Mike Wallace turned down more money from Vikings because of Minnesota weather

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Wallace (upper left) preferred Miami to Minneapolis and more money. In fairness, he'll save on energy costs down there.
The Vikings made a big splash by signing free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings away from the Packers earlier this month, but it turns out that wouldn't have happened had Mike Wallace not hated Minnesota weather so much.

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Wallace, a 26-year-old wide receiver who began his career with Pittsburgh, signed a five-year, $60 million contract (with $27 million guaranteed) with the Miami Dolphins just days before the Vikings landed Jennings. Some NFL pundits thought Wallace's deal was a bit excessive, but if his dad can be believed, the Vikings offered him even more dough.

It should be noted that Wallace is asthmatic, meaning he has a legitimate reason to dislike the Minnesota cold. Still, his condition didn't prevent him from thriving in less-than-tropical conditions in Pittsburgh.

From the Miami Herald:
[W]hen cold-weather teams like the Vikings made a pitch for 2013's hot-shot free agent, they barely had a chance. It was time to go south, where he could breathe - figuratively, and a bit literally.

"The [Vikings] had come to the point where they were telling him, 'You don't have to live here, just be here during the season,'" Wallace's father, Mike Jr., said by phone this week. "He wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather."

The Vikings offered more, according to Mike Jr., but Wallace said no thanks. The Rams and Seahawks were among the teams he said also expressed interest. The feeling apparently was not mutual.
The Vikings ended up signing Jennings for less money (five years and $45 million with $18 million guaranteed) than they were apparently willing to pay Wallace.

Consider it evidence that money talks -- unless you're in Minnesota. In that case, for some players, there aren't enough greenbacks in the Minneapolis Federal Reserve to make up for the fact that temperatures hover in the teens on baseball's opening day.


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20 comments
Jeff Cagle
Jeff Cagle

I am not buying into this report. This is simply a ploy to boost his marketing ploy for endorsements around Miami. There is no way Rick Spielman would have killed cap space in order to sign one person.

Scott Barker
Scott Barker

A lot of mature adults commenting - calling names - unreal

Jim Wichert
Jim Wichert

Sounds like BS to me - more likely he realized outside of AP - the long term trend is not good for this team making noise in the playoffs - QB situation, and now sniffing hard on Manti T'eo.......FAIL!

Scott Lundberg
Scott Lundberg

It's nice to see a pro athlete considering more than just money in his decision-making process. As I understand it, proximity to family & friends was also a factor in addition to weather. (p.s. I am a Minnesotan.)

Scott Conrad
Scott Conrad

Maimi s qb is better he can actually be accurate at moe tan ten yards a crack

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

The article is not clear what the two salaries were, and if there were other contractual differences. Not to mention MN income tax vs FL no income tax. And Miami may offer him more in the way of lifestyle for a young dude with money to burn. Who knows? Give the guy a break.

Onan
Onan

"60 Minutes" was never the same after he retired.

/And I thought he died about a year ago?

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