Dolphins Interested In Rashard Mendehall As Well As Mike Wallace?

We have more Pittsburgh Steelers free agent buzz to pass along on Saturday with just a few more days to go until the start of the new league year on Tuesday.

Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network reports on Twitter that he is hearing the Miami Dolphins might be interested in unrestricted free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall should they decide to part ways with running back Reggie Bush.

According to the Miami Herald, Bush has already been contacted by three teams since the legal tampering period started at midnight last night, and sources tell the paper that he will not be returning to Miami.

Not only do the Dolphins appear to be interested in Mendenhall, but reported Saturday that they also have the early lead in the race to land Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace as well. Wallace is reportedly looking to land a five-year contract worth $60 million.

Mendenhall had a rough 2012 season in Pittsburgh that included him missing the first three games while rehabbing his knee that he tore up in the 2011 regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns. Once he returned to the field Mendenhall only made it through one full game before straining his Achilles\’, which ended up sidelining him the next four weeks.

Once deemed ready to return he played in the next two games but was benched after he fumbled twice in the Week 12 game against the Browns. He was suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the team after failing to show up at Heinz Field for the Week 14 game against the San Diego Chargers, after being told he would not dress for the game.

Mendenhall finished the season with 51 carries for 182 yards and no rushing touchdowns.

The last few off-seasons haven\’t been banner ones for free agent running backs, but the low mileage on Mendenhall, combined with the fact that he is a former first round draft pick, might just make him the hottest free agent at the position.

  • Jorge Moreno Gonzalez

    Maybe balls are easier to catch in Miami lol

  • steeltown

    HELLO Compensatory draft picks

  • good riddenance

  • westernsteel

    Finally news about players that won’t be missed! They both can be replaced.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    how are we going to afford all of these picks next year ahaha

  • Addison

    Yes! Better then I could of put it

  • Addison

    Minus 2 reasons we lost to Green Bay.

  • Jollyrob68

    Sign Wallace & Mendenhall. Better compensation picks.

  • Mikey Hoje

    Dolphins were 2-3 games from Wild card last year, and 4-5 games from Div. Champ to unseat Patriots, so “DEY BE HUNGRY” to get “playmakers”. on their roster But they better be wise not to over pay nor go after the wrong stud. I’m out.

  • SteelSpine

    It was a guy’s tweet said he’s “heaing buzz about Dolphins interest.” Maybe his “buzz” is just fans. If Mendy doesn’t receive interest until training camps – which is possible, unfortunately that’s a lot of days of more rumors until then.

  • sean mcmartin

    double cover wallace and he becomes invisible, No heart to fight for the ball with body and determination. Not worth the money.
    Might have won the SuperBowl if Mendenhall doesn’t fumble. Good Business decisions. Letting Harrison walk was beyond stupid.

  • GhettoBelligerent

    One team’s garbage is another team’s treasure…

  • They lost to Green Bay because they didn’t show up until after halftime.

    I do agree that Wallace proved he doesn’t have “IT” in that game.

  • Clint Martin

    Steelers do not want him back he has been a disappointment to say the least.
    The guy used to be a NFL scout he probably has contacts that he still talks to.

  • Addison

    Oh no doubt. It’s just 2 reasons leaving. Brown getting hurt could be another, Ben throwing interceptions, Pouncey not playing, Bruce Arians ( I might take that last one back after this year ).

  • NW86

    Really? Who would you like to cut in order to make the cap space?

  • TrueSteelerForLife

    I think he was talking to the Dolphins

  • I agree w Jets Andretti,our defense made the plays necessary to give us a chance to win that game,Wallace could of hung onto more balls and Mendenhall lost that costly fumble in crunch time Im all for receiving compensatory picks for players that truly don’t have that student of the game Steeler team first mentality, We don’t buy stars we breed em’. Is Lewis a system DB or is he really developing into a premier corner ? If anyone knows it’s Kevin Colbert and company. I do believe Lewis will make waves when he has hit the free agency waters. We should of signed him to a long term deal last year but we were too focused on retainin a WR w/ a ego. Lewis had a breakout year at the right time. Now he will be paid like a top flight CB. He generated a buzz throughout the NFL, is he a house hold name no but he can be. I see a team that has more $ than us like the Browns Bengals, Dolphins, or a dark horse candidate like the Patriots that feel they’re a lock down corner away from contention. I think we have alot of upside in our secondary we will be just fine people crack me up by saying next year I see a sub 500. win% record next season. Me I’m predicting a hungrier Steeler team that will stick to the proven winning Rooney formula. Tomlin and Company will have a strong draft and we will sign a few below radar low risk high reward bring your lunch pail to work type players and all will be well come Latrobe. I remember people predicting an 8-8 season because we had a suspect offensive line and many question marks in other positions and a new head coach in Tomlin but despite all that we still went on to beat the Cardinals to get our 6th trophy that year. I want us to get a Possession WR in the draft, lets face it ever since Old Faithful Mr. Dancing with the Stars Hines Ward was shown the door our Offense hasn’t had a go to WR to move the chains outside of TE Mille I like a lot of middle round prospects at WR so one can be had in the later rounds. RB is another position I see the Steelers drafting in this upcoming draft I like RBs Knile Davis, Montee Ball, and Marcus Lattimore. I’m not going to be disappointed if the Steelers don’t draft any of the 3 but if they did I would want them to draft the South Carolina product Marcus Lattimore he can eventually become the 3 down back, that we need to close out games like we did in the Cowher era. I also like LB as a position that will be addressed I like LB university prospect Mauti and I also like taking BPA in the first 2 rounds whether it be a LG named Warmack or Cooper, a
    LB Jones or a DT Lotulelei in the 1st possibly MLB Teo OLB Okafor S Elam in the second. I don’t know projections of where who is going but all goin to say is were goin to be in superbowl conversations in the near future I’m forecasting a strong draft. The Standard is The Standard