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Chase for Wallace begins in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Combine begins today. General Manager Jeff Ireland will speak to the media Thursday per the schedule. And so let me tell you what's about to happen:

As I reported Feb. 12 the Dolphins will get about the business of talking to Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings. As Indianapolis is the site where team personnel and agents gather, I expect the Dolphins will touch base with the representatives for both players in the coming days.

That doesn't mean the Dolphins will sign both players. It doesn't mean they'll sign either because, well, stuff happens. As I said, they'll work it with both. But it means they have a plan and both players are part of that plan. The plan has Wallace as the priority but also includes Jennings -- perhaps as a fallback position, perhaps in addition to Wallace.

It is not possible to know exactly what Ireland has in mind with Wallace and Jennings because he doesn't share that with anyone in the media. But it is certain the Dolphins will chase Wallace first. He is the priority. Then Jennings will come soon afterward.

And that brings us to this:

The story is not whether the Dolphins want or are interested in or will speak with top target Mike Wallace or his agent.

The story is whether the Dolphins can actually land Mike Wallace.

Wallace, you see, is the second biggest free agent name this Dolphins administration has chased. The biggest was last year and his name is Peyton Manning. But as the Dolphins haven't exactly been nails landing the guys they want, it is fair to wonder if they can be successful this time.

(A note here: If you're thinking back to last year and say the Dolphins chased and failed to land quarterbacks Matt Flynn or Alex Smith, I reject that idea. The team placed no "must-have" priority on either of those players. The contract offered to Flynn was only borderline starter money, more than suggesting Miami could take or leave Flynn. So Flynn took the more sure thing in Seattle. As for Smith, I'm not even sure the Dolphins offered him a contract and if they did, it definitely was not for the $8 million per year he was seeking. So again, the team wasn't all in on getting Smith. I don't see that as failures of any sort. Indeed, hindsight has shown Ireland was wise to steer clear of both.)

Now, the Dolphins did fail on Manning. They not only didn't land the biggest free agent they'e ever chased, they even failed to be among his finalists. Yes, the club managed a meeting with Manning but if you remember they had to fly to see him. Manning, meanwhile, went to Denver and other places he was truly interested in to speak with those teams. The Dolphins were in the hunt, but they were the hound way back in the pack gasping for breath and watching the lead dogs tree the game and get the big pat on the head.

(Where the heck did I come up with that analogy?)

Miami has also failed in other free agent attempts, to be sure, but one that should worry is the failed effort to land Ryan Clark. You remember Clark? He came to South Florida via Pittsburgh, apparently ready to sign a deal that would take him away from the Steelers.

He never signed. He returned to Pittsburgh.

Clark's story is that the Dolphins offended him. They told him how he was flawed and not worth a ton of money and made him feel unwanted, etc ...

The Dolphins have a different version but that version does not matter now.

The Clark version matters because he is Mike Wallace's teammate in Pittsburgh and if the wide receiver asks, that's the version he's going to hear. Facts be damned, Wallace will likely hear the Dolphins painted in a negative light. And so Miami could be swimming against that tide to convince Wallace this is the team for him.

There's also this little matter of competition. I seriously doubt the Dolphins will be the only team chasing Mike Wallace. Although his asking price will likely start around $11-$12 million, as I first reported on January 25, Wallace is likely to have other suitors.

His agent's job the next week will be to drum up interest in his client so that Wallace can have teams bid against each other. I have no idea what teams will target Wallace aside from the Dolphins. The Dolphins are projected to have the third-most salary cap space in the NFL when the league year opens March 12.

So they can afford Wallace.

But there have been rumors Cleveland and even Cincinnati might also have interest. And they happen to be the two teams with more cap space than Miami.

It must be said the Dolphins have not been inept at landing their man. In 2010, Karlos Dansby was considered the prize defensive player in free agency and the Dolphins got him straight away.

They got Jason Taylor away from the New York Jets in 2011.

(Yes, they lost Calvin Pace to the Jets in 2008 but thank God!)

So there have been hits and misses once the Dolphins have identified their targets. They identifed Wallace weeks ago.

The chase begins now.

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montana was a 3rd rounder...bottom 3rd....

