Mike Wallace continuing to take potshots at the Vikings?
Mike Wallace on Wednesday proved he isn’t quite yet finished badmouthing his previous employer, the Minnesota Vikings, who released him earlier this month.
A day after the wide received signed a two-year, $11.5 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, something he commemorated by taking a potshot at Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Wallace issued a curious comment about his affinity for his new team’s uniform colors.
Mike Wallace, former Steeler, on being a Raven now "I used to hate purple, now I love purple". Dude.. you were a VIKING LAST YEAR
— trey wingo (@wingoz) March 16, 2016
Wallace appears to be saying that his distaste for purple from his days with the Steelers may have carried over to wearing the same color with the Vikings during a disappointing season in which he totaled 39 receptions, 473 yards and two touchdowns.
Either that or he completely forgot that the Vikings, you know, where purple.
During his initial comments as a member of the Ravens organization, Wallace attempted to attribute his sub-par numbers last season by insinuating that Bridgewater isn’t a “good quarterback.”
“When this process started, I knew that I wasn’t going back to Minnesota,” he said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I was like, ‘I need a good quarterback. I need a quarterback who I know is proven and can get things done.”
He also assured any doubters that he still has all the tools needed to be a top-tier deep threat in the NFL by saying, “I’ve been taking a lot of heat. We’ll see about that. I promise, I’ll get the last laugh.”
Whether or not Wallace can make good on that promise remains to be seen, as his numbers were on a downward trajetory long before he joined the Vikings last season, as illustrated in a column from the Star Tribune’s Jim Souhan:
Ben Roethlisberger helped make Wallace a star in Pittsburgh. In Wallace’s second and third seasons in the NFL, he built the reputation that would make him big money. In 2010 he caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns for 21.0 yards per catch. Those are impressive numbers. He hasn’t matched them since.
In 2011 he was productive, with 72 catches for 1,193 yards, but his yards per catch fell to 16.6. He has not surpassed 1,000 yards since. His yards per catch has fallen from 21.0 to 16.6, 13.1, 12.7, up slightly to 12.9 and, in his one season with the Vikings, down to 12.1.
All that aside, at least Wallace’s comments about hating purple were worthy of a chuckle.