OWINGS MILLS – Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace swears that Sunday’s game against the Dolphins isn’t a grudge match for him. Even though the Dolphins traded him after just two seasons (2013-14)? Even though Wallace was a target for criticism in Miami after signing a five-year, $60 million contract?
“I have no regrets,” Wallace insisted. “They gave me a lot of money in two years. I have no regrets, nothing against those guys. It is all love on my end. My life is a lot better because of those guys, so I have no regrets or grudges against them whatsoever.”
Wallace’s last game with the Dolphins ended in acrimony, when he was benched after a sideline spat with former coach Joe Philbin. Some in the Dolphins’ organization suggested that Wallace refused to re-enter the game. Wallace has steadfastly denied that.
“Like I said and I will say 1,000 times, I never quit on my team,” Wallace said. “That was not the case. I know there was a lot being said about that, but that never happened. That would never happen. I would never do that.
“It was just a frustrating incident where you wanted to do well and you wanted the team to do well, and it was not going that way.”
Things have gone very well for Wallace with the Ravens. He leads the team in receiving yards (792) and yards per catch (15.5), and is second on the team with 51 catches, one behind tight end Dennis Pitta.
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After his two seasons with the Dolphins, where he had 140 catches and 15 touchdowns, Wallace’s career hit rock bottom with the Vikings last season, when he caught just 39 passes for 473 yards.
However, Wallace’s game has come alive again with the Ravens. So instead of dwelling on the past when he faces the Dolphins, Wallace says he is choosing to move forward.
“This is a big game, a really big game,” Wallace said. “I think both teams are going to have it on their mind. I know I will.”