AM
    I guess loosing to the Patriots as a Steelers wasn’t bad enough for him. Now he wants to do it twice a year. But hey I’d take 13 million a year to look like a fool. Plus maybe he can get Tom Brady’s autograph!!!

    0 0

    And besides with your post you are obviously taking way less than 13 million to look like a fool.

  78. stillworker says: Mar 29, 2013 8:33 AM

    Wallace + South Beach + $$ = out of the league in 2 years!

  79. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 29, 2013 8:34 AM

    Wallace is a Me 1st player and will not pan out as Miami invisions. Wallace’s dad shouldn’t drink so much.

  80. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 29, 2013 8:36 AM

    duh, when did Miami become a state? I thought Florida had no state income tax? I guess I slept in geography class to much.

  81. gsomatt says: Mar 29, 2013 8:43 AM

    Viking will have to pay an extra premium for top free agents.

    So the story got twisted and bastardized for a more sensational story. Isn’t that called “liberal media slant”?

  82. bobby2478 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:43 AM

    Just because FL doesn’t have state income tax, doesn’t mean they don’t have any bills to pay. They collect that money one way or another, likely through higher sales, property and other taxes.

    So if he lived in FL all year round, just because there isn’t any income tax he’d likely end up paying close to the same as if there was a state income tax once you consider all the other taxes he’ll be paying.

    FL can’t run on a portion of the funding of other states, they just collect it via other taxes is all.

  83. weedis says: Mar 29, 2013 8:45 AM

    eleggit says :anyway Wallace chose Miami because they are an up an coming team in a warm climate. The Vikes on the other hand will be lucky to finish above .500 and have no chance of winning a Super Bowl ever!
    —————————————————
    Yes the Dolphins are upcoming, bullsh&%t. At least the vikes make the playoffs. Vikes=playoff team, last year with ponder, Dolphins=horse crap last year with Tannehill. Good luck with that whole up and coming team deal you think you have going on, aint happening.

  84. GenXJay says: Mar 29, 2013 8:51 AM

    GB fans on a mission,
    the only Viking Wide Out controversy you need to be commenting on has already sailed. Greg’s the best. Your loss.

    Now, move along, sign that so called “elite” Qb & blonde chick on defense to huge contracts. & mark that day as beginning of the end of GB.

  85. nflgreedleague says: Mar 29, 2013 9:08 AM

    “facts got blurred and/or bastardized in translation”

    This sound a lot more like PTF then Mike Wallace’s dad!

  86. therealpittbull says: Mar 29, 2013 9:19 AM

    The State tax thing is overrated. Players are taxed like an independent contractor, in the state they perform the work. So, 8 games of the year, if Mike Wallace plays in a taxable state, his game check gets taxetd. The best case scenario, Miami plays the jags, bucs at home, along with the cowboys and Texans on the road, and its a tax free bonanza. But, he better hope he doesn’t play in NY or CA…lol

  87. theytukrjobs says: Mar 29, 2013 9:19 AM

    Look at the big bad NFL player afraid of a little snow.

  88. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 29, 2013 9:23 AM

    Here is yet another Viking fan indignity to suffer with this offseason. As if the humiliating season ending beatdown by the Packers wasn’t enough.

  89. northshorejag says: Mar 29, 2013 9:27 AM

    Hmm stinking rich in Detroit
    Or
    Filthy rich in Miami

    What to do???

  90. jpack1974 says: Mar 29, 2013 9:32 AM

    Does it matter?

  91. cpo187 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:06 AM

    Minnesota is returning 10 or its 11 offensive starters, replacing Harvin with Jennings. The offense was good enough to produce the 2nd best rusher in NFL history last year.

    Through the draft, the Vikings can upgrade a couple key Defensive positions (NT, Safety, MLB) for a middle of the road defense that showed promise with young talent.

    A WR should still be taken in the 1st round of the draft, then focus on Defense and the Vikings should bring back a team this year that was better then last, meaning that they will make the playoffs again. Mike Wallace at 13-14 Mil a year would have kill the salary cap space to make more moves.

