Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald mentions that “several” players on the Dolphins have wondered why the team has shown so much interest in some of the top receivers in this year’s NFL draft.
According to Jackson, the’ players’ “suspicion is that the Dolphins want to replace Mike Wallace in a year or so.”
Jackson adds that “several” players believe the coaching staff “aren’t big fans of Wallace.”
Miami has already used some of their 30 pre-draft visits on a few of the top receivers in this year’s draft class.
Odell Beckham (LSU), Marqise Lee (USC), Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Martavis Bryant (Clemson) and Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State) are some of the receivers who have met with the Dolphins up to this point.
It’s worth mentioning that Dolphins new GM Dennis Hickey didn’t sign Wallace to his five-year, $60 million contract, and could be open to parting ways with him in 2015 when they would receive a positive cap impact.
Wallace, 27, will make $15 million for the 2014 season, but his base salary will drop to $9.85 million in 2015. By then, the Dolphins could release him and free up $2.5 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.
In his first year in Miami, Wallace caught 73 passes for 930 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has Wallace rated as the No. 66 receiver in the league last year.