Wide receiver Mike Wallace is now a former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers as he has agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins, which is expected to be five-years for around $65 million and include around $30 million in guaranteed money.
That\’s right, Wallace is taking his talents to South Beach.
Wallace was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of 2009 draft out of Mississippi. In his four seasons with the Steelers he recorded 235 regular season catches for 4,042 yards and 32 touchdowns. He leaves Pittsburgh with a 17.2 yards per catch average.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, no wide receiver has more 30-yard touchdown receptions than Wallace since his rookie season.
Wallace, who was a restricted free agent last off-season, sat out all of training camp due to his unhappiness with his contract situation. He finally signed his $2.74 million restricted tender before the start of the season, but did not perform well in the new offense that was put in by new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Wallace admitted later in the season that he lacked focus at times due to him not being involved early in some games.
With Wallace now gone, the Steelers will hope he stays healthy and plays well so that they will receive a third-round compensatory draft pick in 2014 for their free agent loss.