The Minnesota Vikings swung for the fences when it came to Mike Wallace.
But sometimes you don’t hit every pitch out of the yard.
The Vikings were known to be pursuing the free-agent wide receiver but it didn’t come down to just money. Wallace’s father Mike Wallace III tells Jim Corbett of USA Today that his son turned down a $76 million offer from the Vikings.
Wallace went to the Miami Dolphins in a $60 million, five-year contract that included $30 million guaranteed. So, it wasn’t all about the money for Wallace.
“In free agency, with so many great guys, when you get the prize deal, it's always a good feeling,'' Wallace told Corbett. “I just wanted to be happy. Money isn't everything. A lot of people last year, when I held out in Pittsburgh, took it the wrong way, felt like I was just being greedy.
“I performed so well for so long, I just wanted to be well compensated. I feel I got a bad rep. Free agency paid off for me. But it was bittersweet. The money is not all I'm in it for. I want to be a great player — win Super Bowls, go to Pro Bowls continuously.''
Now, it’s difficult to compare a $76 million offer from the Vikings to the one Wallace received from the Dolphins because the true story is in the fine details. But it shows that Minnesota really wanted Wallace. Eventually, the Vikings landed Greg Jennings. If he can perform like he did in Green Bay, he might just give the team better bang for the buck. The Vikings landed Jennings for $45 million over five years with $17.8 million guaranteed.
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