The Minnesota Vikings had been having a pretty underwhelming 2015 free agency so far.
The Vikings brought in veteran quarterback Shaun Hill as a backup for Teddy Bridgewater, re-signed Matt Asiata for another year and agreed to terms with a couple of players that could have left.
That was it, until today, when it was announced that the Vikings had completed a shock trade that saw former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace swap South Beach for Minneapolis, according to ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter.
The Dolphins were desperate to get this trade done before the weekend, when they would have had to pay Wallace the $3million that he would have been owed as a bonus. The Dolphins traded earlier today for Kenny Stills, an exciting receiver from the Saints, and decided to get rid of Wallace's hefty contract.
Wallace led the Dolphins in receiving yards in 2014 with 862 and in touchdowns, where he had 10. He was second in receptions with 67. However, Wallace fell out of favor with the coaching staff following a sideline altercation in a loss to the New York Jets. Wallace was benched in the second half and questions were raised about his future with the team.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is unconcerned by those reports however, instead praising what Wallace will bring to an offense led by the promising Teddy Bridgewater, who impressed greatly as a rookie.
"We felt like there was a need that we had [at wide receiver]," Zimmer said. Norv [Turner] really liked him, and I played against him when he was in Pittsburgh and now Miami. He's so fast, and he's a quick starter - he can really get going fast."
Wallace signed a five-year, $60 million deal with Miami in 2013 after spending the first four years of his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler. It is unknown if the Vikings will try to restructure Wallace's contract sooner rather than later. However, with receiver Greg Jennings currently on the roster who will count $11million against the cap this year, some changes may well have to be made.
Wallace was a third round pick (84th overall) by the Steelers in the 2009 out of Ole Miss. His best season came in 2010 where he recorded 1,257 and 10 touchdowns with an incredible average of 21.0 yards per catch.