Much of the Miami Dolphins talk this offseason has focused on wide receiver Mike Wallace. The top wide receiver for the Dolphins pulled himself out of the first half of the team's finale against the New York Jets, then was benched for the entire second half. Since that incident, the discussion has focused on whether or not the Dolphins could afford to keep a player who, at least from appearances, quit on his teammates.
Wallace just completed the second year of a five-year, $60 million contract. It is a deal that appears to be untradable, but the Dolphins are looking to see if there is any deal available. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Miami is actively searching for a partner to make a deal. Rapoport describes the trade as needed not just because of the salary cap implications of his contract, but also from how Wallace fits in the Miami locker room.
After the incident against the Jets, NFL Network reporter, and former Dolphins beat writer, Jeff Darlington tweeted, "Many Dolphins teammates were very displeased with Wallace’s actions today. Several tell me they felt like he abandoned them when needed."
If no one is willing to bite on a trade deal, the Dolphins will either have to find a way to make Wallace work with the team, or release the wide out. Wallace would save the team $2.5 million against the salary cap this season, a number that can be increased to $6.9 million if the team is willing to spread the dead money he would represent by designating Wallace a June 1 cut.