DAVIE, Fla. — The Mike Wallace experiment was a bust for the Miami Dolphins. They paid him more than $20 million over two years, and the return on that investment was an unhappy receiver who clashed with coaches and struggled to click with his quarterback during two 8-8 seasons.
So maybe it’s no surprise newcomer Kenny Stills, dislikes being described as Wallace’s replacement.
“I don’t think I was brought in to replace anybody,” Stills said after arriving at the Dolphins complex Saturday. “Mike’s a great player, and I’ve looked up to things that he has done. I’m just here to help the team win in any way that I can.”
With a pair of trades Friday, the Dolphins acquired Stills from the New Orleans Saints and sent Wallace to the Vikings. Stills is only 22 and wasn’t even part of New Orleans’ starting unit for most of last season, but he nonetheless made 63 receptions for 931 yards and three touchdowns.
“A talented, young, athletic, fast, consistent receiver,” Miami general manager Dennis Hickey said.
By swapping receivers, the Dolphins created much-needed cap space. Wallace is due to make $9.9 million this year, while Stills will get $585,000.
Stills said he was surprised to be traded but embraced the change, in part because he likes the Dolphins’ direction after a busy first week of free agency.
“It’s a really exciting time here, bringing in Jordan Cameron, Ndamukong Suh and myself,” he said. “Everything that has been going on around here, it’s really exciting for everyone. You can tell that they’re looking forward to winning a lot of games and trying to bring a championship here.”
Dallas claims White off waivers: Released by the New Orleans Saints on Friday, defensive back Corey White was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys.
White’s release created around $1.5 million in cap space for the Saints.
White predominately served as a cornerback during his time in New Orleans, but shifted to safety late last season. He appeared in 15 games during the 2014 season and finished with 53 tackles and two interceptions.
SOURCE: B ush agrees to contract with 49ers: A person with knowledge of the agreement has told The Associated Press that free agent running back Reggie Bush has reached a deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday and didn’t provide details. Bush visited the team Wednesday and could be seen touring outside Levi’s Stadium with new San Francisco coach Jim Tomsula.
Jennings let go after Wallace trade: The Minnesota Vikings have released wide receiver Greg Jennings, who would have counted $11 million against their salary cap this season.
The move was made Saturday, roughly 18 hours after Minnesota’s trade for wide receiver Mike Wallace was finalized with Miami.
Over two years with the Vikings, Jennings totaled 1,546 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. He led them last season with 742 yards and six touchdowns.
Source: Parker TO GET 5-year, $30M deal: The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back versatile defensive back Ron Parker on a five-year, $30 million contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs have not announced the deal.