Mike Wallace turned down more money from Vikings because of Minnesota weather
|Wallace (upper left) preferred Miami to Minneapolis and more money. In fairness, he'll save on energy costs down there.|
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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 ended up signing Jennings for less money (five years and $45 million with $18 million guaranteed) than they were apparently willing to pay Wallace.
"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.
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.