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Wallace turned down $76M from Vikings

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07:04 AM ET 06.14 | Wide receiver Mike Wallace, now a very rich man, could have been that much richer. The contract for the former Steelers speedster includes $30 million guaranteed and surpassed the five-year deals for Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs ($56 million) and Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings ($45 million). Wallace received five times more than the Denver Broncos gave Wes Welker in a two-year deal. "In free agency, with so many great guys, when you get the prize deal, it's always a good feeling," Wallace told USA TODAY Sports. ... Thing is, Wallace turned down a $76 million offer dangled by the Minnesota Vikings, his father, Mike Wallace III, told USA TODAY Sports. The Vikings later signed Jennings, the former Green Bay Packers star.

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June 14, 2013  07:50 AM ET

A couple of years from now, the Vikings will be glad he snubbed them.

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June 14, 2013  08:26 AM ET

His father is his PR guy? Why is he yapping to USA today.

June 14, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Good luck with this selfish Prima Donna ,Miami...

June 14, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Wallace has more upside than Jennings at this point, but Jennings is less of a headache, more likely to be consistent

June 14, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Kudos to his agent for getting this guy more money than he's worth.

June 14, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Either way, he'll be broke in 20 years.

June 14, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Either way, he'll be broke in 20 years.

Me too, probably, but I'd rather do it that way!

June 14, 2013  08:46 AM ET

Hmmmmm.....the Vikings have a RB that keeps safeties from cheating back which would allow Wallace get open more often on his one route he is the best at running. And was offered more money too.

Just why are he and his father bragging about that decision???????

June 14, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Me too, probably, but I'd rather do it that way!

Statistically, I'll be pushing up daisies in 20 years.

But Hail to the Redskins anyway.

June 14, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Just why are he and his father bragging about that decision???????

Two words:

1. Christian
2. Ponder

June 14, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Two words:1. Christian2. Ponder

Like Tannahill is that much better?

June 14, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Only guaranteed money matters in NFL contracts. Miami overpaid because they had the cap room and with a floor in team caps about to begin they needed to throw it around somewhere. Problem is, now other guys like Cruz figure they are worth that kind of money. There will be more WRs next year who can rightfully say" I am better than Wallace and look what he got."...

June 14, 2013  09:26 AM ET

These guys are lousy liars.." I want to be a great player ??? win Super Bowls"....Really? Then you would have offered your services to a team like the Patriots for the minimum.....

June 14, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Only guaranteed money matters in NFL contracts. Miami overpaid because they had the cap room and with a floor in team caps about to begin they needed to throw it around somewhere. Problem is, now other guys like Cruz figure they are worth that kind of money. There will be more WRs next year who can rightfully say" I am better than Wallace and look what he got."...

True!

June 14, 2013  09:45 AM ET

I hate to say it but Wallace also had a big arm throwing to him in Pittsburgh. Don't know about Tannenhill or Ponder.

June 14, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Miami had the better Quarterback and Better Weather and Women in Bikinie's!!!!!

June 14, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Hmmmmm.....the Vikings have a RB that keeps safeties from cheating back which would allow Wallace get open more often on his one route he is the best at running. And was offered more money too. Just why are he and his father bragging about that decision???????

Yeah but look who is throwing him the ball. I would rather have Tannenhill throwing me accurate deep balls then Ponder leaving me out to dry to get killed by safeties on the field.

June 14, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I would have turned that down too. Who knows where they'll be years from now.

Mired in mediocrity?

 
June 14, 2013  10:14 AM ET

$30 million guaranteed, to run rather quickly in a fairly straight line.

As long as they don't want more than that .... you know, something like catching more than half the balls thrown his way? .... it's a great deal for Miami.

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