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Mike Wallace says going to Miami wasn’t about the money

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There’s an old adage that when someone says something isn’t about the money, it’s probably about the money. Which would mean Mike Wallace signed with the Dolphins for the money.

Wallace told USA Today that when he decided to leave the Steelers and sign a five-year, $60 million contract with the Dolphins, he wasn’t taking the most lucrative offer. He was taking the offer that would make him happiest.

“In free agency, with so many great guys, when you get the prize deal, it’s always a good feeling,” Wallace said. “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.”

Meanwhile, Wallace’s father is continuing to claim, as he did when his son first signed with the Dolphins, that the Vikings were actually offering his son more money than the Dolphins. And now the elder Wallace has even put a dollar figure on it: He claims that the Vikings were offering a contract with a total value of $76 million.

Wallace does acknowledge that he wanted to be well paid after feeling underpaid for years with the Steelers, but he also says Miami is the right place for him to emerge as a truly great player.

“I performed so well for so long, I just wanted to be well compensated,” he said. “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.”

If he can win Super Bowls and go to Pro Bowls continuously, Wallace will be worth the $60 million, regardless of whether or not that’s the reason he signed with the Dolphins.

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  1. ryman1566 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:24 AM

    Man this guy is full of himself. His last year and a half were pretty bad as a Steeler. So many drops, so many plays off. From all accounts, not very good in the locker room. This will be a bust signing in 3 years tops.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:25 AM

    It’s always about the money!

  3. wsperegoiv says: Jun 13, 2013 10:26 AM

    85 degrees and sunny probably pushed it over the top.

  4. geniusesq says: Jun 13, 2013 10:26 AM

    Oh, is he going to throw the ball to himself?

  5. JA says: Jun 13, 2013 10:28 AM

    “It’s not about the money” “I just want to be well compensated”

    Ok dumbass

  6. skoobyfl says: Jun 13, 2013 10:28 AM

    If you cashed the check, it’s all about the money.

  7. ajc33635 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:29 AM

    Living in Miami is a dream for a young guy. I lived there fifteen years and still miss the area.

  8. bmore44 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:29 AM

    It’s always about money. I don’t blame any player who walks for money.

  9. skinsfanwill says: Jun 13, 2013 10:29 AM

    Why is thee players out-play their rookie contracts and then people are upset when they want to be paid. Get that money while you can. As soon as you have a bad season they are cut and nobody complains about management.

  10. skinsfanwill says: Jun 13, 2013 10:30 AM

    *Why is it these….

  11. finsguy says: Jun 13, 2013 10:30 AM

    I believe him, he probably did get a better offer from the Vikes who prior to signing Jennings were desperate for a receiver.

    But I see too many quotes like this. Personally I have NO problem with anybody trying to maximize the amount of compensation they get for doing their job. I really wish people wouldn’t look at the desire to make money as greedy. Asking a lot of money that you have earned by virtue of your hard work isn’t greedy, demanding money from other people that you haven’t earned just because they have it is what is greedy.

  12. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 13, 2013 10:31 AM

    Couldnt be happier that this guy is out of Pittsburgh. He is exactly the type of player that brings teams down to 8-8 and causes locker room problems. His entire quote was one big hypocritical mess. No offense to the Dolphins, but history has proven that thats not the place to go win Championships. Also, theres a rookie slotting process, buddy, so you received the same pay in Pittsburgh as your first-contract-peers.

  13. dumbasdirt says: Jun 13, 2013 10:31 AM

    Maybe the Vikings did offer 76 Million dollars, but the only real money in football is guaranteed money.

    The Dolphins gave Wallace 30 Million dollars of guaranteed money. The Vikings offer of guaranteed money might have been less.

  14. ebr362 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:33 AM

    Listen, the NFL is a business. Its all about the money/profit.
    Do I believe it had nothing to do with the money…hell no, even he admitted it, but was it the whole reason , hell no again. In a game where a contract means absolutely nothing, I do not blame a player for getting his if his body of work deemed it right. Did the Dolphins overpay, that remains to be seen, but you cannot argue that he brings the explosiveness and TD production that the fins have lacked for years.

