2018 NFL free agents: Miami Dolphins to sign WR Albert Wilson

Albert Wilson will join the Dolphins as their new slot receiver. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins have reached an agreement with former Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson, a source confirmed, and he comes aboard as Jarvis Landry’s apparent replacement. NFL Network reported the deal is worth $24 million over three years.

Wilson, 25, is a former Port St. Lucie High School quarterback who played out of the slot for Kansas City the last four seasons and put up a career year in 2017. He 42 catches for 554 yards and three touchdowns.

That’s about half the damage Landry did last season with a league-high 112 catches, 987 yards and three touchdowns, but Wilson comes at about half the price. Landry, who is being traded to Cleveland, is set to play for almost $16 million on the franchise tag this season.

Nonetheless, this is a monumental contract for Wilson after making roughly $3.3 million over his first four years.

Wilson, 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, became a favorite in the Chiefs organization after making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2014, the same year Landry was a second-round pick.

After an incredible run as Port St. Lucie’s quarterback from 2007 through ’10, he had an outstanding career at Georgia State. As a senior, he piled up 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns, which earned him the first invitation to the NFL Combine in the program’s history.

Pro Football Focus ranked him the 33rd-best receiver in the league last season. The Chiefs raved about how he progressed in four years, but seemed resigned to losing him in free agency.

“Albert has done a great job,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said at the NFL Combine. “He has worked hard in the offseason, got his weight down.

“You saw that last game in Denver, he kind of took off. He is a very tough player. He does everything from the slot to the outside, he can block, and he can return if you need him to. He is a very valuable commodity for us and certainly has done a lot for us the last few years.”

In the Chiefs’ regular-season finale against the Broncos, Wilson had 147 yards on 10 catches, both career-highs.

Any free agent agreements are unofficial during the league’s legal tampering period, which ends Wednesday at 4 p.m. At that point, players are free to sign. That’s also when many of the reported cuts and trades will be finalized.

The Dolphins’ current options at slot receiver are Jakeem Grant, Leonte Carroo and Rashawn Scott, as well as some practice squad players they’ve been trying to develop. Wilson is easily the most proven player of the group.

Grant is the biggest threat to Wilson out of that group after showing encouraging signs late last season. He had 42 yards and a touchdown in the Monday Night win over New England and a career-high 107 yards and a touchdown against Kansas City in December.

Wilson joins incumbent starters Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, both of whom play mainly on the outside. Stills had 58 catchehs for 847 yards and six touchdowns last season, and Parker struggled through injuries to catch 57 passes for 670 yards and a touchdown.

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