Heading into NFL free agency next week, the Miami Dolphins will be directing all of their attention towards signing free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers according to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com as of March 6:
The Dolphins covet Wallace because of his ability to make plays in the end zone, recognizing their high reliance on field goals in close games last season. They covet his speed, which would add a dynamic that was missing on a team without a player who could force defenses to respect the deep ball.
After finishing the season without a playoff berth and a lot of questions surrounding the future of the franchise, the Dolphins’ front office is determined to make some changes during the off-season in order to right the ship under head coach Joe Philbin.
Apparently, second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be in the team’s long-term plans. The Dolphins were impressed enough with Tannehill’s performance in his rookie season that the team is prepared to build around him with talented wide receivers.
Miami has already agreed to bring back receiver Brian Hartline and is seemingly determined to add Wallace as the team’s number one option in the passing game. With an open checkbook and a willingness to roll the dice on somewhat of a wildcard, the Dolphins will make a hard push for Wallace and will more than likely sign him to a lucrative long-term deal next week.
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