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Looks like top priority over jennings despite price. Would have to face him twice a year but with tannehill still being new in the league.. i wouldn't be worried for a few years. Plus Wallace likes to have the dropsies every now and then
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I think he would be a nice fit in Miami. Especially if they keep Hartline.
__________________ "There is an old saying about the strength of the wolf is the pack, and I think there is a lot of truth to that. On a football team, it's not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together." - Bill Belichick
That’s why free agency is so important. By re-signing Hartline (which by all appearances the team is trying to do before he hits the open market) and then adding a Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings, it would open up all kinds of possibilities in the draft.
Wallace is expected to fetch in excess of $10 million annually — a steep price, but one the Dolphins probably need to pay, according one league personnel evaluator. Even if Wallace does nothing but run go-routes, the source said, he’ll be worth the investment if he catches 12 touchdown passes and 1,400 yards for the Dolphins.
Should the Dolphins sign one of those free agent receivers, they could wait until the second or third rounds — where they have four combined picks — to add receiver help. Baylor’s Terrance Williams, West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton would be options.
That would allow the Dolphins to use their first-round pick to fill other another hole.
And while the receiver position might be uninspiring, this is a great draft for offensive and defensive tackles, experts agree.
The Miami Dolphins will be looking to add weaponry to their offense this offseason, building around second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The team, according to reports yesterday, will target Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace as their top priority in free agency, looking to add much needed speed to the offense. While Wallace is one of the top free agents this year, he also comes with baggage.Wallace has the same problem that infuriated Dolphins fans for the two seasons Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was in Miami - drops. Wallace also has a reputation as a "diva," something that Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has been reluctant to deal with in his first year with the team.
To get a better idea of what the Dolphins could expect from Wallace if they land him, I turned to SB Nation's Pittsburgh Steelers blog, Behind the Steel Curtain. Managing Editor Neal Coolong gives us an in-depth look at Wallace:
1) The Miami Dolphins are poised to be big spenders in free agency, with more than $40 million in cap space. Who will they target? Expect a major push for an offensive skill player. In talking with general manager Jeff Ireland, he focused on landing a player who can produce explosive plays. That would seem to indicate their eyes will turn to receiver Mike Wallace. When I mentioned how a player with scheme familiarity could hit the ground running -- like receiver Greg Jennings, who spent time with coach Joe Philbin in Green Bay -- Ireland responded that it could be helpful. (Last year, rookie QB Ryan Tannehill eased his way into the NFL by playing in an offense under his old Texas A&M coach, Mike Sherman.) Early signs point to Wallace being the target, though.
Five picks in the first three rounds of this deep draft though. They could start getting better in a hurry.
5 picks in the top 3 rounds in addition to their 40 million in cap room should definitely make them better, even if they only hit on 50/50. I think we'd all be shocked if they didn't bring in either Wallace or Jennings, and then probably added another top round WR in the draft with one of their top couple/few selections. That could improve their WR position dramatically.
This is definitely Ireland's best chance and last chance at turning the team around. We'll see if he's able to do that, but I think there's nowhere to go but up.
Looking forward to the 2013 season--possibly Belichick's biggest accomplishment yet!