Twitter mailbag: Will Mike Wallace return to Dolphins?


The Miami Dolphins enter the offseason following another disappointing 8-8 finish.

Plenty of Dolphins fans have questions. So let’s take a look into the Twitter mailbag.

@JamesWalkerNFL: There is some controversy surrounding what happened in Week 17 between Mike Wallace and the Dolphins on the sideline before halftime. But I expect that to eventually blow over and for cooler heads to prevail. Wallace is due $9.9 million next season, and the Dolphins are guaranteed to pay Wallace $3 million regardless of what happens. I have a hard time seeing Miami cutting a player of Wallace's caliber and letting him walk out the door with a $3 million check. The Dolphins simply don't have enough dynamic players to allow that to happen. They are a much better offense with Wallace than without Wallace. Of course, it's possible Miami can search for a trade to see if a team is willing to take on Wallace's high salary. If there's a potential contender who thinks it needs one more receiver to get over the hump, that route would be possible. But in the end, it seems more likely that the Dolphins and Wallace work things out in 2015.

Walker: It's not my job to make a case for Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. This year's track record speaks for itself. Miami's defense was very good in the first half of the season and awful in the final six games when it needed to make a push for the playoffs. But Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is very loyal to his coaching staff. He had to be forced by ownership to fire former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman a year ago. Everyone knew that move was for the betterment of the team, but Philbin remained reluctant. If Philbin isn't "encouraged" by ownership to fire Coyle, there might not be a change this offseason.

Walker: I expect it to be just a matter of time before Dannell Ellerbe is gone. He is due $8.45 million, which is way too high. Ellerbe is coming off a season-ending injury and wasn't a game-changing player for Miami when healthy. I don't see how Ellerbe returns unless he takes a significant pay cut. Philip Wheeler is due a relatively modest $3 million salary. But he has become such a liability in the run (missed tackles) and passing game (bad coverage) that I expect Miami's defense to move in another direction. The Dolphins are due for a major makeover at linebacker.

If you have questions about the Dolphins, feel free to send them my way via @JamesWalkerNFL..

If you have questions about the Dolphins, feel free to send them my way via @JamesWalkerNFL.