Grading the Miami Dolphins first day of fake free agency
By Matt Serniak
This wasn’t the Cowboy’s receiver I or anyone else was hoping the Dolphins would sign. But, it’s a decent signing that adds more than just solid depth at a position of need. Not only his last name but Cedrick Wilson’s contract is eerily similar to another guy who’s a receiver named Wilson that is, currently, on the team.
Albert Wilson’s contract back in 2018 was for three years $24M with $4m guaranteed. Cedrick is getting around $8M more for his signing bonus. But even their ascension is weirdly similar. Both guys were the third or worse option on their teams and both entered free agency wearing signs around their neck saying “I should have gotten the ball more and I was better than the guys in front of me.”
Cedrick Wilson had 45 catches for 602 yards and six TDs for a Dallas team that had a potent passing attack. I distinctly remember seeing a few games where Wilson was the main guy Dak Prescott was targeting. That game against the Raiders comes to mind.
Wilson is a good player but I feel like he is the kind of guy that can never even be your #2 receiver. He always has had studs in front of him allowing him to get the not-so-great secondary guys guarding him. I hope he isn’t merely a product of his surroundings because I highly doubt the Dolphins will have a wide-receiver room as good as the Cowboys did.
I love Jaylen Waddle. The guy is a bonafide stud but he is only one man. Unless the Dolphins go out and get an Allen Robinson or someone like that, Wilson will have Waddle and Parker ahead of him. Not exactly Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Ceedee Lamb.
But the Dolphins needed help at the receiver position and at the moment they aren’t looking to throw big money at that position. Perhaps the draft is where they’re looking to truly bolster that unit. There are plenty of guys that I think would do well in Miami and it’s very possible Mike McD thinks that as well.
Cedrick Wilson will have a place on this team. I just think it will be somewhere around the third or fourth receiver. Every team needs third and fourth receivers. The Dolphins have a good one in Cedrick Wilson.