2012 Season

Wallace 64 836 13.1
Fitzgerald 71 798 11.2
Hartline 74 1083 14.6


Take the names away and all you hamster brains would say take the third guy on the list!

Your feeble minds are brainwashed by silly media no nothing media drips.


He reminds me of........well.......of me!

Posted by: odinseye | February 20, 2013 at 05:03 PM

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Well, that's just how mirrors work.

id take fitz over anyone. those numbers are worthless, zonas qb was worse than craig m

It appears to me like we a pretty good shot at either Wallace or Jennings. Why all the negativity? Cincy could be serious competition for Wallace but we'll see. There are some advantages to coming here as well.

I also think we should draft a WR high even if we sign a free agent and resign Hartline. We need 4 or 5 good recievers for this offense.

I can't necessarily agree with you on Amendola dusty. I mean we need recievers and if we don't get Jennings or Wallace he would then be an option. He's solid but he doesn't scream playmaker to me.

Wallace 64 836 13.1
Fitzgerald 71 798 11.2
Hartline 74 1083 14.6

Posted by: Numbers don't lie | February 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM

How about looking up YACS instead of YPC. You'll find Hartline near the very bottom in this category. You know, the category that most often leads to tds?

Hartline averages a pultry 3.1 yds after contact. Primary reason he has only one td in 2012.

NUMBERS DONT LIE. You just have to learn to read them idiot. LOL....

id take fitz over anyone. those numbers are worthless, zonas qb was worse than craig m

Posted by: dusty bottoms | February 20, 2013 at 06:20 PM

So was Hartlines QB for three years. We see how Fitz looks with an awful QB, a lot like Hartline did! How does Hartline look with an MVP qb? Wait and see!

YG...

I think Cincy is set @ WR......but to win in that Division...I think they need a bit more physical defense....and a POWER winter time running game....I think that's were they go in the draft/FA...

LOL @ 6:20....

Ok, I'd take Fitz for sure. But Wallace ain't no $1 no way no how, and nobody, ain't nobody going to pay him likeVjax or Fitz.

#1

I don't see how Wallace in Cincy makes sense.....

Posted by: Kris | February 20, 2013 at 06:12 PM

He won't make sense in Cinci, he'll be making MILLIONS!

Seriously, considering the Owner, what they've recently invested in WR's and where they are in terms of contention, I don't think they make a big effort to sign Wallace or Jennings.

Stranger things have happened, but I don't see it. I would think Cinci goes after Defensive help first.

Jason Taylor Wanted A Qb!! That Brady Quinn Was The Only Qb That Draft!! Of Course He Wanted Brady Quinn!!

S.Bailey Will Have To Run A 4.3 Just To Be A 3rd Rounder! T.Austin Needs To Run A 4.3 In Order For The Fins To Be Looking At Him In The Draft!!

Out Of The 2 WVU WR's! I Would Pick The Bigger Midget Over The Littler Midget!

T.Austin With Bess In The Slot! With Wallace And Patterson On The Outside!!

Screw A TE!!

T-Hill! L.Miller! And 4 WR's! With A O-Line(Franchise Jake!)

T-Hill Better Put Up Or Shut Up!! Then On To Devlin!! My Boy!!

cincy spends money on nobody. no chance he goes there but could easily see browns throwing the bank at him

Odin....

I agree....see 6:24...

This Dashe is more annoying than odie on one of his inebriated temper tantrums - nothing but billowing nonsense.

Lol!! Anybody that doesn't think Wallace isn't going to end up getting at least 60 million for 5 years is just plain dumb. He is going to get that with at least 28 million guaranteed.

Some straight talking here, the dolphins may not have sufficient money to sign one FA. Lets do the math gents:
Wallace 12 mil
Starks 8 mil
Hartline 6 mil
Draft picks 7 mil
Acorns for Jeff 6 mil ( he loves some flex for summer releases), and gents is about 39 mil from possibly 44 mil in cap without our own FA and any more outside FAs. Im sorry I have to break it to dreamers. They MUST CUT PATTERSON, MARSHAL AND CARPENTER for some extra 11.5 mil in flex.. racional comments anyone

bobbyd,

Just plain dumb is you having your tailgate parties for a 1-15 team!

agree bobby he will get that, will prob never see the end of it ,cut before it ends, but he will get a deal like that

agree on cutting patteson,marhshall, carp no doubt about it

flipper was at that tailgating party until he realized we were better then a 1-15 team LOL! its easy to flip and flop opinions when you have no self respect LOL!

