Wilson announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he will opt out of the 2020 season. Wilson's decision to sit out the upcoming season comes one day after fellow wideout Allen Hurns informed the Dolphins he wouldn't play in 2020. The Dolphins are now left with a shaky group behind DeVante Parker at wide receiver, as Preston Williams is coming back from an ACL tear and nobody else among the group has ever caught more than 23 passes in a season. Isaiah Ford and Jakeem Grant should now be in the mix for a starting job, while the 28-year-old Wilson will look to rejoin the Dolphins next offseason.
Wilson agreed Tuesday with the Dolphins on a restructured contract for the 2020 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Entering the final season of the three-year, $24 million deal he inked in March 2018, Wilson likely would have been a cap casualty had he not agreed to the restructure. Under the new terms of his deal, Wilson will earn a maximum of $4 million ($3 million in base salary and up to $1 million in incentives) in what amounts to a pay cut of $5.5 million. Wilson has largely disappointed during his time in Miami, but he at least finished the 2019 season on a high note by hauling in 17 of 23 targets for 197 yards between Weeks 15 and 17.
Wilson currently projects as Miami's No. 3 receiver, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports. Wilson could end up benefiting from an offseason that saw the Dolphins revamp their roster at nearly every position besides wide receiver and tight end. The team essentially is bringing back its same group of pass catchers from 2019, including Preston Williams coming back from the ACL tear he suffered in early November. Wilson struggled to regain his form after he suffered a severe hip injury in 2018, but he did show signs of life at the end of last season with 197 receiving yards over the final three weeks. Granted, his future with the Dolphins may depend on him accepting a pay cut, as he's scheduled for a non-guaranteed $9.48 million base salary in the final season of a three-year contract.
Wilson said Monday that he hopes to remain with the Dolphins in 2020, though his non-guaranteed $9.48 million base salary could make him a candidate to get cut, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports. Wilson's 2019 debut was delayed while he worked back from a torn labrum and fractured hip suffered late in the prior season, but he was able to round into form and make an impact in the passing game down the stretch. Over the Dolphins' final four games, Wilson hauled in 18 of 25 targets for 202 yards, serving as a viable complement to No. 1 wideout Devante Parker. Given Wilson's willingness to return to Miami, it's possible he could be receptive to taking a pay cut if the Dolphins inform him they're not willing to retain him at his current rate.
Wilson caught five of eight targets for 59 yards during Sunday's 27-24 divisional win over the Patriots. Wilson concludes the 2019 campaign with 43 catches on 62 targets for 351 yards and one touchdown across 13 contests. He also carried the ball five times for 45 yards. The 27-year-old came into the year working his way back from a torn labrum and fractured hip, and setbacks in his recovery plus additional minor injuries marred his effectiveness for much of the season. He did close out the year with some momentum, exceeding 55 yards with at least five catches in each of the final three contests. He's under contract with the Dolphins through 2020 and should benefit from a healthy offseason.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/11||@San Francisco 49ers||3||16.33|
|7||10/25||Los Angeles Chargers||6||17.67|
|8||11/01||Los Angeles Rams||13||19.00|
|10||11/15||New York Jets||10||18.00|
|12||11/29||@New York Jets||10||18.00|
|14||12/13||Kansas City Chiefs||1||12.00|
|15||12/20||New England Patriots||27||28.00|
|16||12/27||@Las Vegas Raiders||7||17.67|
|3 Year Avg||53||37||432||3||22||11.68||63|