Dolphins make huge splash, spend $100M on Wallace, Ellerbe
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
|Wide receiver Mike Wallace, seen here in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform, signed with the Miami Dolphins Tuesday for $65 million over five years. (REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)
The Dolphins made the biggest splash as NFL free agency kicked off Tuesday at 4 p.m. EDT.
Miami, a club that has been ridiculed in recent years for missing their targeted man more often than Jack McGee on that old Incredible Hulk TV show, finally sealed the deal -- twice.
Not even one minute after the market opened, word came that the Dolphins had agreed to terms with the top free-agent wide receiver -- Mike Wallace, formerly of Pittsburgh.
Not even two hours later came word that the Dolphins also had signed the top free-agent linebacker -- Dannell Ellerbe, formerly of Baltimore.
Combined, those two signings amounted to $100 million -- chump change for billionaire owner Stephen Ross.
The Dolphins also re-signed starting safety Chris Clemons.
About one-quarter of the NFL’s players -- 524 -- became free agents as the new league year began.