In the game, the ex-Steeler caught a 33-yard pass that should have been a touchdown had Ryan Tannehill placed it in a better location. Wallace followed that with a nine-yard touchdown reception.
The "one-trick pony" tag was placed on the speedy receiver often after he signed a five-year contract with Miami worth $60 million. In April, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told The Finsiders that Wallace was better than football pundits were giving him credit for.
More recently, the criticism has been related to the slow-developing chemistry between Tannehill and Wallace. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald claimed the two "need to connect more in practice."
Based on average salary, Wallace's $12 million a year ranks third among all NFL receivers, trailing only Calvin Johnson ($18.813 million) and Larry Fitzgerald (15.75 million), according to spotrac.com. The truth is Wallace is only guaranteed $27 million, an average of $5.4 million a year.
Is Wallace a true top-10 receiver? I will now argue he is, using his free-agent value as a guide. This simply means I am not looking at careers but instead at each receiver's current value.
If every NFL wide receiver were a free agent, how much interest would Wallace draw? Where would that interest rank him?