Vikings release WR Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace was released by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, just one year after the team traded for the veteran wide receiver. The Vikings hoped Wallace would be a deep threat for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but he managed just 39 catches for 473 yards and 2 touchdowns – the worst statistical season of his 7-year NFL career.

Last month, head coach Mike Zimmer said he would like to see Wallace return to the Vikings in 2016. Wallace would have counted $11.5 million against the salary cap in 2016. 

The decision to cut ties with Wallace increases the Vikings’ need to reinforce the wide receiver position this offseason, through the draft or free agency.