Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey has 'good conversation' with Mike Wallace

With a $9.9 million cap number next season and frustrations about his role last season, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace 's future with the team is murky, with a trade being one potential option.

Speaking Wednesday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey offered little update to Wallace's situation.

"Obviously, through our process, we're looking at each individual situation, with all of our players," Hickey said. "Obviously, in the salary-cap era, you always have challenging decisions that you have to make each year and so we're going through that process.

"Again, we're further along in the process than we were a month ago as we talked at the Senior Bowl. But we're still working on it. We judge each decision, each player on an individual basis. The goal is to make the best decision for the Miami Dolphins."

The Miami Herald reported earlier this month that Hickey recently met with Wallace about the receiver's future.

"We had a good conversation," Hickey said Wednesday. "Again, we have an open line of communication. We always feel like we have an open door for all of our players -- whether it be from the coaching staff, myself, always keeping that open line of communication."

Hickey was also asked about Wallace's reported frustrations with his role last season.

"For all of us, as the season unfolded and late in the year, we were all frustrated about how the season ended," Hickey said. "That's what we're focused on now: addressing, confronting the reality of where we're at, and how do we get to where we want to be.

"That's what we spent the last five or six weeks looking at hard and talking through and working together in a collaborative fashion to try to work through that, because the goal is to be better."