Minnesota Vikings release WR Mike Wallace

The Vikings announced the release of receiver Mike Wallace, who was slated to cost the team $11.5 million.

The Minnesota Vikings have released receiver Mike Wallace, saving the team $11.5 million in cap space. It was a move that has been expected for some time.

Wallace was obtained in a trade with the Miami Dolphins last year and was expected to offer the team a much-needed deep threat. He had only 39 catches for 495 yards and two touchdowns, career lows for him, in 2015.

While Wallace didn’t produce on the field, the Vikings were happy with his leadership on the field.

“We’ve talked about Mike. Mike may not have had the production that he envisioned or we envisioned when he came in, but his leadership, his work ethic, how he took some of those young guys under his wing were all A-plus,” general manager Rick Spielman said last month. “Considering him for a guy coming in the first year being a tremendous leader for us down there, and even though the production part wasn’t there, some of the stuff that he did in this building, that he has done in this building, I (attribute) a lot of our success to him. And then how he approaches his business.”

Ultimately, however, Wallace’s pay didn’t match with his production on the field and the team is moving on.

The Vikings also announced the release of backup offensive lineman Austin Wentworth.

 


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