Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer readers’ questions.
Why: Is There Any Crap About Christian Wilkins Extensions? His draft class is about to blow up the DT market – it would be a good idea to lock him up before he starts signing deals by him, Jeffrey Simmons, Dexter Lawrence, Quinn Williams, Ed Oliver… , john kroons on twitter
A: Such is nonsense, and in early March around the time of the Scouting Coalition, a league source told the Sun Sentinel that a multi-year extension for Christian Wilkins would prevent him from exercising the fifth-year option until the May 2 deadline. The first is a goal.
Such a deal could make Wilkins one of the NFL’s 10 highest-paid defensive tackles.
Wilkins may actually set the market for other defensive tackles from the 2019 draft more than he mentions, perhaps outside of Tennessee Titans’ Jeffrey Simmons, who was a Pro Bowl selection last year, a distinction Wilkins has yet to make. remains to be achieved.
Quinnon Williams, Ed Oliver and Dexter Lawrence have been solid but not as consistently impressive as Wilkins, although Williams, the No. 3 pick in that draft for the New York Jets, provided the most in terms of pass rushes with his 15½ sacks. Is. In three seasons, 13 in the last two years. With the Bills, Oliver, who was also taken ahead of Wilkins, has been a liability in the run defence. Lawrence, with the Giants, hasn’t lived up to his billing as a top run-stopper.
Wilkins is coming off a third NFL season, where he is tied for the league lead among defensive linemen. His 89 tackles tied Pittsburgh’s Cameron Hayward for the last season, the highest points for any down linesman since 2013. Ten of those tackles were lost to Wilkins.
Asked about the possibility of Wilkins opting for a fifth year, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said: “Last year he had a year off.” “I would say most likely, but we’ll make that decision when we get to that.”
Wilkins, starting every game, also lifted his pass crowd in 2021 with a career-high 4½ sacks, including 13 quarterback hits, four pass deflections, a forced fumble and fumble recovery — oh, and Sure, a touchdown reception with an epic celebration that followed.
If Miami cannot get an extension before the May 2 deadline to exercise the fifth year option, it will likely exercise the fifth year option, guaranteeing the former Clemson standout $10,069,000 in 2023, a figure which is based on his playing time. Average salary of the last three years and third through 20th highest-paid defensive tackle.
A multi-year deal for Wilkins, which is set to make $2.6 million in 2022, will likely earn him an annual salary in the range of $10-13 million. The fifth-year option, which is only available for first-round picks, gives the Dolphins an additional season to deal with, but a multi-year extension would be more cap friendly.
The Dolphins, of course, have had several other maneuvers to prioritize this off-season before Wilkins comes around. He left Tyrone Armstead, traded for receiver Tyrek Hill and left behind Raheem Mostart and Chase Edmonds in free agency between outside acquisitions. Miami gave cornerback Xavian Howard the extension they wanted, re-signing defensive end Emmanuel Ogba and placing the franchise tag on tight end Mike Gesicki, among moves made to keep the top returning players within the organization.
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