Is this the easiest weight-related bonus in NFL history? If Mike Wallace can’t make this number, there may be bigger problems for his NFL career than just receiving the extra money involved.
The former Ole Miss star is set to collect a $585,000 bonus from the Philadelphia Eagles if he weighs in at less than 250 pounds on Monday, April 16, according to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates.
For a speedy wide receiver listed at 6-foot and 200 pounds, that should be about as easy as it gets.
Assuming Wallace makes weight, it seems like an easy way to get the relationship with his new team off on the right foot. The former Rebels standout signed a free-agent deal with the defending Super Bowl champions this offseason after spending the last two seasons catching passes from Joe Flacco on the Baltimore Ravens.
Wallace signed a one-year, $4 million deal with Philadelphia after leading the Ravens in receiving with 748 yards in 2017. Only $910,000 of the contract is a base salary, though, according to a contract breakdown from Spotrac. Wallace received a $1 million signing bonus and can make more than $2 million in incentive bonuses, including the weight bonus due on Monday. If the rest of his bonuses are this achievable, Wallace is seemingly in pretty good shape to receive all $4 million on the contract.
Wallace, 31, is entering his 10th NFL season after being selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has compiled 8,072 yards and 57 touchdowns on 538 career receptions for the Steelers, Ravens, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins. The numbers pretty impressive for a guy who was believed by some NFL talent evaluators to primarily be a deep-threat only.
At 15.0 yards per catch over the last decade, Wallace has shown he does have that burner speed. But he’s more than that to NFL teams, and appears primed to play a role on the Eagles’ attempt to repeat.
Wallace averaged 20.1 yards per catch during his final season at Ole Miss, hauling in 39 passes for 784 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2008.