  15. trevsabeast says: Jun 13, 2013 10:34 AM

    He turned down a contract worth $16 million more… is he stupid? Before I just thought he was dumb, now I wonder if he can read.

  16. losntina69 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:35 AM

    Wait wait wait, is this fool really trying to sell us on the fact that the Dolphins are better suited to win then the Steelers??? lmao wow thats a good one, I needed that this morning.

  17. CKL says: Jun 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    Attention dads of NFL players: please shut up. You do NOT help your precious sonny boys when you talk about their careers publicly that way.
    Expressing support and giving details about their chil dhoods, fine. Talking about reasons for their career decisions, their injuries, etc? Not fine.

  18. troy43mvp says: Jun 13, 2013 10:39 AM

    The window of opportunity is small so take the dough while teams are willing to pay for “potential”. That’s all it is if you look at the last two years rec. stats with Wallace. Dropped balls tells me that he does not prepare in the off season. Potential players keep teams wishing and hoping instead of doing.

  19. hatesycophants says: Jun 13, 2013 10:40 AM

    If he can do it in freaking Miami, he should be enshrined while still active.

    Dolphins organization sucks.

  20. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 13, 2013 10:44 AM

    “A lot of people last year, when I held out in Pittsburgh, took it the wrong way, felt like I was just being greedy.”
    ——————————————————–
    two points: First, that is exactly why you held out, you were greedy. And two, we fans could care less about your money, that change in support you felt was because you played like a scrub last season, most likely from missing valuable prep time because of the holdout.

    Now please stop talking to the media and continue on with your below-average production career.

  21. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 13, 2013 10:45 AM

    Dolphins showed a lot of promise in 2012 while the Steelers manifested clear signs of a team on the decline. Also, Dolphins have tons of cap space while Steelers are broke. It makes sense that Wallace wants to jump aboard a winning team instead of a loser. Hard pill to swallow for Pittsburgh fans, but they need to accept it and move on.

  22. schmitty2 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:51 AM

    No state tax in Florida doesn’t hurt …just saying.

  23. enochmh2 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:52 AM

    Its all about the money for everyone,otherwise they wouldn’t be any hold outs and a lot of minimum salary wages.

  24. vaphinfan says: Jun 13, 2013 10:56 AM

    Its about the money with every player and every person too. If someone was gonna give me an extra 15,000 to do the same job just somewhere else I’d take and so would every other person.

  25. apkyletexas says: Jun 13, 2013 10:57 AM

    >“I performed so well for so long, I just wanted to be well compensated,” he said.

    – Should have worked harder in college – and gotten drafted higher than the 3rd round. If Pro teams had been impressed with your talent, you would have been drafted higher and slotted into a better rookie contract.

    You were the 84th best player available in the draft. That’s how you got paid.

    >”The money is not all I’m in it for.”

    1. Minnesota state income tax on $30 million guaranteed money is $2.4 million
    2. Pennsylvania state income tax on $30 million guaranteed money is $900,000
    3. Florida state income tax on $30 million guaranteed money is $0

    Wallace will save himself at least about a million, if not two-and-a-half million, by playing for the Dolphins.

    >”I want to be a great player – win Super Bowls, go to Pro Bowls continuously.”

    – So – you left the only AFC quarterback with 3 Super Bowl appearances in the past 8 years to play for a 2nd year qb on a 7-9 team? You left the quarterback who has sent receivers to 8 Pro Bowls and 2 Super Bowl MVPs for a guy who has done none of that?

  26. tannethrill says: Jun 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    Does he sound like the smartest guy in the room when he speaks? No

    Has he said the wrong thing in the past? Yes

    That said there’s no suggestion out there that he was a bad teammate in Pitt and the guy performed like a top 10 pick straight out of the gate getting paid as a 3rd rounder.

