EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Friday announced they have traded for Mike Wallace, acquiring the receiver from the Dolphins for undisclosed compensation.
The speedster has spent the past two seasons in Miami after playing his first four in Pittsburgh, which drafted him in the third round in the 2009 NFL Draft.
View images of new Vikings WR Mike Wallace from his days in Pittsburgh and Miami.
Deep threats can often be just that, but Wallace has shown considerable consistent production, catching at least 60 passes in each of the past five seasons for at least 836 yards each year.
Wallace led the NFL with a per-catch average of 19.4 yards as a rookie, catching 39 passes for 756 yards with six touchdowns in starting four of the 16 games he played.
The next season, Wallace was elevated to the starting lineup and had a career-high 1,257 yards on 60 catches (21.0 yards per catch) with 10 touchdowns. Wallace made his first Pro Bowl after the 2011 season in which he caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. He followed with another 64 receptions for 836 yards and eight more scores before hitting the free agency market.
The Dolphins signed Wallace in 2013, causing quite a splash in the media. He followed with a career-best 73 receptions for 930 yards with five touchdowns that season. This past year, Wallace had 67 catches for 862 yards and 10 receiving TDs, including five for 58 with two scores against Minnesota last December.