Mike Wallace is the name on the lips of most every Dolphins fans (and for good reason).
But general manger Jeff Ireland doesn’t have a one-track mind when it comes to free agent wide receivers.
Over the weekend, the Dolphins also had contact with representatives of Rams receiver Brandon Gibson, one of the up-and-coming players at his position, The Miami Herald has learned.
The talks are said to be serious. It is unclear how -- if at all -- a contract offer would affect the Dolphins’ pursuit of Mike Wallace, who is expected to command a multiyear contract paying $12 million a year when free agency opens Tuesday.
Gibson wouldn’t come cheap either. The former sixth-round pick out of Washington State set career highs in receiving yards (691) and touchdowns (5) on 51 catches last year.
While he isn’t a burner like Wallace, Gibson has a knack for getting open, and had just five drops in 75 passes thrown his way last year. Some believe that Gibson could earn a contract comparable to the one given to Brian Hartline last week (five years, $31 million).
The Dolphins are also said to have interest in the Patriots’ Wes Welker, who began his career in Miami.
Teams cannot formally extend contract offers to other teams’ free agents until Tuesday at 4 p.m., but are allowed to have communication with their agents.