    He did well last year considering they didn’t seem to lean on him and went more witb looks to other players.

    The Steelers wanted him back. They offered a significant contact and franchised him but didn’t trade him last year. That tella me they were holding out hope that he would return. Why else wouldn’t yhey attempt ro moce him especially wiyh Brown as the #1.

    Wish he would start to get more control over the ammo he gives to the media to run with but in th the end I hope he at least learns from these mistakes.

    Hopefully he can see less said is best but I also think his play is going to outshine his mouth.

    The structure of the contract should keep him honest on the field and frankly he might be just dumb enough to continue to risk his body for what seems to be a love of the game. He was going to get paid like that one way or another with the speed and production.

  27. malvord13 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    He says as he’s counting his millions

  28. skleech22 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    Ah the scorned Steelers fans! Wallace was huge for opening up areas for the other receivers and he will be huge in Miami with better receivers! Steelers will be lucky to get out of the cellar in the AFC north,””if not break a hip and take geritol!

  29. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:06 AM

    …it must’ve been about his desire to get further away from the playoffs.

  30. thesteelers says: Jun 13, 2013 11:09 AM

    Steelers are born to win championships. He is not a Steeler.

  31. stillers1229 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jun 13, 2013 10:45 AM
    Dolphins showed a lot of promise in 2012 while the Steelers manifested clear signs of a team on the decline. Also, Dolphins have tons of cap space while Steelers are broke. It makes sense that Wallace wants to jump aboard a winning team instead of a loser. Hard pill to swallow for Pittsburgh fans, but they need to accept it and move on.
    ——————————
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…. hang on… i’ll really respond to this once I quit GUT LAUGHING… HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  32. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 13, 2013 11:15 AM

    Any knowledgeable fan knows that it isn’t the total “value” of the contract that matters, it’s the number of GUARANTEED dollars. And even if that number was higher in Minnesota than Miami, you can bet they were in the same (pretty exclusive) neighborhood. At the multi-million dollar compensation level we’re talking about here, a little more or less wouldn’t make a significant difference. I mean, how many Lamborghinis can one guy drive? It would be just enough to allow the recipient to say “It wasn’t about the money.”

  33. ken0west says: Jun 13, 2013 11:16 AM

    I am not saying Miami is going the SB or even playoffs but they have a better trajectory heading into 2013 than PITT. I know its hard for PITT fans to come to terms with the teams decline but it happened. Don’t worry, it gets better… Eventually.

  34. granadafan says: Jun 13, 2013 11:17 AM

    People would respect him more if he came out and said it was for the money. No one goes to the Dolphins to win.

  35. evilfrasiercrane says: Jun 13, 2013 11:23 AM

    He wanted a better chance to win a super bowl so he leaves a yearly contender with a good qb and goes to a yearly non-contender with a not so good qb. Ya that makes sense. And money had nothing to do with it. This guy has stupid written all over him.

  36. realdealsteel says: Jun 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    I’m sorry but I don’t see what’s so special about Tennehill for people to be so high on the Dolphins. Well, he has receivers now so there will be no excuses. As for Wallace..I don’t fault him for wanting big money. But I do fault him on the way he quit on the Steelers last year. He dropped balls and laughed and didn’t care one bit. He played with no focus because his mind was gone already.

    Karma is a b*tch Mike. Remember that.

  37. steelcurtainn says: Jun 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    It was about the Money Mike. I see him downplaying the situation now that he has a big contract. You go from a 2 time superbowl champion in Big Ben to Tannehill, makes perfect sense. Fibber!!!!

  38. jonevans83 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:31 AM

    “Man this guy is full of himself. His last year and a half were pretty bad as a Steeler. So many drops, so many plays off. From all accounts, not very good in the locker room. This will be a bust signing in 3 years tops.”

    Stats? I have one.

    He had 6 drops last season. Usually facts are included in dumb posts to attempt to give some credibility.

