$5 million guaranteed on his $7 million base salary in 2023 is what has kept Wilson on the Dolphins roster thus far. Miami probably would have cut him months ago if he didn’t have guaranteed money or a lighter image.
The Dolphins signed Wilson to a three-year, $22.05 million contract days before the Tyreek Hill trade came to fruition. With Hill and Jaylen Waddle seeing most of the targets, Wilson ended up as the odd man out. The 27-year-old had 12 catches for 136 yards and a score in 15 games last season. He averaged 15.4 offensive snaps per contest, according to Next Generation Stats.
“When statistics [aren’t] there you just feel like you’re not playing football,” Wilson said. “If I play, the numbers will match.”
The Dolphins brought in slot receiver Braxton Berrios and speedster Robbie Chosen (Anderson) to compete for the No. 1 receiver role. Miami wouldn’t have made these moves if it had been sure Wilson was the guy this season.
But all the veteran can do is put his head down and keep working to improve those 2022 stats.
“I’m not sure what they’re talking about, the agent and [front office]” Wilson said of the trade talks. “But for me, I just told them, ‘Let me know whatever happens after that. I’m at work, so don’t bother with this every day.'”