Contracts that are holding the Miami Dolphins back

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Cedrick Wilson, Jr. has one of the worst contracts for the Miami Dolphins this year given the fact his production was so down last year.

Signed as a free agent in 2022, Wilson was paid $5.7 million and didn’t come close to providing production from the WR spot. This year, the Dolphins will pay him $8 million and releasing him would save only $1 million in cap space while eating $7 million.

Miami could have used some of that money on Trent Sherfield who overplayed his one-year deal. Miami could have used that money on a linebacker or an offensive guard. Instead, Mike McDaniel has to get Wilson more involved in an offense stacked with talent at WR and that may not be easy to do.

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Wilson’s value, however, may come on special teams. Wilson didn’t do horribly at returning kicks last year and if he can become the full-time punt and kick returner, Miami may be able to get more value out of the contract.

While these three contracts are not conducive to release, the Dolphins’ biggest issues may be with finding money to increase their cap availability. Miami could restructure some of the contracts but there will still be moves that need to be made. Entering the March window to free agency, has Miami $12.5 million above the cap so moves have to be made.