The 2013 NFL offseason has started with a bang for the Miami Dolphins as they landed their prize free agent target wide receiver Mike Wallace in the opening minutes of Tuesday’s Free Agent spending spree. Wallace had been linked to Miami all winter long as a possible target and they came together on an agreement as soon as the 4 P.M. Eastern deadline passed.
The deal is reportedly in the 5 year 60-65 million dollar range with somewhere around 30 million guaranteed. Wallace will be 27 when the 2013 season begins and has scored 32 TD’s in his four seasons.
The Dolphins were not done however as they soon landed MLB Dannell Ellerbe from the Super Bowl Champion Ravens with a contract of 5 years/35 million dollars. To make room for the 27 year old Ellerbe, the Dolphins released Karlos Dansby, getting younger at the position at close to the same cost.
MDD Staff Writer: Chad Pullen
Ellerbe was considered the Ravens best defensive player towards the end of the season and the Ravens had made it a priority to try and retain him but could not match the offer Miami offered him.
Miami had hoped that they could pair Wallace with seam threat TE Jared Cook and were in heavy negotiations with him, however he decided to sign with the coach that draft him in Jeff Fisher of St. Louis.
Miami still has options at TE either through free agency or via the draft, but the need grew bigger as Anthony Fasano signed a 4 year 16 million dollar contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Later Tuesday, Miami announced yet another signing and yet another surprise, as they add 28 year old OLB Philip Wheeler by signing him to a 5 year 26 million dollar deal with 13 million guaranteed. Miami suddenly upgraded the linebacker position by getting younger without having used a draft pick. No word as of yet if Wheeler will replace Kevin Burnett or Koa Misi as a starter, it’s possible that Burnett could meet the same fate as Dansby in the coming days.
The Dolphins have made an early big splash, but there is still a lot of holes to fill, notably at corner, offensive tackle, and tight end. With the draft still over a month away, some of these needs can still be filled via free agency or trades, we will update as each move occurs.