Earlier today it was reported that Miami Dolphins receiver, Albert Wilson, agreed to a restructured contract. Wilson’s base salary was supposed to be around $10 million, now it is $3 million with an additional $1 million in incentives. The pay cut was inevitable as even Dolphin fans were saying it needed to be done if Wilson was going to stay on the team. Even though currently it seems like Wilson is not on the trade block and is very unlikely, it might be a possibility in the future, and here is why.
Pay Cut / Injuries
On the surface, the pay cut made sense, Wilson has a lingering hip issue and missed nine games of 2018 and three games in 2019 because of it. In addition to missing games when Wilson returned in 2019, he looked like a shell of his 2018 self. Miami was not going to pay $10 million to a player who could get injured early in the season and be unable to play. So if Miami was not going to pay him $10 million this year, why would any other team? Now that Wilson is cheaper, some teams such as the Buccaneers, Saints, Packers, and Vikings could contact Miami if they want to boost their receiver corps and add an explosive playmaker.
Following a Mitch Trubisky INT, Albert Wilson gets a 43-yard touchdown.pic.twitter.com/0Z5eiXn5qj
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 14, 2018
Wilson is in the final year of his deal, and if Miami does not think he will be worthy of a new one next offseason, why would you not trade him? Letting a player like Wilson walk (especially if he is not in their long term plans) would be unheard of. Look at what the Texans did with Jadevon Clowney. The Texans knew that Clowney would not resign with them so instead, they placed the franchise tag on him and traded him to Seattle for two players and 2020 third-round pick. The reason why the Texans got little compensation for Clowney is that he was franchise tagged instead of being traded during his contract year. If Wilson is not in Miami’s plans for the foreseeable future, you could see Brian Flores and Chris Grier trade him for draft compensation.
The biggest reason why Wilson may be traded is that the Dolphins receiver room is stacked. Devante Parker is coming off a monster breakout season and Preston Williams is more than likely the other outside receiver. In the slot, Miami could use guys such as Isaiah Ford or Jakeem Grant. Ford was productive once he was given an opportunity late last season and Grant’s roster spot is more than likely safe due to his return ability. In addition to those four guys, Miami also added undrafted free agent Kirk Merritt. Merritt, standing 6 feet even and weighing 215 pounds, ran a 4.33 forty yard dash in addition to a 49-inch verticle at his pro day. Aside from his measurables, Merritt put up insane numbers at Arkansas State and could be the next undrafted free agent star.
Kirk Merritt exploded for this 4⃣9⃣ yard touchdown against ULM a year ago. Just 4⃣9⃣ days to go until he’s unleashed again! 🏃♂️💥 pic.twitter.com/uv5zMSjjiZ
— Arkansas State Football (@AStateFB) July 14, 2019