    The 2 biggest concerns are: 1) Can Ponder step up (if not can Cassell be the man)?
    2) Greg Jennings went from Favre to Rodgers so he has only had elite QB’s throwing him the ball, how good is he really with someone like Ponder?

  92. eagles512 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:37 AM

    Over analysis once again

  93. seals1 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:04 AM

    It does make Rick look like he is chasing a little but a young athlete does fit the new Viking direction better than second half of career jennings.

    Either way Wallace knew the vikes are playing outside the next two seasons in TCF and he not a real ball player. Consider this a gift Viking fans that this kid went to FLA to chase skirts on the beach.

    Jennings is a true pro and will help the development of this young team much better than an athlete with an attitude.

    Go Vikes- Addition by subtraction

  94. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 29, 2013 11:04 AM

    purplepunisher says:
    Mar 29, 2013 6:55 AM
    Jennings obviously didnt want to play with noodle arm Rodgers since the Packers offered him more.

    —-

    Actually, no they didn’t. The Vikings gave him more guaranteed. He knows his body is breaking and he didn’t want to be a liability to a legitimate contender. So he left GB and signed with laughing stock.

  95. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    fredsingleton says:Mar 29, 2013 12:02 AM

    “The [Vikings] had come to the point where they were telling him, ‘You don’t have to live here, just be here during the season,’” Wallace’s father said. “He wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather.”

    ________________________

    Ummmm, I doubt any team would say that. That is just not true. You’re paying him $14 million per year, he better live in the city.
    ________

    Plenty of NFL players don’t live in the city they play in during the offseason. Do you think a lot of NFL players are hanging out in Green Bay in March? That’s one of the things that makes the story sound fishy. The other is that Wallace doesn’t fit with what the Vikings want to do on offense. They can draft a guy who can run straight down the field on every play. They wouldn’t tie up their salary cap on a guy like this.

  96. Phintastic says: Mar 29, 2013 11:27 AM

    Florio,

    Why do you keep deleting my posts? Are you that disturbed by the truth?

    “If that were the case, the Dolphins would have made an effort over the past 16 days to get many others to believe that, too.”

    Why do you say that, Mike? If you think Jeff Ireland cares what ANYONE (outside of the building) thinks, you are more clueless than I thought!

    Keep hating on the Fins, Mike!!! When the ship is finally turned around, it will be interesting to see how you continue with your negative bias towards the Dolphins…

  97. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:58 AM

    So Greg Jennings was the $9M/ year oft injured consolation prize in the Mike Wallace sweepstakes.

    Congratulations Viking fans. You got your man. Almost.

  98. eleggitt says: Mar 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    weedis: Yes the Dolphins are upcoming, bullsh&%t. At least the vikes make the playoffs. Vikes=playoff team, last year with ponder, Dolphins=horse crap last year with Tannehill. Good luck with that whole up and coming team deal you think you have going on, aint happening.

    Ok, the Vikes limped into the playoffs and got their azz handed to them when they got there by Green Bay. The Phins lost some close games early in the season or they would have limped in like the Queens did last year. If you think the Vikes have more upside or are better than the Phins you need put down the pipe buddy! Bahahahahahaha, Vikings 8-8 at best in 2013.

  99. axespray says: Mar 29, 2013 12:52 PM

    matthewcarlson1 says:
    Mar 28, 2013 11:45 PM
    “I’m calling his father a liar. It’s not really Speilman’s style to bring in busts. Yeah I said it, Wallace is going to bust.”
    ——————————————–
    John Carlson and all those draft picks after the 1st round don’t count as busts ?

  100. matt5mn says: Mar 29, 2013 1:19 PM

    I’m glad he is not here in MN. His rationale on where he wanted to play was based on the weather… Seriously – you’re in the NFL. The Superbowl is going to be in NYC next year in the middle of winter. If your goal as a player is to go to the big dance, you will want to go somewhere you will have a chance. Sorry Miami – you’re not a team that strikes me as better than Minnesota. Conversely, I’m glad we have a player like Greg Jennings. Class act and a team player.

