Miami Dolphins Land Mike Wallace
In the sweepstakes for wide receiver Mike Wallace, the Miami Dolphins are the winners.
The team announced the news via Twitter with, “The ink is dry and it’s official. Please welcome @Wallace17_daKid to the Miami Dolphins!”
According to ESPN, Wallace’s deal is a five-year, $60 million contract with $30 million in guarantees.
The Pro Bowl player comes from the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was drafted by the team in 2009 and in 2011, had 1,193 receiving yards with eight touchdowns. For the last two seasons, Wallace led the team with receiving touchdowns.
In 2012, Wallace’s production dropped with his 64 receptions for 836 yards. Some have attributed it to the exit of Bruce Arians and the change to offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
There was also last season’s holdout.
The player will join wide receiver Brian Hartline (in 2012, he had a career-high 74 receptions for 1,083 yards) and slot receiver Davone Bess. With his ability to get touchdowns, this will be a good thing for the Dolphins as they sat in the bottom spot for the league with three touchdown receptions in 2012.
Wallace will bring a 32-career touchdown history to the team.
The Dolphins also added Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellberbe from the first day of free agency. The player wanted to remain with the team but the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement. The Baltimore Sun reported the player has a five-year, $35 million deal.
Last season, Ellerbe was No. 2 on the team for his 89 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
To make way for the new players, the Dolphins released linebacker Karlos Dansby.
Jaguars Cut Laurent Robinson
Just one year after he signed a five-year, $32 million deal, the Jacksonville Jaguars waived wide receiver Laurent Robinson.
Ryan O’ Halloran of the Florida Times-Union tweeted the news with, “
#Jaguars have waived WR Laurent Robinson. Passed his physical so no injury settlement.”
So why get rid of him?
There’s a little concussion problem. Robinson had four in 2012 and only participated in seven games, catching 24 passes for 252 yards and zero touchdowns.
The player has disagreed with the physical green light and recently said to The Associated Press “there’s no way he could line up and play a game tomorrow.”
In 2012, Robinson had an $11.1 million payday with $14 million in guaranteed money. Had he remained with the team, he would have received an additional $2 million from a roster bonus this week.
Hence the timing of the waiver.