NFL  > General NFL  > Mike Wallace signing with the Fins
March 16, 2013, 04:22 PM
Sure, this could be a good move for the Dolphins. But here's why I don't think it will ...

1) Wallace is not a complete receiver. Does being a speed demon make up for his so-so hands, mediocre route running, his disappearing at the worst of times and his reluctance to perform the more physical duties of the position (fight for the ball, throw blocks, etc)?

Maybe it's just me, but I'd still take a Hines Ward over a Mike Wallace any day!

2) Wallace's yardage was logically, in part, due to having Ben throwing to him and Ryan Tannehill is NOT Ben Roethlisberger. Granted this is just a one year menu on the guy, but Tannehill had a 58.3 completion percentage, threw more picks than touchdowns and the Dolphins ranked 27th in passing touchdowns last year.

Yes, that's why they signed Wallace (to improve on those numbers) but here's a bigger factor: Ben was able to extend plays and keep plays alive long enough to allow Wallace the time to find a soft spot in coverage to catch and run from. It's therefore unlikely that Wallace will be able to duplicate his impressive yards-after-catch in Miami unless Tannehill can do what Ben does on the football field.

And few can.

3) Well, it's the MIAMI DOLPHINS!

When was the last time the Dolphins had a really good QB? Or a really good QB/WR tandem that got in done on a consistent basis over there?

Sorry .. what's that?

I couldn't hear you over the crickets chirping ...

It's not just the fact that the Dolphins player picks generally don't work out (in terms of translation to wins vs losses), it's the fact that the team doesn't have much stability from a coaching/organizational standpoint or patience from a player development standpoint. There's a reason Peyton Manning and Jeff Fisher both went elsewhere - the team seems to be endlessly hitting the RESET button and always tearing down and starting over.

I can see Tannehill sticking around for two or three more years before the Dolphins lose patience with him and again draft another QB. Now it's three years in to Wallace's 5-year deal and they decide to cut him because all that money they spent on the position (paid primarily to him) never got them out of 2nd or 3rd place their division, past the Patriots, and into the playoffs.

Of course I could be wrong ... but I hope Wallace enjoys counting his money over there. Because if history is any guide, it doesn't look like he'll be getting much else.
March 16, 2013  08:19 PM ET

The signing of Wallace by Miami was expected and gives the Dolphins a legitimate go to receiver. Joe Philbin has a reputation as an offensive guru and Wallace wil be a good fit in the west coast offense that Philbin excels at.

March 16, 2013  08:20 PM ET
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Sure, this could be a good move for the Dolphins. But here's why I don't think it will ...1) Wallace is not a complete receiver. Does being a speed demon make up for his so-so hands, mediocre route running, his disappearing at the worst of times and his reluctance to perform the more physical duties of the position (fight for the ball, throw blocks, etc)?Maybe it's just me, but I'd still take a Hines Ward over a Mike Wallace any day!2) Wallace's yardage was logically, in part, due to having Ben throwing to him and Ryan Tannehill is NOT Ben Roethlisberger. Granted this is just a one year menu on the guy, but Tannehill had a 58.3 completion percentage, threw more picks than touchdowns and the Dolphins ranked 27th in passing touchdowns last year.Yes, that's why they signed Wallace (to improve on those numbers) but here's a bigger factor: Ben was able to extend plays and keep plays alive long enough to allow Wallace the time to find a soft spot in coverage to catch and run from. It's therefore unlikely that Wallace will be able to duplicate his impressive yards-after-catch in Miami unless Tannehill can do what Ben does on the football field.And few can.3) Well, it's the MIAMI DOLPHINS!When was the last time the Dolphins had a really good QB? Or a really good QB/WR tandem that got in done on a consistent basis over there?Sorry .. what's that?I couldn't hear you over the crickets chirping ...It's not just the fact that the Dolphins player picks generally don't work out (in terms of translation to wins vs losses), it's the fact that the team doesn't have much stability from a coaching/organizational standpoint or patience from a player development standpoint. There's a reason Peyton Manning and Jeff Fisher both went elsewhere - the team seems to be endlessly hitting the RESET button and always tearing down and starting over.I can see Tannehill sticking around for two or three more years before the Dolphins lose patience with him and again draft another QB. Now it's three years in to Wallace's 5-year deal and they decide to cut him because all that money they spent on the position (paid primarily to him) never got them out of 2nd or 3rd place their division, past the Patriots, and into the playoffs.Of course I could be wrong ... but I hope Wallace enjoys counting his money over there. Because if history is any guide, it doesn't look like he'll be getting much else.

