The Miami Dolphins continue to make their intentions clear that this team is ready to bring in high-priced talent in order to turn the struggling franchise around with quarterback Ryan Tannehill under center.
The one position the Dolphins are looking to find upgrades for more than any other heading into the off-season is at wide receiver. Reportedly, the team’s number one target in free agency in order to considerably upgrade the position is Mike Wallace formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers according to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel:
Multiple sources tell the Sun-Sentinel Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, who won’t be given the franchise tag by the Steelers this offseason, is the team’s top target.
The Steelers have made it clear that the team will not be bringing back Wallace with a franchise tag or agreeing to his contract demands. The Dolphins on the other hand appear to be ready to pay Wallace up to as much as $60 million to sign with the team long-term according to Kelly:
Considering Wallace turned down an offer from Pittsburgh that trumped the five-year, $55.5 million deal Vincent Jackson got from Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent last offseason, expect a contract being placed on a table that pays Wallace in the range of $60 million or $12 million a season during unauthorized contract negotiations at this week’s NFL combine.
Wallace will likely receive interest from a few other teams with the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns rumored to be targeting the young wide receiver in free agency.
Along with Wallace, the Dolphins will likely pursue veteran wideout Greg Jennings in free agency. The combination of Jennings and Wallace downfield may be enough to propel this team forward with a potent offensive attack.
Unfortunately for Reggie Bush, the team is prepared to let him walk as a free agent with indication of signing the veteran running back.