  39. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Jun 13, 2013 11:33 AM

    Yes, it was about the money. I don’t blame him. Whether he gets to play out his contract or maybe someday get an extension remains to be seen, but for now congrats to him on his first payday.

  40. hehateme2 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:38 AM

    He’d probably pay money to get away from these whiny Pitt fans. Geez… you guys come across as being not only a sore loser but a petty fanbase.

    Grow up!

  41. seals1 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    Miami Beach,,,,,,,,,thongs on the blvd beats snow and ice I get that with a young banger like Wallace. It’s man’s country up here.

    Vikes are still building a better core than Miami so it’s not about football it’s about the ladies and parties.

    Patterson and Jennings will come in at the same cost as one Wallace. Let’s Play!

  42. allhailkingflacco says: Jun 13, 2013 11:58 AM

    Hmmmm, South Beach and bikinis or 24″ of snow and a huge shopping mall.

    Yeah, that was a real hard decision to make.

  43. herephishyphishy says: Jun 13, 2013 11:59 AM

    god its amazing the hate and vile that will spread thru these boards on a off the field story… well here is some of mine. Pittsburgh fans enjoy your trophies while shoveling snow off your driveway. like it or not Tannehill has some upside. Rothlisberger, beat up a lot. and its getting harder for the Steelers to treat other divisional teams like punching bags (Bangles, Browns) well they can still beat up on the browns. laugh all you want Steelers fans Ravens have taken your spot at the top of the NFC North, Wallace might not be that smart but lets not forget
    Accusations of sexual assault/Rape against Wallace=0 and nobody in their right mind would pass up Miami for 95% of the horribly cold NFL cities. just not gonna happen. bikinis, beaches, liquor Lambos with the top off. what u got? your women are covered up because of the snow, our women are naked because of the cocaine! keep hatin while you dig your car out of the snow im going windsurfing.

  44. bchapman2011 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:03 PM

    What Wallace fails to mention is that 60 million in Florida is the equivalent of 70 million elsewhere. No state taxes make a HUGE difference.

  45. waltermatthau says: Jun 13, 2013 12:08 PM

    Unlike a lot of Steeler fans, I don’t dislike Wallace or blame him for leaving. His rookie contract was far below what he was worth, and Pittsburgh simply didn’t have the money to pay him.

    There’s no question, however, that he got pissy last season when AB got paid and he didn’t, and that attitude showed on the field. Dude is a heck of a WR when he wants to be, and I hope he gets back on track in Miami and brings some excitement for the fans there. As far as the Steelers go, I’m excited to see what AB, Emmanuel, and Wheaton can put together. Both teams should be interesting.

    Good luck, Mike. No ill will here, but I won’t pretend to be devastated that you’re gone.

  46. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 13, 2013 12:16 PM

    Certainly Miami is a much nicer place to live than Pittsburgh, whose only claim to fame are french fry sandwiches at Primanti Bros. (yuk). But why continue playing for the Steelers when the locker room is toxic, the team is broke, and no one really has the will to win anymore?

  47. biggs13 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:17 PM

    Crying when your players leave must be part of the Steeler way.

  48. themackstrong says: Jun 13, 2013 12:17 PM

    Christian Ponder can’t throw it past 10 yards and a you are a legit deep threat even for 100 million I don’t think a WR wants to have his career fizzle out in such a way with the Vikings. I also understand why athletes could pick Miami over other cities.

  49. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:20 PM

    “skinsfanwill says:

    Why is thee players out-play their rookie contracts and then people are upset when they want to be paid. Get that money while you can. As soon as you have a bad season they are cut and nobody complains about management.
    ________________________________

    Because they get huge signing bonuses up front that they never have to return if they suck.

    If they want an incentive based contract they should take one, but they can’t have it both ways.

    Furthermore, most times when a player holds out because they have “outperformed” their contract and they end up getting the new deal, they never come close to the same production once they get the big money.

