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Dolphins have edge on Wallace

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Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com. He has covered the NFL for the past 18 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

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The weather — and a whole lot of money — have given the Miami Dolphins an early edge in the free-agent bidding for Mike Wallace.

A source told FOXSports.com that the Dolphins are the "lead dog" to land Wallace when the signing period officially opens at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday.

The top wide receiver in the free-agent market after four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wallace was expected to draw offers from multiple teams that would average between $11 million and $12 million a season. But the steamy climate where the Dolphins are based could be the tiebreaker as Wallace mulls where to play.

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"He prefers warm weather," the source said.

Wallace would be the speed threat that Miami's offense has lacked. Wallace has a 17.2-yard average per catch despite Pittsburgh shifting to a short passing offense in 2012.

The Dolphins already bolstered their wide receiver position earlier this week when re-signing Brian Hartline to a five-year contract extension. Miami still has ample room to sign Wallace as well.

NFL teams are now allowed to have contact with agents who represent players in the upcoming free-agent class. However, the league has said no contracts can be verbally agreed upon before the signing period begins.
 

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