Then-Steelers pending free agent Mike Wallace was the talk of the league. He was expected to top the Steelers' alleged 5-year, $50 million deal with the club when he hit the legal tampering period, and would cash in substantially when he formally signed his new contract.
The Dolphins landed Wallace, and, two years later, was reportedly facing release, if they couldn't find a trade partner.
Perhaps it was planted as motivation for Wallace, who's failed to live up to any of the offers he was given between 2012-14.
The Dolphins don't believe in repeating the same mistake twice. They would have had to make a mistake in order for that theory to be confirmed. It's being reported Sunday they're on the verge of signing Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a ridiculous $60 million guaranteed contract, a 6-year deal with a total value of $114 million.
That's twice what they gave Wallace in terms of guarantees, and nearly double what they gave him in total value.
It's likely no other two free agents combined will get what Suh is apparently getting from Miami, a team that will beef up its defensive line considerably after allowing just over 23 points a game in 2014. Their offense is viewed as more of the issue in South Beach, but they will have two of the biggest contracts in the NFL - one on either side of the ball.
Suh is getting quarterback money, and, as one of the best defensive players of the game, it makes logical sense for him to be paid on the same level as one. Houston's J.J. Watt received just over $50 million in guarantees over a $100 million contract.
Suh is no J.J. Watt.
It should be interesting to see how this goes down in Miami.