No other player is under the microscope this off-season than Christian Wilkins for the Miami Dolphins.
Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle
Between February 20 and March 5, the team will have the ability to place a franchise tag on one player, essentially giving him a one-year fully guaranteed contract that pays him as a top-five player at his position.
If they cannot sign defensive tackle Christian Wilkins to a long-term contract by the close of the open period, they must place the franchise tag on Wilkins and pay him the average of the top-five defensive tackles in the league. Re-signing the run-stuffing and pass-rushing monster is a priority for the Miami Dolphins.
Connor Williams, Center
Williams was signed by Miami in March 2022 and performed admirably as the starting center. The former guard made the transition to center and anchored the Dolphins' offensive line and built continuity with Tua Tagovailoa.
Unfortunately for Williams, he has been injury prone. In the 2023 season, Williams dealt with a nagging groin injury that kept him sidelined for four games. Against Tennessee on a Monday night game in December, Williams tore his ACL for the second time in his career. He will bounce back as rehab is going well and he will return to being one of the top centers in the NFL.
The Dolphins should look towards resigning Williams, but at a cap-friendly number based on his injuries. He is a priority to resign, but it must be done at the right price.