  50. rodge1 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:25 PM

    Glad you came here to Miami whether it was for the money or not. The offense is immediately better with him here regardless of what the haters say. Go Phins!!!

  51. eliownsthepats says: Jun 13, 2013 12:28 PM

    No one wants to live in Crapsburg! Who wouldn’t want to live on south beach? Oh yea The real men of Crapsburg and Minisota!

  52. vikesfansteve says: Jun 13, 2013 12:35 PM

    If he likes Miami better more power to him, that’s the place he should be. The Dolphins signed him 6 hours into free agency and were the only place he visited. His Dad is so full of it when he says the Vikings offered 76 million. No chance.

  53. jmblosser82 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    Steelers may have another off year, but they will be back in the swing of things before Miami. Wallace dropped several passes that bounced off his hands, why? He held out. He was greedy, hurt his stock by his performance and ended up getting paid by a team who will be lucky to be 2nd in the afc east. Steelers and other championship teams do not respond to holdouts, that’s why they are successful, no player is above the team. Miami had a good receiver, traded him to Chicago. Miami doesn’t have the QB to have a good enough offense without a decent running game. Dolphins 8-8 if they are lucky, steelers 9-10 wins.

  54. sandersmarcus10 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:44 PM

    Bottom line on its on Mike Wallace to perform and prove everyone wrong about he didnt deserve the money he got, it funny no body every complains about QB’s getting 20 Mil a year especially when there coming off neck surgery and couldnt get there team a win in the playoffs like the guy did the year before who was terrible at QB

  55. steelforce43 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:53 PM

    You can’t fault the guy leaving the Steel City for more money. You can for lying about why he left. It was all about the money.

  56. baltimoresnativeson says: Jun 13, 2013 1:01 PM

    Miami = Exotic Beauties

    Pittsburgh = Trashy Heffers

    Not rocket science.

  57. rex1979 says: Jun 13, 2013 1:03 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jun 13, 2013 12:16 PM
    Certainly Miami is a much nicer place to live than Pittsburgh, whose only claim to fame are french fry sandwiches at Primanti Bros. (yuk). But why continue playing for the Steelers when the locker room is toxic, the team is broke, and no one really has the will to win anymore?
    __________________

    I guess another claim to fame Pittsburgh could make is owning 6 Lombardi trophies

  58. blackngold4life says: Jun 13, 2013 1:18 PM

    Untill the Dolphins get out of the AFC EAST and go to the South..the Pats will own them. They may need eleven wins per year just to make the playoffs. So multiple Rings are highly doubtful. You’ll make pro bowls and make tons of $ though. From a winning standpoint you should have stayd in Pittsburgh but I can’t blame you if it was about the $.. No one gets paid on offense over there except Ben..ask Hines Ward. So to me it was about the $ and not Rings..THATS Ok get it while you can..I’m sure you could have workd brought the Brinks truck to you’re front door. #MoneyOverRings

  59. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Jun 13, 2013 1:24 PM

    Steelers fans hate this guy, all I ever hear is about how he has fallen off the past two years. I wouldn’t call 2000 yards and 16 TDs in two years falling off.

  60. halftermguv says: Jun 13, 2013 1:34 PM

    Unless Wallace gets some humility and understands that he’s not the superstar that he thinks he is, he’ll be an average player.

    It’s also not just about dropped balls. Green Bay smacked him around in the Super Bowl and he played frightened of getting hit the rest of the game.

    As for the Miami posts that needed to insult Minneapolis and Pittsburgh; let us know how you make out when another category 4 or 5 hurricane hits.

  61. patswagg says: Jun 13, 2013 1:40 PM

    Can all of you stop hating on the guy getting paid?? Are you that jealous?? All Steelers fans are mad cause you guys lost him and claim your better without him. In reality you are better with him then without him.. time to move on Steelers fans.. So what if Miami has not done great things in years, now they’re on the uprisr and it makes yall mad??

