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Miami is the Big Winner Day One
Posted By Mackenzie Thirkill On Mar 13 2013 @ 6:30 pm In Miami Dolphins | No Comments
Finally the Miami Dolphins are headed in the right direction! Wednesday afternoon the Dolphins announced that wide receiver Mike Wallace would be joining the team after signing a five-year contract. The deal is worth $60 million and includes $30 million in guarantees, as reported by ESPN.
Wallace commented on facing Conference rival New England Patriots “Hopefully we can compete this year. That’s why we’re in this. We’re in this to compete every year,” he said. “We expect to compete as soon as we step on the field. From Day 1, we’re going to compete with everybody and we’re going to let the chips fall where they will.”
Wallace had 1,193 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2011 and was selected to his first Pro Bowl, but his numbers fell last season, when he caught 64 passes for 836 yards and was plagued by drops. Still, Wallace led the Steelers in receiving touchdowns the past two seasons — with eight each year — after tying for the team lead with 10 in his rookie season.
Miami on Wednesday also announced the additions of linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler. Ellerbe signed a five-year deal worth $35 million, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Wheeler and Ellerbe will give the Dolphins a new tandem at linebacker, making Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett expendable. Both were released.
Dansby, a nine-year veteran, and Burnett, an eight-year veteran, started side by side every game the past two years for Miami.
Finally, the Dolphins have re-signed safety Chris Clemons to a one-year deal. Clemons made 69 tackles and 2 interceptions for Miami in 2012.
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