The Miami Dolphins are reportedly “open to” moving out one of the highest-paid players on their offensive unit.
That player is wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr., according to a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Last year, the Dolphins handed him a three-year contract worth $22.05 million following a career year with the Dallas Cowboys:
“The Dolphins could trade Wilson this offseason to reduce his cap hit from $8 million to $2 million or $1 million, depending on the timing of the trade. They’re open to that, but they’re also OK with having him on the team, according to an involved source. But cutting him wouldn’t make sense; $5 million of his $7 million salary is guaranteed, and his cap hit would drop only from $8 million to $6 million if he’s cut after June 1, and to $7 million if cut before.”
Despite having to share reps with wide receivers Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and tight end Dalton Schultz (he also had a career year in 2021), Wilson Jr. tuned in a superb stat line of 45 receptions for 602 yards and six touchdowns.
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But Wilson Jr. was nowhere close to repeating that success in 2022, recording only 12 receptions for 136 yards and zero touchdowns. Tua Tagovailoa mostly relied on the star duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, who each crossed 1,000 receiving yards in 2022.
Miami did lose standout tight end Mike Gesicki in free agency, as he signed a one-year pact with the New England Patriots. So if Miami keeps him on the roster, the opportunity is there for Wilson Jr. to step up as the team’s No. 3 pass-catcher.
For his career, Wilson Jr. has 79 receptions for 973 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-foot-2 wideout was selected in the sixth round (208th overall) by the Cowboys back in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Dolphins’ general manager Chris Grier has already made one big offseason move, landing All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Los Angeles Rams. Will he soon trade away Wilson Jr.? We’ll just have to wait and see.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.