Armando Salguero: Pursuit of Mike Wallace shows paradigm shift in Miami Dolphins’ free agency approach

03/10/2013 12:01 AM

09/12/2014 7:18 PM

The story is not whether the Dolphins want to sign top free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace. The answer to that is yes, a resounding yes.

Yes, yes, yes.

The story is whether the Dolphins can actually land Wallace.

Wallace is the second biggest free agent this Dolphins administration has ever chased. The biggest was last year, when Miami took a swing and missed with Peyton Manning.

And as the Dolphins haven’t always been outstanding landing the guys they want — Jeff Fisher falls in that group, too — it’s fair to wonder if they can be successful trying to land a player some people within the organization wanted so much they began talking about him last year.

A note here: If you’re thinking back to last year and say the Dolphins chased and failed to land quarterbacks Matt Flynn or Alex Smith, I reject that idea. The team placed no “must-have” priority on either of those players.

The contract offered to Flynn was only borderline starter money, suggesting Miami could take or leave him. So Flynn took the greater certainty in Seattle.

As for Smith, I’m not even sure the Dolphins offered him a contract, and if they did, it definitely was not for the $8 million per year he was seeking. So, again, the team wasn’t all in on getting Smith.

I don’t see that as a failure of any sort. Indeed, hindsight has shown Ireland was wise to steer clear of both quarterbacks.

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About Armando Salguero

Armando Salguero

@ArmandoSalguero

Armando Salguero has covered South Florida sports since 1982. He's covered the Dolphins since 1990. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector and annually votes on the Associated Press All-Pro team. He has worked nationally for ESPN and also writes general sports columns for the Miami Herald.

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