Mike Wallace's father says receiver turned down big offer from Vikings
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If Mike Wallace's father is to be believed, the free-agent receiver turned down an even bigger offer from the Minnesota Vikings than the five-year, $60 million contract he signed with the Miami Dolphins.
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,'" Wallace's father, Mike Jr., told the Miami Herald this week. "He wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather."
It always made sense the Vikings would pursue Wallace, 26, since they need a vertical threat in their offense -- and still do, even after signing Greg Jennings, who figures primarily as a flanker, not a split end.
Sources told 1500ESPN.com earlier this month the Vikings did contact Wallace shortly after the NFL's negotiating period began on March 9. But it isn't believed they made a formal offer before the Dolphins locked up Wallace less than an hour after free agency began.
The cold weather could have been a factor in part because the Vikings will spend two seasons outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium after the Metrodome is razed following this coming season.
According to the Herald, the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks were interested, too. But Miami "feels like home. I'm just excited for a new start. On to the next chapter."
In the end, whether the numbers would have been better from the Vikings may be a moot point. There is no individual state income tax in Florida, so Wallace might take home more there anyway.