Mike Wallace

The Minnesota Vikings were hell bent on signing a receiver this offseason and, as you know, they eventually ended up overpaying Greg Jennings. Their first target was Mike Wallace, though.

Not surprisingly, Wallace wanted nothing to do with the Vikings. Unlike Jennings, he actually took less money so he wouldn’t have to play for that stain of an organization.

“The [Vikings] had come to the point where they were telling him, ‘You don’t have to live here, just be here during the season,’ ” Wallace’s father, Mike Jr., said by phone this week. “He wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather.”

Wouldn’t being there during the season require living in that dump at least part time, geniuses?

Good pitch. You should have thrown in a lifetime supply of Hormel Chili. Maybe that would have closed the deal.

Wallace ended up signing with Miami for around $12 million per season. The Vikings then turned to Jennings and gave him about $10 million per season.

So if you’re keeping track, here’s the Vikings’ offseason track record.

  1. Second-best player on the team demands and gets a trade
  2. Vikings try to throw more money at top free agent receiver than anyone else, but he won’t take it
  3. Vikings give lesser receiver $2 million more per season than anyone else was offering

As usual, the Vikings set the standard for success.