Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey has a big decision to make on WR Mike Wallace, one of the most expensive offensive weapons on the team.
Miami Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey was hesitant to suggest that WR Mike Wallace would be back with the team in 2015, saying that the team would evaluate his status.
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“We look at all those things with our players,” Hickey said in an interview with via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “Again, it was a disappointing finish, there’s no sugarcoating that. You have to look at the season in totality. We evaluate players on a daily basis. Every practice, every meeting, all those things. We are constantly looking at players and that’s what goes into looking at players in totality as we make decisions.”
Hickey spoke glowingly of QB Ryan Tannehill, who finished with his first 4,000 yard passing season and the first by a Dolphins QB since Dan Marino in 1994. Tannehill is in line for a contract extension but the team must first elect to exercise its 5th-year option on him during the offseason. But the discussion about disgruntled WR Mike Wallace was much less pleasant.
Wallace took himself out of the Week 17 game against the New York Jets after being held without a catch in the first quarter and seeing a teammate catch a TD pass instead of him. It wasn’t even the first time he had voluntarily taken himself out of a game either – he has apparently done the same against the New England Patriots two weeks prior.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was unsure when asked last week if Wallace would be back with the team, as was newly-appointed Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum.
Wallace’s contract will result in a $12.1 million cap hit in 2015 – a hefty sum for any player, let alone one who has yet to record 1,000 receiving yards with the team since the Dolphins signed him to a 5-year, $60 million contract in 2013. The Dolphins’ only hope to relieve themselves of the on- and off-the-field burdens of Wallace might be to cut him, but the deal would have to be very good to get a team to swallow that big a cap hit on their own.