Christian Wilkins has ended his hold-in and is ready for action as the Dolphins begin the process of preparing for their week 1 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.
While Wilkins hasn’t got the contract extension he’s looking for from the Dolphins, yet, he said “No one wants to be a Miami Dolphins more than me”. It’s an encouraging sign for Dolphins fans, but we all know that this is likely to end badly after the 2023 season.
CHRISTIAN WILKINS COULD PRICE HIMSELF OFF THE DOLPHINS
With Wilkins playing under new DC Vic Fangio, and the emphasis he puts on strong, aggressive line play, and his interior lineman getting after the QB, Christian Wilkins could be in for a big season. Last season Wilkins led the league in tackles by DI, ranked 21st in sacks and was ranked 6th overall by PFF.
The danger is with Christian Wilkins improving every season he could well be too expensive for a cap-strapped Dolphins going forward. Miami already are projected $40-million over the cap in 2024 without any Wilkins salary on the books. And they will have to extend Tua at some point in the next couple of years, and pay Jaylen Waddle.
For his part GM Chris Grier is pretending to keep it cool. “We’ve had a lot of great dialogue with him and his agent, very positive,” Grier said. “We made an offer that we thought was fair, and when you do things like that it has to work for both sides. And so there was never any ill will from each side. I enjoy his agent. We have good conversations. For right now we’re going to hold off until in my mind at the end of the season because I don’t think it’s fair to distract Christian from his goal of what he wants to achieve and for the team.”