  62. bchapman2011 says: Jun 13, 2013 1:42 PM

    vikesfansteve says:
    Jun 13, 2013 12:35 PM
    If he likes Miami better more power to him, that’s the place he should be. The Dolphins signed him 6 hours into free agency and were the only place he visited. His Dad is so full of it when he says the Vikings offered 76 million. No chance
    ————————————————-
    How can you be so sure the Vikes did not make the offer? You do know that there is a 48 hour window prior to FA where teams are allowed to legally tamper and talk to players right? That is how Miami signed him so quickly after FA began.

  63. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Jun 13, 2013 1:56 PM

    patswagg says:
    Jun 13, 2013 1:40 PM
    Can all of you stop hating on the guy getting paid?? Are you that jealous?? All Steelers fans are mad cause you guys lost him and claim your better without him. In reality you are better with him then without him.. time to move on Steelers fans.. So what if Miami has not done great things in years, now they’re on the uprisr and it makes yall mad??
    ————————
    Replace “Steelers” with “Patriots” and “Wallace” with “Welker”, and you will see that you describe every free agent departure in history.

  64. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 13, 2013 2:17 PM

    bchapman2011 says:

    What Wallace fails to mention is that 60 million in Florida is the equivalent of 70 million elsewhere. No state taxes make a HUGE difference.
    ————————————————–
    I get your point, but the state income tax rate would have to be about 14% for you to be correct. No states have that high of a tax rate.

  65. nickster31 says: Jun 13, 2013 2:29 PM

    Steelers fans are used to seeing great players walk away in free agency. Some of them WAY better than Wallace could ever hope to be.

    If we are being honest, look at the situation as it is.

    Wallace wanted more money, Pittsburgh was not willing to talk with him until he reported to camp. This is a Steelers policy dating back to when Chuck Noll was running the team.

    There was a new OC, who was bringing in a new play book. Wallace, who is amazing at taking the top off a defense, was not there to learn the play book, so when he got there, he was not only not conditioned properly (because HE did not work out enough when he was not there).

    If we are being honest, lets REALLY look at Wallace and his skill set. Other than his amazing speed, he does not fight for the ball in traffic, NEVER dives for a play. (AS WALLACE HIMSELF SAID) If he is not involved enough in the game plan at the start of the game, he loses focus for the rest of the game.

    When Wallace did show up, he saw that the new play book was not one that was going to focus on his skill set, like the one with Bruce Arians. The need for a burner that is not willing to go over the middle and fight for a reception is of no use to Todd Hailey, so Wallace did not fit into the system that the Steelers were going to use.

    They STILL offered him a VERY good contract, I believe it was in the 5 year, $50 million range, and that was not enough for him. At that point, the leader of the “Young Money” Crew was done in Pittsburgh.

    I wish him all the best, but he should look at a player like Santonio Holmes to see what his future holds. He is getting a down grade at the QB position, and his numbers are going to suffer because of it.

    Just like the Ravens are going to experience when Flacco hits his year with a $29 million cap hit, the Dolphins are going to have to make a decision next year, when Wallace is going to count, I believe, $17 million against the cap.

    If Wallace shows that his skills are what made Ben a great QB, then Miami is going to have no problem paying that $17 million. If he shows that he is really just a 1 trick pony, like the Steelers fans believe he is, then he is going to hit the market again next year when Miami has to cut him.

  66. nickster31 says: Jun 13, 2013 2:39 PM

    rex1979 says:
    Jun 13, 2013 1:03 PM
    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jun 13, 2013 12:16 PM
    Certainly Miami is a much nicer place to live than Pittsburgh, whose only claim to fame are french fry sandwiches at Primanti Bros. (yuk). But why continue playing for the Steelers when the locker room is toxic, the team is broke, and no one really has the will to win anymore?

    ****************************************

    VERY uneducated comment. For starters, Pittsburgh is no longer the Steel factory town, and has become quite beautiful. Is it as beautiful as Miami? Of course not, but show me another NFL city that is.

