NFL Trade Machine: Mike Wallace To Oakland


Dec 14, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; dMiami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver is not only set to dominate free agency as one of the richest position groups, but it seems the NFL trade market will have some high quality game too.  One name that is gaining serious steam on that avenue is Mike Wallace.  After signing a lucrative contract in 2013 that would average $12 million per year, the Miami Dolphins feel that Wallace hasn’t lived up to what he’s been paid.

In two seasons he has failed to crack 1,000 yards.  Though he was able to score 10 touchdowns in 2014, it’s not enough to warrant the $12.1 million salary cap hit he’ll bring this coming season.  Signs are already indicating the Dolphins plan to make a decision on Wallace’s future soon.  The big question is if they don’t bring him back, can they avoid cutting him by executing a trade?

It would be a hard sell with that contract but Wallace still has value.  He’s clearly good in the red zone and hasn’t lost that trademark speed that made him so coveted two years ago in free agency.  A number of teams might have interest in working out a deal.  They will be it has to be a team that has not only a draft pick but money to spare.

With those keys in mind, which team makes the most sense?

The Oakland Raiders.

Surprised?  Don’t be.  The Silver and Black are probably better armed to take on both Wallace and his bloated contract than any other team.  They have a need at the position, can spare the draft pick and have $51 million in cap space to fill.  Key to it all is the presence of Derek Carr.  The young quarterback is big, athletic and above all boasts the big arm that can take advantage of what Mike Wallace does best, which is stretch the field.

If the Raiders were seeking to revamp their receiving corps, why not start with a proven veteran who is still young and knows what it takes to win?  It can be a good NFL trade for all involved.