Speaking of Mike Wallace, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly reports that the Dolphins have targeted Wallace as their top free agent receiver choice. Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross hasn’t been afraid to throw money around to overspend on free agents, and paying Wallace the $50-60 million he’s reportedly demanding would be worth it to Ross if it give his franchise QB Ryan Tannehill a legitimate receiving threat, and as Kelly notes, Wallace could fill that role:
Out of all the receivers who played in 2012, Randy Moss(52), Larry Fitzgerald (34), Calvin Johnson (33) andMarques Colston (33) are the only playmakers who scored more touchdowns than the 32 Wallace produced in his first four seasons.
There are fewer than a dozen NFL receivers who can do what Wallace does, forcing defenses to adjust to him, putting a safety over the top of where he lines up. Few receivers have both the sub 4.4 speed needed to provide deep ball plays, and the athleticism required to produce yards after the catch.