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Vikings' Mike Wallace Believes He's the Fastest in the NFL

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace believes that he is the fastest player in the NFL.

Wallace, who was acquired by the Vikings this offseason, said that his personal best in the 40-yard dash is 4.21 seconds.

"Without a doubt, I'm the fastest player in the NFL," Wallace told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. "If somebody feels foggy about that, we can [race]. I'm never going to back down from competition.''

"I've run a lot of routes and I've got a lot of miles on my legs, but I still feel that there's nobody who can run with me,'' Wallace added. "I might have slowed down a little but I could still run 4.25.''

The best recorded time in the 40-yard dash belongs to Chris Johnson, who ran it in 4.24 in 2008.

Wallace, 28, wore out his welcome in Miami after an inability to consistently connect with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tensions reached a head when the receiver reportedly quit on the team during the Week 17 loss to the New York Jets.

Minnesota opens up the season in Tennessee against the Titans on Sept. 3.

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Vikings Acquire Mike Wallace From Dolphins

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(MINNEAPOLIS, Mn.) -- The Miami Dolphins have found a way to rid themselves of wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Two seasons after signing Wallace to a $60 million contract, the Dolphins have traded the speedster and a seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick.

The Vikings were one of Wallace's top pursuers when he hit the market in 2013 after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Minnesota will now install Wallace into a passing attack that includes Greg Jennings and Charles Johnson. 

Wallace, 28, wore out his welcome in Miami after an inability to consistently connect with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and tensions reached a head when the receiver reportedly quit on the team during the Week 17 loss to the New York Jets.

Last season, Wallace hauled in 67 passes for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Dolphins' Mike Wallace Disgruntled After Just One Game

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- After one game into the 2013 regular season, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace already seems unhappy with how things are going.

"I don't feel like talking," Wallace told reporters after the game.

Wallace signed a five-year $60 million deal with the Dolphins during the offseason, and was expected to make a large impact in the team's offense, but he wasn't able to on Sunday.

In his Dolphins debut, Wallace caught just one pass for 15 yards, hardly what he and the team were hoping for when he was brought in during the offseason.

When asked about the team's game plan against the Browns, Wallace responded with: "I don't feel like talking about it. Ask Coach."

While Wallace fizzled in his debut, wide receiver Brian Hartline caught nine passes for 114 yards while Bradon Gibson caught seven passes for 77 yards.

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Steelers Match Patriots' Offer, Keep WR Sanders 

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Emmanuel Sanders will call Pittsburgh home for at least one more season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers matched the New England Patriots' one-year $2.5 million offer sheet to Sanders, the team announced Sunday.

The Steelers had until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday night to match the offer or risk losing the 26-year-old Sanders to a conference rival.  If they were to let Sanders sign with New England, they would have received a third-round compensatory pick in this year's NFL draft.

Sanders caught a career-high 44 passes in 2012 and will look to increase that production while replacing the departed Mike Wallace in the starting lineup.  He will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season.

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Dolphins Sign CB Grimes To One-Year Deal 

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  The Miami Dolphins have signed cornerback Brent Grimes to a one-year contract worth $5.5 million, according to league sources.

Grimes played in only one game in 2012 with the Atlanta Falcons.  He sat out the majorty of the year because of an Achilles injury suffered in the season opener.

The 29-year-old Grimes made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and was considered to be one of the top free agents left on the market.

He is the latest signing in what has been a busy offseason for the Dolphins, who have also signed notable free agents Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe, among others.

Grimes has 13 career interceptions in his six NFL seasons. 

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Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe Joining Dolphins

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The 27-year-old Ellerbe had 92 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles for the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens last season.

Ellerbe joins receiver Mike Wallace and linebacker Philip Wheeler as the third big free agent signing the Dolphins made on Day 1 of free agency.

The Ravens have now lost three major players from its Super Bowl winning team. Besides losing Ellerbe, Baltimore lost linebacker Paul Kruger to the Cleveland Browns and traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the 49er's.

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Report: WR Mike Wallace Agrees To Contract With Miami Dolphins

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Miami Dolphins and free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace have agreed to a five-year deal worth $65 million, according to ESPN.

The 26-year-old Wallace was originally drafted out of Mississippi by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.  Wallace had 235 receptions for 4,042 yards and 32 touchdowns in four seasons with the Steelers.

The former Pro Bowler appeared in Super Bowl XLV, where Pittsburgh lost to the Green Bay Packers, 31-25. He finished the game with nine receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown.

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Steelers' Mike Wallace Reports to Camp

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Holdout Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace reported to the team facility on Tuesday morning. Wallace is a restricted free agent and still has not signed his one-year contract tender worth approximately $2.7 million.

Wallace will not be able to practice with his teammates until next week but expects to be ready for their first regular season game against the Broncos.

"I'm not worried about it at all because I have good teammates and they'll get me ready going against the defense," Wallace said on Tuesday. "I've been working out; I've been doing really good conditioning, so that's not really going to be a problem."

Wallace pulled in 72 receptions for 1,193 yards with eight touchdowns in 2011 but did not receive any offers from other teams during the spring and had held out until Tuesday.

"It's about how much work Mike's put on his own with the playbook," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said of his biggest concern about his go-to wideout.  "I know he's been working out physically but mentally has he been working out and we'll see when he can get in meetings and get out there."

The Steelers open their 2012 season against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 9.

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Report: Steelers' Mike Wallace Set to Report to Team On Tuesday

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Steelers fans can exhale: Mike Wallace is about to end his holdout. The wide receiver is set sign his restricted free agent tender and report to Steelers practice on Tuesday, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network.

Wallace hasn't ben with the team all summer due to a contract dispute. He is still playing under his rookie contract, and based off his performance with the team over the past two seasons, he feels he's in line for a raise.

The 26-year-old Wallace will play out this season on a one-year deal with a base salary of $2.7 million. As a result, Wallace will be able to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012 season, or he could get a significant raise in salary via the franchise tag.

While the team has yet to reward Wallace with a new deal, the team signed fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown to a five-year, $42.5 contract after just two seasons in the NFL.

Last season, Wallace caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns.

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Steelers Reward Antonio Brown with Contract Extension

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to work out a new deal with wide receiver Mike Wallace, but they have taken care of their other starting receiver. The team has reached an agreement on a five-year contract worth $42.5 million with Antonio Brown, according to ESPN.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Brown had a breakout season with the Steelers in his second season in the NFL. He became the first player in NFL history with over 1,000 return yards and 1,000 receiving yards. Overall, he finished second to Wallace on the team with 69 receptions for 1,108 yards with two touchdowns.

"He has played a major role in our success the past two years," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. "And we are thrilled he will be a Steeler for many years to come."

Wallace has yet to report to Steelers training camp because of his desire for a new contract, but the team decided to take care of Brown before deciding the future of Wallace.

The Steelers drafted Brown with the 195th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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