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|Wallace’s status entering 2012 appears uncertain as the Steelers 4th year wide receiver has thus far refused to sign his restricted free agent tender which would pay him $2.7-million for the upcoming season. With reports indicating that Wallace and his agent have instead asked the team for a long term contract averaging $14-16-million, the gulf between the parties is clearly huge. Wallace is coming off a solid 2011 campaign where he finished the year with 72 receptions (a career-high), for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. While those are solid numbers, he faded down the stretch and averaged a career-low 16.6 yards per reception. Over the final seven games of the season, he caught just 25 of 50 targets for 325 yards and a pair of scores. Despite that late season swoon, Wallace remains perhaps the most feared big play receiver in the game outside of Calvin Johnson and should be considered a mid-tier WR1 on draft day.
Comment: Wallace is expected to report soon but has missed valuable time learning Todd Haley's system.
| Mike Wallace won't practice until next week -- Thu Jul 31 7:15 am --|
|I'm told Mike Wallace (hamstring) is going to be out at least until next week. He will not participate in scrimmage at Sun Life Saturday. (Armando Salguero via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Wallace missed yesterday's practice session as well as today's. No need to panic unless Wallace doesn't see the field next week as reported.
|Mike Wallace seeing snaps out of backfield -- Mon Jun 9 3:20 pm --|
Ex-Steeler WR getting deployed all over formation in OTAs
|Why is Mike Wallace excited about Miami's new offense? He told (NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington) he caught a TD out of backfield last week. Plays wide, in slot, backfield. (Jeff Darlington on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: New OC Bill Lazor seems to understand something about the Dolphins that former play-caller Mike Sherman could not figure out: Wallace is a difference-maker on an offense with few of them. The five-year veteran somehow managed to post a career-high 73 receptions in 2013, so while his catches may not increase all that much this season, expect him to make a run toward his career highs in yards (1,257) and touchdowns (seven).
|Mike Wallace in "better spirits" this season -- Mon Jun 2 5:40 pm --|
Knowshon Moreno running behind Lamar Miller in camp
|Mike Wallace is in clearly better spirits this year. One reason is that he loves Bill Lazor’s offense and the flexibility it gives him to change where he lines up. Mike Sherman wouldn’t permit him to do that last year, and Wallace said today that as a result, opposing defenses knew exactly where he was going to be.
Knowshon Moreno continues to work primarily with the second team, with Lamar Miller taking a lot of first team snaps. Moreno dropped a pass today and Joe Philbin conceded that his conditioning could be better. (Miami Herald)|
FF Today's Take: Wallace languished last season under Sherman, who refused to move him across the formation and used him mostly as a glorified clear-out receiver. It appears as if Lazor wants to use the ex-Steeler in the same way the Eagles used DeSean Jackson in 2013. As for Moreno, Miller is a superior talent, so the free-agent signee cannot afford a negative first impression - especially considering he is on a one-year deal.