Vikings trade for receiver Mike Wallace

The Vikings traded for receiver Mike Wallace in exchange for a draft pick.

The Vikings have acquired wide receiver Mike Wallace in a trade with the Miami Dolphins.

In exchange for the receiver, the Vikings are sending a fifth-round pick Miami’s way and receiving a seventh-round pick in return, according to ESPN.

In six seasons, four with the Pittsburgh Steelers and his last two with the Miami Dolphins, Wallace has missed only one game. He became a full-time starter in 2010, his second year in the league, and immediately produced a 1,257-yard receiving campaign along with 10 touchdowns. He followed that up with 1,193 yards in 2011, his last 1,000-yard season.

Over the last three years, he has produced 836 yards (2012, his last year with the Steelers), 930 yards (2013) and 862 yards (2014), but his time in Miami was spent with developing quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The Vikings were interested in Wallace when he was a free agent in 2013, but he ultimately chose the Dolphins’ offer.

Wallace has base salaries of $9.85 million in 2015, $11.45 million in 2016 and $11.45 million in 2017. He has $3 million of his 2015 salary guaranteed, but after trading for him that’s hardly an issue.

His production and salary create an interesting decision for the Vikings. Greg Jennings is their most experienced and by far their most expensive receiver. Jennings is scheduled to make $8.9 million in base salary in 2015 and carries an $11 million cap charge. The Vikings would still be on the salary-cap hook for $6 million if they cut him.

Although Wallace’s raw yardage didn’t crack 900 yards last year, he was eighth in the league for “wide receiver rating” at 114.0, according to Pro Football Focus. That is the measure of a quarterback’s rating while throwing to a specific receiver.

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