Waddle signed his rookie contract, which is worth $27.1 million and includes a $17.1 million signing bonus, with the Dolphins on Friday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. The 2021 sixth overall pick is now set to reunite with his college quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, on the Dolphins. Will Fuller figures to have the same type of field-stretching role Waddle will have this season but is only on a one-year deal; therefore, whatever Fuller's short-term impact may be, don't expect it to hinder Waddle too much from emerging as the team's top future playmaker for years to come.
The Dolphins selected Waddle in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, sixth overall. Waddle (5-foot-10, 180) is a uniquely explosive player and in Miami he'll reunite with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who helped make Waddle an incomparable big-play threat at Alabama. On just 133 collegiate targets Waddle produced 1,999 yards (15.0 YPT) and 17 touchdowns, and if he had run a 40-yard dash before the draft it likely would have been well below the 4.40-second mark. Will Fuller is an excellent big-play threat for Miami but he's suspended for one game and only on a one-year deal, so Waddle could make a short-term impact in addition to his very likely long-term contributions.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|3||09/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|5||10/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|11||11/21||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|13||12/05||New York Giants||9||20.38|
|15||12/19||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|16||12/27||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|18||01/09||New England Patriots||10||20.63|