The Miami Dolphins will sign Albert Wilson to a three-year, $24 million contract. The speedy 25-year old receiver will be asked to fill the void left by Jarvis Landry, who was traded to the Cleveland Browns on Friday in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2019.
Wilson who ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL combine has great straight-line speed and can be productive at all three levels of the field from the slot. In his four seasons in Kansas City, Wilson posted 124 receptions for 1,544 yards and 7 touchdowns.
While his numbers are relatively pedestrian, the allure of Wilson is his versatility.
Miami has vowed to find players who have position flexibility and Wilson provides just that. During his final season at Georgia State, the Port St. Lucie High School grad rushed for 251 yards on yards on 24 carries. Adding a player who can make plays as a slot receiver or at the “F” position, as well as in the backfield adds another dimension to the Dolphins’ offense. Wilson will also be relied upon to contribute in the return game.
With the signing of Wilson, the Dolphins will now have a receiver on the field at the same time as Kenyan Drake who they can hand the ball off to, in an effort to manage Drake’s workload. While Tyreek Hill was the wide receiver who took his fair share of handoffs with the Chiefs, but Wilson occasionally lined up in the backfield as well.
Miami would be wise to continue finding a way to give Wilson and Grant carries on zone plays and toss sweeps.
Players like Antonio Callaway and Nyheim Hines should’ve certainly been on the Dolphins radar heading into April’s draft, but the signing of Wilson should quell some of Miami’s concerns at the slot position.