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REPORT: Vikings To Talk About A Mike Wallace Pay Cut In Indianapolis

Gathered together in Indianapolis, the 2016 rookie class of wide receivers have proven themselves to be historically slow when it comes to the forty yard dash. Our Minnesota Vikings, conversly, are reportedly using the NFL Scouting Combine as a chance to bring back one of the NFL’s fastest wide outs at a lesser price tag.

Bleacher Report‘s Jason Cole reports that the Vikings and Mike Wallace will discuss a pay cut in Indianapolis this week. Cole claims the source of this information comes from within the Minnesota Vikings organization.

Cole says that the meeting is scheduled to include Wallace’s agent, Bus Cook.

The news that the Vikings would like to keep Wallace should not come as a huge surprise, as the team has gone out of their way this offseason to praise Wallace for his unselfish ways and his leadership abilities this offseason.

The fact that they want to see his cap number decrease should also not be a surprise, however, as Wallace is set to cost the Vikings $11.5 million against the cap in each of the next two seasons under his current contract. According to Spotrac, the team could cut Wallace with no cap penalties, which many fans considered an inevitability given his 39 catch season as a Viking in 2015.

Just a few short weeks ago, rumors were floating around that the Vikings would indeed part ways with Wallace, and that could still end up being the case if the team and agent can’t compromise on value. At about that same time, VT‘s own Sam Neumann stated the case for keeping Mike Wallace around for at least one more season.

It appears that Mike Wallace departing Minnesota this offseason is not a certainty and the fact that the two sides are talking is an indicator that there may be a deal there to work out.

At the very least, it may be an indicator that Rick Spielman is not impressed with the wide outs he’s watching go through drills this week.

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  1. I (sadly) think we keep him… but it will be on a reduced salary if we do.
    – I think Spielman is a VERY big fan of Wallace (wanted to lure him here when we had ponder, and was willing to pay more than what Miami offered). I think Spielman is to stuppern to accecpt that he should cut wallace loose and look else for talent that better work with Teddy.

  2. I disagree that Wallace should be cut. He does add some talent and value. He helped develop Antonio Brown into a great receiver and he can do the same with Stefon Diggs and Charles Johnson.

    Teddy does not have the vertical arm talent that Big Ben has, but that doesn’t mean the Vikings should completely give up on the long ball.

    I have no problem holding onto the speed and chemistry we have at the WR position and drafting a lengthy receiver with a freakish catch radius at some point in the draft.

    1. i’d bet a better O-line can help teddy and our passing game quite a bit, and wallace’s new deal would probably be structured so the vikes could easily cut him if need be

    2. I think we should cut Wallace and use the money on a big great free agent G like osemele.

    3. just because Brown developed while Wallace was there, doesn’t mean it was his contribution.
      Wallace is a speed guy, and not much else. Didn’t show great hands last year and is not really know for winning contested catches.. I don’t think Bridgewaters skill set matchets Wallace skill set and anything above 5 mill is to much for a guy, who even with a good season next year, won’t reach 1000 yards.

      1. Spot on Malte, Wallace’ skill set is not a perfect match with Teddy, but Teddy is still developing and so is Diggs… having Wallace in the huddle has value that I can’t put a price on. And until we find someone better, I’m willing to give it another year to see if Teddy can improve as a deep ball thrower.

        1. Putting a receiver on the field who can’t get open is a bigger detriment to Teddy and Diggs than any value he can bring to the huddle, which I think you’re way over-estimating.

  3. If stories are correct that Wallace was a complete professional during the season, then bringing him back on a reduced salary with the proviso of some performance bonuses would be great. I never thought he truly bought into the team during the preseason, so if he reduces his contract then it’s because he wants to be here. A motivated Wallace would allow the team to focus on a stronger, taller receiver early in the draft. That would bring a dynamic to the offence missing since Sidney Rice in 2009.

  4. it has seemed like teddy doesn’t like wallace much. last year, teddy changed the subject of a question about wallace to one of heaping praise on rudolph. if wallace would just try harder and catch the ball, that could change, but he’s gotta take a pay cut. it’ll be worth it to get a ring

  5. Sieve offensive line, and one dimensional running back are certainly are factors in Wallace’s numbers. Turning this line into a team strength is key to the super bowl. Given the praise heaped him by Zimmer I hope Mike works something out the Vikings. He never seemed to quit. I like that.

  6. Bridgewater is a good game manager and accurate on the short routes, but if he is to continue to get better and take next step he needs to prove he can stretch the field to some degree. So, the question is do I believe a rookie WR who is slower would push Teddy in a more positive way than Wallace?