What Mike Wallace brings to Miami

The speedy receiver will help Dolphins' offense, but a question remains

Originally Published: March 12, 2013
By Andy Benoit | Football Outsiders
Mike WallaceCharles LeClaire/US PresswireMike Wallace is a vertical threat, but did the Miami Dolphins pay too much?

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly landed Mike Wallace, the man many believe to be the prized free agent wideout of 2013. In four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the third-round pick from Mississippi established himself as one of the game's preeminent vertical threats. Despite following back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons with a disappointing 836-yard campaign last year, Wallace still procured a reported five-year, $60 million deal from the Dolphins. Will it prove to be money well spent?

When analyzing a headliner transaction like this, there's a tendency to dive too deep and lose sight of the big picture. The big picture here is: Wallace is a good player. A really good player, in fact. He's a lanky long-strider with the type of speed and acceleration that makes defensive coaches lose sleep.