If we do sign Wallace or Jennings and do not resign Hartline, What would our WR's look like. Wallace, Bess and a Rookie. How much better do you think we would be from last year.

not a lot, they need hartline plus another good wr or sign 2 good wrs and let hartline go

Odin,

On Clemons.

To Me/Ireland ;)

Clemons Is A Priority! At About $3.5 Or Average Safety Salary! Yes, Ireland Should Low Ball Him! Top Of The Line Safety's(Byrd & Goldson) Will Be About $6-7 Mil!! Which I Wouldn't Go After! If We Can Sign Clemons At The Right Price! For The Next 2-3 Years! Then Sign R.Jones To A Long Term Deal Next Year! It Will Give The Fins The Best Duo! They Have Had In A While! With Some Cap Flexibility! (Not Wasting All Your Money On 1 Position!)

Plus, Safety's Need Chemistry! They Work Best In Tandem! Safety's Tell The CB's What To Do!! Not Vice Versa!!

And Signing Clemons At The Right Price! Makes CB The Top Priority For The Secondary! And Not FS!!

Allowing The Fins To Maybe Draft 2 Cb's In The Draft!!

First 4 Picks! 2 Wr's! 2 Cb's!

1- Wr (CP)
2- CB (X.Rhodes)
2- Wr (T.Austin)
3- CB (BPA)

Oh, And Resign Long! Franchise Him If You Want To!

Much better add Rishard Mathews to that list and 2 te and we are talking

Jennings/Wallace, Bess, Patterson , Mathews , Bailey , That's a pretty sound group

Indianapolis sukkks Big dikkk. Only City that energizes me in the USA is NYC.

NUMBERS DONT LIE. You just have to learn to read them idiot. LOL....

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | February 20, 2013 at 06:22 PM
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What do you know, YG got this one right.

What says YOU COCKroach Bu-oy?

Cut Patterson(Cordarelle), right now!

Jennings/Wallace, Bess, Hartline, Patterson , Bailey, Mathews,..........that's more likely

Another negative on getting Wallace is the pace of the game. Philbin wants a fast paced game 70 plus plays a game. On down field incompletions of 30 to 40 yards it shaves a few more seconds off the clock in getting back to the line giving the opposing D a breather or chance for a substitutaion. Wallace only makes sense if you go down field very often and that is not the WCO. A lot more plays for the intermediate route WR's. useing Wallace to draw double coverage IMO is not worth 12 Mil

What about Newark oscar

Odin....
I agree....see 6:24...

Posted by: Kris | February 20, 2013 at 06:30 PM

Yep.......I posted that before I read you @ 6:24.

Great minds indeed think alike!

Odindouche, Please purchase a Ticket to Switzerland where they have Goverment assitted Suicide.
I'll even buy it for you.

Everyone is forgetting Robert Woods from USC

I see a great draft coming there is a lot of talent this year

Acorns for Jeff 6 mil ( he loves some flex for summer releases), and gents is about 39 mil from possibly 44 mil in cap without our own FA and any more outside FAs. Im sorry I have to break it to dreamers. They MUST CUT PATTERSON, MARSHAL AND CARPENTER for some extra 11.5 mil in flex.. racional comments anyone

Posted by: tony | February 20, 2013 at 06:33 PM
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The draft pick money does count against the cap, but it's already been deducted and accounted for.

At least thats what I've read.

It is true that #s don't lie as long as they are reported correctly from the Combine(making sure, you know)(there's lots of $ involved in this). But one test they have not designed yet is, is this Guy a Football Player or not? Only Football People know that for sure. Whatever GM selected Ted Ginn was not a Football Man.

HoHo!, Marc.

Odindouche, Please purchase a Ticket to Switzerland where they have Goverment assitted Suicide.
I'll even buy it for you.

Posted by: Coalition To BanIreland And Odin. | February 20, 2013 at 06:56 PM
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OMG! This again. Here we are(everyone except you)talking football and you're going stink up the place with your ANCIENT juvenile Car-Rap!

