Mike Wallace’s contract with the Miami Dolphins is worth $60 million and includes $30 million guaranteed but according to his father he turned down a more lucrative offer, Jim Corbett of USA Today reports.
His father Mike Wallace III said his son turned down a $76 million offer from the Minnesota Vikings. “I know this: He’s going to give Miami their money’s worth,” Wallace’s father said. “Dolphins fans are going to love him. He worked hard and deserved everything he got. So don’t call him selfish.”
The younger Wallace said he chose the up-and-coming Dolphins for the chance to win a Super Bowl ring sooner.
“In free agency, with so many great guys, when you get the prize deal, it’s always a good feeling,” Wallace said. “I just wanted to be happy. Money isn’t everything. A lot of people last year, when I held out in Pittsburgh, took it the wrong way, felt like I was just being greedy.”
“I performed so well for so long, I just wanted to be well compensated,” he said. “I feel I got a bad rep. Free agency paid off for me. But it was bittersweet. The money is not all I’m in it for. I want to be a great player — win Super Bowls, go to Pro Bowls continuously.”