The Miami Dolphins and six-year wide receiver Albert Wilson agreed Tuesday morning to renegotiate the final year of his three-year contract.
Wilson signed a three-year, $24 million dollar deal with Miami after playing four seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wilson Owed Big Money For Little Playing Time
He hasn’t played a full season for the Dolphins yet due to injuries and his $9.4 million dollar paycheck owed this season made him in danger of being cut.
New Deal Saves Wilson From Potential Cut
But now, both sides have restructured the final year of his deal to a one-year contract worth up to $3 million dollars. Only $1 million dollars is guaranteed, but the fine-detail incentives would allow Wilson to make more money. The incentives have not yet been made public, but some are rumored to be health-related.
This move saves Miami between $5-6 million dollars in the 2020 salary cap. While the deal makes Wilson become a free agent after 2020, it also gives him the opportunity to prove his worth in a contract season instead of testing the open market.
Injuries Have Plagued Wilson’s Needed Production
Wilson was expected to help replace the big hole left in the Jarvis Landry trade that sent him to the Cleveland Browns. Things have not panned out quite as expected, as durability questions continue to come into play.
He played just seven games during the 2018 season after landing on injured reserve with a hip injury. Wilson was also feared to land back on IR again last season after complications from the 2018 injury lingered. But, Miami severely limited his playing time in practices and games that allowed him to remain on the active roster.
Despite the limitations, Wilson grabbed a career-high 43 receptions for 351 yards and one touchdown.
Wilson could be the No. 2 receiver for the Dolphins heading into 2020 behind DeVante Parker. He will be in a position battle with WRs Preston Williams, Allen Hurns, Isaiah Ford and Jakeem Grant, along with other 55-man roster hopefuls.
Kayla Morton contributed to this article.