    If you want to talk about the Steelers?
    Toxic locker room? Odds are, the person talking negatively about the Steelers is no longer on the roster.
    Team is broke? Yeah, we have had a few years where money has been tight, but in 2014, we are a Ben Roethlisberger new contract (which he would have been getting anyway) away from being under the salary cap. In 2015, even if the salary cap only goes up like it has in the past couple years, the Steelers are going to have a TON of money, I believe in the $20-25 million range in available cap space.

    And DO NOT DARE talk bad about Permanti Bros sandwiches. For starters, it isn’t just fries, but the egg and cole slaw that goes with it. It has been featured on Man vs Food, and is one of the best sandwiches you can get.

  67. perfect1972 says: Jun 13, 2013 2:57 PM

    @apkyletexas

    You are actually wrong. State income tax for athletes is based on home and away. A Florida resident will pay taxes on road games in the state they play. It’s very complicated. I used to do athlete returns. Like war and peace after its done.

  68. finscanes says: Jun 13, 2013 3:17 PM

    Tannehill can make all the throws and has a really strong arm. Ponder…not so much. Plus he was a Seminole, ew!

  69. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 13, 2013 3:59 PM

    Mike Wallace’s dad is a liar. Either that, or the $76 million offer was over 20 years, with $6 million guaranteed.

  70. jackrabbitz says: Jun 13, 2013 5:33 PM

    Can’t blame him for not wanting to play in minnesota.

  71. lolo376 says: Jun 13, 2013 5:34 PM

    It would’ve been better if he said it was about the money, we all know its true. Can’t hate you for it, but now you gotta lie about why Miami? This team doesn’t even know if it’ll be in the same city 5 years from now, one of the laughing stocks of the NFL

  72. haywoodjablomee says: Jun 13, 2013 5:55 PM

    Amazing how every article about Mike Wallace brings out all the disgruntled Steeler fans. Get over it.

  73. smoothiecs07 says: Jun 13, 2013 5:58 PM

    What was it about then? I wish these guys would just keep it real. I suppose the holdout before last season and causing a distraction wasn’t about the money either? Fact is if there wasn’t such a payday then probably more then half the people who play professional sports wouldn’t play because in today’s sports world its only about the money.

  74. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 13, 2013 6:19 PM

    The dolphins have a better shot at winning it all than the Vikings, so there is a lot of truth in this statement.

  75. vincentbojackson says: Jun 13, 2013 6:32 PM

    Translation…it was all about the money.

    No sane wide receiver trades Roethlisberger for a second year guy if not for the money.

  76. Norseman says: Jun 13, 2013 6:35 PM

    The Dolphins offered Wallace way more in GUARANTEED money. That’s why he signed in Miami.

    Red flag anyone?

    Very happy Mr. Wallace is not in Minnesota.

  77. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 13, 2013 6:51 PM

    Wallace was number 1 on MN’s target list, but the Vikings play like number 2. So Wallace signed with the Dolphins.

  78. Deb says: Jun 13, 2013 7:44 PM

    Just keep talkin’, Mike. That’s what you’re good at.

  79. fanofmiad says: Jun 13, 2013 8:00 PM

    Wallace even said that he was thankful to Pittsburg for everything and yet Steeler fans still bash him. And we all know its only because he left you. Be jealous all you want. Go Dolphins!

  80. Deb says: Jun 13, 2013 8:42 PM

    @fanofmiad …

    Just finished posting on another board that Rod Woodson is my all-time favorite Steeler. He left us and wound up winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens. The animosity toward Wallace, at least for me, doesn’t have anything to do with him leaving. I’ve always continued to support former Steelers. What I don’t appreciate is Wallace skipping camp last year, failing to learn the new offense, laying down on the field, then blaming his lack of productivity on the fact that he couldn’t remain motivated because we were running the ball too much. I’m glad he appreciates the adulation he received from fans in Pittsburgh before last season and the $1.7 million he got last year just for showing up. I would have appreciated it if he’d had the character to earn last year’s paycheck.

