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Miami Dolphins: Mike Wallace Is a Top-10 Receiver
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So far this offseason, there has been plenty of negativity surrounding the Miami Dolphins' prized free agent, Mike Wallace, up until his brilliant exhibition performance against the Houston Texans.  

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?

 

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