Miami Dolphins will need to address WR again this year…maybe

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Erik Ezukanma Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Erik Ezukanma Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports /

The best unit on the Miami Dolphins last season was the wide receiver unit but even as good as they were, the Dolphins will need to look at the FA market.

For Mike McDaniel and his offense, WR shouldn’t be a big concern. The Dolphins are not going to drop a ton of coin on the position in free agency and they are very likely not to address the position during the draft given their draft picks.

That being said, the position still needs to be addressed and there are a couple of reasons why.

First, two players are impending free agents.

  • Trent Sherfield
  • River Cracraft

Both players, especially Sherfield, contributed to the Dolphins’ offense last year and both were consistent when called upon. Miami would be smart to re-sign both of these receivers before they hit the market where they would likely become third and fourth-tier free agents.

Another reason is that the Dolphins have decisions to make at the position as well. Cedrick Wilson, Jr. is being paid very well but was outshined by Sherfield on the field. His value came late in the season on special teams but that isn’t where he should be earning his $8 million.

Chris Grier made a mistake adding Wilson last year, not because of his play but more for the contract that the Dolphins gave him. Miami has no easy out here and would eat $7 million if they released him.

Another question mark is Erik Ezukanma. Miami knows what they potentially have in him but honestly, his lack of ability to get on the field last year is troubling. He has the tools but something didn’t click. Miami won’t replace him but they can’t 100% rely upon him enough to not go into free agency with a plan at the position.

Miami’s core receivers will all be back in 2023. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Beyond those two, Miami will have to make decisions.

Wilson and Ezukanma are the only other two receivers under contract and Braylon Sanders is on a futures deal. The Dolphins will need players for camp and for the season but it remains to be seen outside of Hill and Waddle what the plan is completely.

WR is a position we will need to keep an eye on. It isn’t going to be a big splash but Miami could make some nice ripples in the water when the market opens in March.