Miami Dolphins end Cedrick Wilson Jr. trade speculation with recent move

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All of the trade speculation over the last few months regarding Miami Dolphins wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. was for naught. Wilson has agreed to a reworked contract that will keep him in Miami and save the Dolphins approximately $3 million in cap space this season.

Wilson, 27, was selected with the No. 208 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after a successful two-season stint at Boise State University. He finished with 1,100-plus receiving yards and seven-plus touchdowns in each of his two seasons as a Bronco, with his last season with the team being 2017.

Wilson has played for two teams — the Dallas Cowboys and Dolphins — across his four seasons in the NFL.

The wide receiver had a forgettable time during his first season in Miami, the 2022 season. He finished with 136 receiving yards and averaged 11.3 yards per reception in 15 appearances during the regular season (zero starts).

Admittedly, though, Wilson didn’t get many opportunities to make plays with the Dolphins last season. He garnered just 18 pass targets on the season, the second-fewest of his pro career.

While Wilson’s 2022 season was certainly underwhelming, Dolphins fans should be optimistic about his chances of having a bounce-back season with the team in the 2023 season. After all, the 6-foot-2 wide receiver showed flashes of greatness during his three-season stint in Dallas.

Wilson’s best season of his pro career was undoubtedly the 2021 season, his third and final season as a member of the Cowboys. He racked up a career-high 602 receiving yards and averaged 13.4 yards per reception in 16 games during the regular season (four starts).

Additionally, his longest reception that season was for a whopping 73 yards.

Here’s to hoping that Wilson will put together a career year in the 2023 season. If he can replicate his production from his final season with the Cowboys, the 2021 season, then the Dolphins’ offense could become even more difficult to handle than it was a season ago.

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