The Miami Dolphins added the top name in free agency this offseason, signing wide receiver Mike Wallace to a 5-year, $60 million contract. The deal gives Wallace $27 million in guaranteed money, as well as a chance to play in a warm weather city. Apparently, that warm weather part was particularly important in sealing the deal with Wallace.
Wallace's father, Mike Wallace, Jr., told The Miami Herald that the Vikings actually offered more money to his son, but Wallace III had no interest in moving from cold-weather Pittsburgh to cold-weather Minneapolis.
"The [Vikings] had come to the point where they were telling him, ‘You don't have to live here, just be here during the season,' " Mike Jr., told the Herald's Adam H. Beasley. "He wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather."
Meanwhile, the Dolphins were expecting to get into a bidding war with the Vikings, with the price climbing into the $13 million per season range. However, the Miami climate gave the Dolphins a bonus.
"[Miami] feels like home," the wide receiver said on Thursday. "I'm just excited for a new start. On to the next chapter."
Check out Beasley's story on Wallace's journey from a near fatal accident as a toddler through his years as an asthmatic teenager running around New Orleans, to college, Pittsburgh, and now Miami.