Just invest in some knee pads, save out enough for a blast of Meth and be on your grimey way.........COCKroach.

Ted ginn jr. Did win some games for us but outside of that a total bust , that was a terrible pick

Why don't NJ girls get picked up? Well, you can safely say that NJ is the outhouse of the NorthEastern United States.

Can't we all get along

btw, who drafted Ted Ginn?

That's not true Oscar although there are some bad places here like Camden Trenton Newark jersey city Patterson linden it's like gangland in those spots

Mueller drafted ginn

Dashi's Perfect Offseason

Clemons & Starks $10 Mil
Jake $13 (Franchise)
Jennings $6 Mil

$29 Mil Guaranteed! Spend Another $10M On Some Veteran Acorns! (1 OG, 1 TE, 1 RB)

Draft 2 WR's! And 2 CB's!! With The Top 4 Picks!

Draft M.Lattimore With The 2nd Pick Of The 3rd Round! Or The 2nd Marsha Pick!

The "Holes Left" On Defense(DE)! Or Depth(OT,LB, FS)! Fix Them In 2014! When Dansby and Burnett will Get Replaced! And Or Jake!! With The $20 Mil In Cap Room Next Year!!

But The Most Important Questions!! Our Pass Offense (Wr's!) And Pass Defense(CB's) Need To Be Answered This OffSeason!! With Some Urgency!!

COCKroach + Crystal Meth = Gaytarded Blog Hit Troll.

(PS: Tell everybody how hot you are for Armando)

(PS: Don't be shy......We Know ;)

See, Marc, so that you see that I'm Fair. Florida is the outhouse of all the SouthEastern United States.

Odindouche, I hear your taking new drugs.
Tell us about your "HOTTIE" coming over tonight, Is it the Police Chiefs daughter or some Stank you picked up off a truck stop?
Please Regale us with your B.S

Oh, Marc, Mueller drafted Ted Ginn Jr AND traded Wes Welker to NE. Who hired Mueller? See, we are getting to the bottom of this.

As A Matter Of Fact! Forget Austin!

R.Woods And C.Patterson! With Jennings And D.Bess As The Veteran Wr's! And Matthews As The #5 Or Acorn Wr!

Like O/P Said Philbin Wants To Run 70-75 Plays A Game!! Who Gets Back Faster To The Line? Wr Or TE?

Running Short Routes(With The Speed To Go Long)! The Last Thing Anybody Wants To Do Is Go Against A Team That Can Consistently Go 4 Wide!! And The QB And RB Can Run!!

Nightmare Offense!! The Opposite Of Sporano!!

Robert Woods plays in a very strange O QBacked by his brother. Besides, he is damaged goods, Dashi.

See, the more info you acquire about a certain Topic, the more you can discern from it.

How good is Wallace without Ben? Do we pay $12 million to find out?

Loollll, plain dumb is a pussieee like you using multiple names while shoveling 3ft of snow wishing u had enough money to attend just ONE Dolphin game, if ur wife would let u

Spot on Dashi with your comment below.
But The Most Important Questions!! Our Pass Offense (Wr's!) And Pass Defense(CB's) Need To Be Answered This OffSeason!! With Some Urgency!!

The inconsistency of our secondary last year will not do. Some one in the calibre of Carlos Rogers would definitely make us a top D. We were pretty decent in stopping the run and we need to concentrate on being a secondary force OC need to plan for.

I've been screaming Patterson before Kiper's mock draft had us taking him at 12.I'm glad to see that someone agree's.

Odindouche, I hear your taking new drugs.
Tell us about your "HOTTIE" coming over tonight, Is it the Police Chiefs daughter or some Stank you picked up off a truck stop?
Please Regale us with your B.S

Posted by: Coalition To Ban Ireland And Odin. | February 20, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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Yeah, blah, blah, blah......we've all heard your ignorant bullshyt over and OVER. Nobody wants you here, you get that(LOL)?

PS: I hope you wear condoms on each and every finger when you type. You reek of communicable disease.

PSS: For the good of the **REAL** posters here, I will indulge you no longer.

Adios FagTard!!!!

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