Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson has officially opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Wilson becomes the second Dolphin and WR in as many days to forgo Miami’s season.
Wilson Releases Social Media Statement
“Not an easy decision to make…..I’ve decided to opt out this 2020 season. It was very tough choice but since the day I started playing the game it’s always been Faith Family Football,” Wilson wrote on social media. “Because of this crazy time I choose to put my family in the best situation I see fit. I will stand by my teammates & brothers to support them 100% throughout this season and will be counting the days until I can join them again. 1 love.”
Wilson will join Allen Hurns as the only two current Dolphins to opt out of the season, but more could surface prior to tomorrow’s NFL opt out deadline at 4 p.m.
Flores Supports Wilson, Issues Statement
Head coach Brian Flores issued a statement following Wilson’s decision like he did yesterday for Hurns’.
“I support Albert’s decision. I know he made it with his family in mind,” Flores said. “I want the best for Albert, as I do all of our players.”
Door Opens For Depth Chart Receivers
Miami is now down two WRs opening the door for players such as Isaiah Ford and Jakeem Grant to see a significant boost in playing time. According to ourlads.com, Ford is next in line to be the team’s slot receiver, but it is not confirmed if he will have the No. 3 starting job or just appear in aid to the slot.
Wilson’s Restructured Contract Can Carry to 2021
Wilson restructured his three-year contract in the offseason to remain on the roster after his first two seasons were filled with injury woes. While he will not be able to compete in this deciding year, Fansided reported that Wilson’s contract will be rolled over to next year. This means, if Miami chooses to do so, it can keep him on the roster and make 2021 his final year of his deal. The only problem is, with so many opportunities to other WRs in 2020, Wilson is likely to lose his spot and get cut.
Wilson carried a $2.1 million dollar base salary and $5.1 million dollar cap hit, but with the NFL’s opt out rule that money will now go back to Miami for this season.
The Dolphins are expected to sign a free agent WR (multiple sources) and the options laid out by FPC Dolphins yesterday can be found here.