  81. urcrap says: Jun 13, 2013 10:49 PM

    Good move for MW! Dolphins can always use another loser. 60 large money well waisted indeed!

  82. stellarperformance says: Jun 13, 2013 11:08 PM

    This is on a Vikings storyline, and as a Packer fan, if it was between Jennings and this guy…..the Vikings won ….big time.

  83. flarebel says: Jun 14, 2013 12:01 AM

    @deb
    Wallace hit his averages for receptions and td’s. His yardage was all that was down. Can’t tell me that’s all on him. Sounds like sour grapes in Pitts.

  84. ih8hypocrites says: Jun 14, 2013 12:39 AM

    Give this kid a break. I love how people pretend that they don’t go for the money when THEY are looking for work. I’m sure they would never do such a vile thing as look for long term financial stability. I’m sure when they look for a job.. They simply look to give their services away for the good of their employer. This is stupid. These players have only a few years to make a contract that will have to last them a life time. I agree that players are over paid but they are the draw.. If they don’t get it the owners will keep it.. Because you know they are not lowering ticket/merchandise prices. Pitt fans are angry he left.. So be it. He is a game changer.. Defenses have to account for him.. That’s big.. If he averages 45 catches a year and 10 TDs he’s worth every penny.. Make note of what the other receivers in Miami are able to do just given his presence.

  85. dtrb10 says: Jun 14, 2013 1:46 AM

    Anyone who says the Phins are better than us, we will see that at the end of the year. Jennings is a better fit over the middle route runner, Patterson to burn, Ruldolph red zone oh and maybe someone named Adrian Peterson. Get real the Vikes are an up and coming and Spielman would never offer that much guaranteed money so that is the reason for sure!

  86. gettingpwned says: Jun 14, 2013 2:03 AM

    Wallace stats are padded vs crap teams & vs good teams in garbage time. He disappeared vs the good teams in important games.
    Agreed about the rookie slotting for his first contract. Duh. And he had 2 good years & severely underachieved last year. Sad to see him go, not sad to see we didn’t waste that amount of money on a WR.

  87. steel2372 says: Jun 14, 2013 7:13 AM

    Joemontanaflacco

    Who wouldn’t want to play for a winning franchise like the Steelers who are competitive every year. You made a comment Steelers are loser. Last year was 8-8 with several key injuries last season. We will be much better this season if everyone stays healthy. 6 championships speak for itself no matter when they were won.

  88. truthserum4u says: Jun 14, 2013 7:52 AM

    bchapman2011 says: Jun 13, 2013 1:42 PM

    vikesfansteve says:
    Jun 13, 2013 12:35 PM
    If he likes Miami better more power to him, that’s the place he should be. The Dolphins signed him 6 hours into free agency and were the only place he visited. His Dad is so full of it when he says the Vikings offered 76 million. No chance
    ————————————————-
    How can you be so sure the Vikes did not make the offer? You do know that there is a 48 hour window prior to FA where teams are allowed to legally tamper and talk to players right? That is how Miami signed him so quickly after FA began

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Minnesota didn’t have the where-with-all to sign Wallace to that type of contract unless it was spread out over far more years and much less guaranteed. So the true value and per year value would have to be less. The Vikings still had Harvin & Winfield on the books and needed to get rid of their contracts before they could offer Jennings $31 million less than what Wallace’s dad claims they offered Mike. Logic tells you this is extremely unlikely…at best.

  89. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 14, 2013 7:32 PM

    The same Steelers fans bashing Wallace believe that their beloved Big Ben is in Pittsburgh, playing only for his love and devotion of the city and for the fans and not playing out of love of money, which is $800,000 per game.
    If you want to see real greed, wait until Roethlisberger’s current contract expires. Landry Jones is warming up in the bullpen even as I type this.

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