  101. Moudabo says: Mar 29, 2013 2:19 PM

    $12 mil a year? Viking fans will be glad they lost out on this one.
    I wonder how long will it take Phin fans to realize that Wallace is way overpaid for the amount of production he brings to the team.
    I’m betting the grumbling start by week 4.

  102. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 29, 2013 2:22 PM

    axespray says:Mar 29, 2013 12:52 PM

    matthewcarlson1 says:
    Mar 28, 2013 11:45 PM
    “I’m calling his father a liar. It’s not really Speilman’s style to bring in busts. Yeah I said it, Wallace is going to bust.”
    ——————————————–
    John Carlson and all those draft picks after the 1st round don’t count as busts ?
    ______

    No, I don’t consider Josh Robinson, Jarius Wright, and Blair Walsh busts. Can you even name any of Ted Thompson’s draft picks the last few years, first round included?

  103. lnfinite says: Mar 29, 2013 2:45 PM

    Last thing the Vikings needed was another distraction type player in Wallace. Jennings is a better fit and it will be fun to watch him haunt his old team just like Favre used to.

    Thank you mod staff for clearing out some of those insecure Packer fan posts. Sometimes it makes a person wonder about their sanity feeling the need to trash up their rivals threads without repercussions.

  104. vikesfansteve says: Mar 29, 2013 2:56 PM

    Hmm,

    So Tannehill is such an athletic specimen that he would not only beat out Percy Harvin as a receiver but now that he is gone Greg Jennings? He is more atheletic than AD?

    What a clown statement. Even worse the 13 other idiots who gave that steaming turd a thumbs up.

    Also lets not make Spielman out to be the super genius when Ponder and Carlson are his choice.

    eleggitt says:
    Mar 29, 2013 7:14 AM
    Ponder vs. Tannehill is a toss up??? Really, LOL!

    Arm Strength: Advantage Tannehill

    Accuracy: Ponder Rookie Year 54.3 completion percentage, Tannehill Rookie Year 58.3, Advantage Tannehill.

    Athleticism: Advantage Tannehill, he would be the #1 WR on the Vikings.

    Anyway Wallace chose Miami because they are an up an coming team in a warm climate. The Vikes on the other hand will be lucky to finish above .500 and have no chance of winning a Super Bowl ever!

  105. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Mar 29, 2013 3:45 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Mar 29, 2013 11:04 AM
    He knows his body is breaking and he didn’t want to be a liability to a legitimate contender. So he left GB and signed with laughing stock
    ——————

    I am sure that is what he was concerned about, being a liability……

  106. purplepeople1 says: Mar 29, 2013 5:27 PM

    Love how people hate on the vikings so much. All I can say you losers will be all trying to jump on the bandwagon when we take the bowl. The packers and all their fans are pieces of Sh_t. Have a good day

  107. Deof Movestofca says: Mar 29, 2013 10:40 PM

    It’s sad that some people are so stuck on believing the “no one wants to play for the ‘Phins” meme that they’ve been repeating like a broken record since last offseason that they’re not even willing to consider the possibility that a top FA might have chosen them over another team even if the other team offered them more money. Such people need to stop drinking the hater-ade.

  108. n1kki6 says: Mar 31, 2013 12:08 PM

    If weather is ones only concern then Miami might be a better living situation. Having lived in both for an extended amount of time, in no way would I say that Miami has a better quality of life than Minneapolis, unless you absolutely can’t stand the winter. But the swealtering hot summers and insanely expesinve electric bills, even compared to the cost to heat my house during the winter is one of many examples. Now, as a pro athlete, yes south beach provides a better quality of nightlife than minneapolis.

  109. mooreman338 says: Apr 1, 2013 6:01 PM

    Geez, there sure is a lot of Vikings bashers on here. I’ll admit the QB certainly leaves something to be desired but our team as a whole is improving and Ponder closed out the regular season doing well enough to win 4 in a row. Oh yeah and they made the playoffs. How about the Dolphins? Did they even beat a playoff team all year? So all you trolls should take a break from hunting for your perfect opportunity to bash anyone, get off mommys couch and maybe look for a real job.

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