Moves the Miami Dolphins haven’t made on their roster, good or bad
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins’ first move should be an extension for Christian Wilkins and frankly, it should have already been done.
Wilkins is the cheerleader of the roster, for both sides of the ball. His love of football is evident from his never-ending smile and exuberance but it is matched only by his play on the field.
Last season, Wilkins led the team and the NFL in tackles from a defensive tackle. His game has improved each of the last four seasons and in 2023, he will be playing on the 5th year option that will pay him a guaranteed $10 million.
Miami could opt to not re-sign him. They still can use the Franchise Tag next year if they so choose. This year that tag was worth $18.9 million and the Dolphins are not likely going to want to pay that.
Their best bet is to extend him to a long-term deal. By doing so, they could reduce this year’s cap number by 50% clearing $5 million, and likely more.
Wilkins is the type of player that is as close to a sure bet as you can have. He isn’t a player that is going to elevate his game because he is in a contract season.
Miami should view Wilkins as the starting point to clear more roster space and lock down the future at the same time.