Mike Wallace Traded to Minnesota Vikings


This time the rumor wasn’t horse manure. And no, Cordarrelle Patterson was not involved.

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In a fairly stunning development, the Minnesota Vikings today traded a fifth round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for WR Mike Wallace and a 7th round selection.

This is the very same Mike Wallace whom the Vikings attempted to acquire in free agency two years ago only to fall short in the bidding.

On that occasion, Wallace was reportedly turned off by the prospect of playing for a cold weather team. Now he has no choice unless he wants to retire.

Wallace signed with the Dolphins for $60 million over five years and still has three years to go on that deal. He’s owed $9.9 million this year with $3 million guaranteed unless a restructure takes place.

Last year with Miami, Wallace caught 67 balls for 862 yards and 10 TDs. Better numbers than any Vikings WR last year but still disappointing given what the Dolphins were expecting.

Part of the problem for Wallace might have been his quarterback Ryan Tannehill who is not known for his deep ball. Wallace will now be playing with Teddy Bridgewater who struggled in the deep game last year at times, but looked better as the season wore on.

Can the Vikings get enough production out of Wallace over the next few years to justify this trade? What will this acquisition mean for Greg Jennings who may have been in line for a contract restructure of his own? What about Cordarrelle Patterson who couldn’t crack the lineup last year and now figures to be even more buried on the bench?

Will this move do anything to sway Adrian Peterson? How will Wallace react to playing in a place he spurned two years ago?

Is Rick Spielman crazy? Trading a draft pick? I never thought I’d live to see the day.

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