After a controversial exit from Week 17’s game against the Jets, Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace was viewed by many as a quitter.
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Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace faces an uncertain future with the team after leaving early in a game against the New York Jets.
Wallace told reporters Monday that he wants to return after signing a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013, but he isn’t certain the team wants him around.
“I’m not the general manager or anything, or the head coach,” Wallace said, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I’m not sure.”
Wallace left in the first quarter shortly after teammate Brandon Gibson caught a TD pass against the Jets. Following Wallace’s exit, the Dolphins would be outscored 37-17 to lose 37-24.
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was noncommittal about the future of his top pass-catcher, saying on Monday, “Nothing has changed right now. I haven’t spent one second thinking about 2015 yet.”
Wallace had his best season in Miami under Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor, recording 67 catches for 862 yards with 10 touchdowns. He went out of his way, though, to voice displeasure with the scheme after calling out Mike Sherman’s attack the previous season.
The Miami Herald points out that releasing Wallace would count $5.2 million against the cap next season and $6.9 million in 2016, while saving the Dolphins roughly $7 million.