Mike Wallace wound up with the Vikings this offseason, but that union could have theoretically happened two years ago when he was a free agent. Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports asked the wide receiver if he was close to signing with Minnesota at that time rather than the Dolphins.
“Honestly, I liked the team, but I pretty much was going to Miami,” the veteran said.
Now, Wallace says he’s thrilled to be with the Vikings and he says that he “loves” coach Mike Zimmer. Here’s more from around the NFL..
- If Junior Galette misses time, the Saints have in-house options to turn to, as Mike Triplett of ESPN.com writes. New Orleans already loaded up this offseason on more outside linebacker depth than usual, including free agent Anthony Spencer and rookie sack machine Hau’oli Kikaha out of Washington. Still, he writes, the Saints’ best option is to get Galette back healthy.
- If Acho can pressure quarterbacks like he can recite Shakespeare, the Bears might have themselves a valuable signing, CSNChicago.com’s Chris Boden writes. Acho, regarded as one of the smartest players in football, was without a team until three weeks into free agency when coach John Fox came calling.
- UDFA running back Corey Grant is turning heads in camp with the Jaguars and Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union sounds convinced that he’ll make the roster.
- The Browns added former Titans executive Lake Dawson to their personnel department, a source familiar with the situation tells Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal. The Titans parted ways with Dawson in January after he spent eight seasons with them. He joined the franchise in 2007 as director of pro personnel and ascended to vice president of football operations in 2011. The Browns had an opening in their front office after parting ways with player personnel associate Jon Sandusky.