This sounds like sour grapes Ezekiel.

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March 16, 2013  11:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This sounds like sour grapes Ezekiel.

Sometimes it's easier to accept the loss of a player to free agency by ripping him mercifully.

I believe this article was written more for Ezekiel's benefit than anyone else's.

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March 17, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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I did rip him mercifully and for the same reasons others (who evaluate NFL talent for a living) have.How exactly did I "benefit" from this or the Steelers losing someone they had planned on losing well before this past season even began?

Justification to yourself / coping mechanism.

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March 18, 2013  02:53 AM ET

Wallace, 5 years $60 mil, a whopping $30 mil guaranteed. Wow. I like Wallace but agree he's not the best route runner. They'll see some production, but they overpaid for it.

They also overpaid for Dannell Ellerbe. 5 years, $35 mil. Wow, for an undrafted free agent signed by Baltimore for $2k and who started 13 RS games in 4 years. Again, an upgrade, and he'll probably play well for a couple of years. But that's a lot of dough to pay a supporting cast member who only started 7 RS games in 2012. But he also had 4 strong starts in the postseason, and he rode that performance all the way to the bank. Good for him.

Just don't think there is $95 mil and $50 mil guaranteed value in those two moves. That said, I wish the Bolts had either of those guys for less money.

March 18, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Wallace, 5 years $60 mil, a whopping $30 mil guaranteed. Wow. I like Wallace but agree he's not the best route runner. They'll see some production, but they overpaid for it.

Teams tend to overpay in free agency and that is why some of the more stable franchises concentrate on the draft for younger and more inexpensive talent.

March 18, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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I did rip him mercifully and for the same reasons others (who evaluate NFL talent for a living) have.

You missed your calling in life, you should have been an NFL scout. Maybe the Steelers might have a position for you in their scouting dept. Good luck.

March 18, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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The signing of Wallace by Miami was expected and gives the Dolphins a legitimate go to receiver. Joe Philbin has a reputation as an offensive guru and Wallace wil be a good fit in the west coast offense that Philbin excels at.

Wallace is a legitmate deep threat but not a go to reciever. He drops way too many catchable passes to be go to. Plus he stated last season that he loses interest during games when the ball doesn't come his way. So if he doesn't get open deep and the balls not getting thrown his way he thinks it's OK to lose interest. sounds like some other primmadona heacase WRs we alll know but he isn't anywhere as talented as those other primadonnna WRs.

He's a one trick pony. He's great possibly the best at that one trick but one trick nonetheless!!! Plus there is also the fact that since mid-seaon of 2011, he's been very very average at best in his production. Add all this up and I agree with Ezeliel, Miami overpaid for Wallace and I think would've been better off going after other/better and maybe a little cheaper UFA WRs.

March 18, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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Teams tend to overpay in free agency and that is why some of the more stable franchises concentrate on the draft for younger and more inexpensive talent.

This is very true!!!

March 18, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

...Troll on ...

...unfair Zeke. (Un) is a really great member of FN and when speaking his "opinion" here he has always been without insult to anyone even when he disagreed.

March 18, 2013  11:36 AM ET

You do know Tannehill was a rookie QB right?

March 18, 2013  12:43 PM ET

I am sorry to see Wallace and his ability to stretch the field go BUT I'm not sorry to see his poor attitude and drops go. I thought for sure Wallce would lite it up last year just to prove all the naysayers wrong BUT he didn't he regressed in my opinion.

I would've loved to see Wallace resign with the Steelers BUT not at $13 Mil a year. He just hasn't proven he's worth that much yet. Maybe he will this year, maybe he won't????? Who knows for sure!

I wish him all the sucess in his future endevers in Miami just not against the steelers!!!

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March 18, 2013  01:03 PM ET

Shouldn't it be "unmercifully"?

 
March 18, 2013  03:53 PM ET
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Shouldn't it be "unmercifully"?

HAHAHA!!! Good point!!!!!!!

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