Wide receiver Mike Wallace didn’t just care about the money when he signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the Miami Dolphins.
“In free agency, with so many great guys, when you get the prize deal, it’s always a good feeling,” Wallace told USA TODAY Sports after Wednesday’s minicamp practice. “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.”
According to Wallace’s father, Mike Walalce III, Wallace turned down a $76 million offer from the Minnesota Vikings, who later signed Greg Jennings for five-years, $45 million.
“I know this: He’s going to give Miami their money’s worth,” Wallace’s father said. “Dolphins fans are going to love him. He worked hard and deserved everything he got. So don’t call him selfish.”
The 26-year-old Wallace said he signed with Miami for the chance to win a Super Bowl.
“I performed so well for so long, I just wanted to be well compensated,” he said. “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.”
According to USA Today Sports, Wallace used his newfound wealth, which includes $30 million guaranteed, to help out his family. He bought his mom, Sanjia, a new home in Houston, and his dad received a new Cadillac SUV. His three sisters received new cars. And Reggie, his older brother, gets Mike’s Range Rover.