The Miami Dolphins are planning to sign wide receiver Albert Wilson at the start of free agency.
The deal will be worth 4 years and $32 million, according to NFL Network.
The Dolphins need to add receivers in the wake of the trade agreement to send Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns, and Wilson can do some Landry-like things.
Let’s all learn a few things about Albert Wilson together:
- Wilson grew up in Port St. Lucie, spring training home of the New York Mets. Wilson played quarterback and cornerback for the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguars. In an interview with chiefs.com last September, Wilson said if he could live anywhere in the world it would be Florida.
- Wilson played at Georgia State University and was the first player from that school invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Wilson, a member of Georgia State’s second-ever recruiting class, set records in receiving, touchdowns, and kickoff and punt returns. As a freshman, Wilson scored a 97-yard kickoff return against Alabama. The Kansas City Chiefs signed Wilson as an undrafted free agent.
- Wilson is small, as in 5-feet-9. But he’s really, really fast (he has covered 40 yards in 4.43 seconds) and is strong for his size. Wilson has compared himself to former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. During the draft process, Wilson said it would be good to go to a team such as the Denver Broncos, because they utilized Wes Welker and the quick-passing game. Wilson once said former Miami Hurricane Devin Hester was his favorite player. Wilson’s quickness and versatility will give coach Adam Gase myriad options in 2018.
- Wilson was dubbed the Chiefs’ “Energizer Bunny” by former offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, according to the Kansas City Star. In one article, Nagy raved about Wilson’s blocking, route running and comfort with Kansas City’s schemes. Nagy said that Wilson “knows what he is doing” which will certainly please Gase. Nagy added that Wilson has excellent hands and plays fast.
- Wilson survived a difficult upbringing. According to a Kansas City Star article in 2014, Wilson’s parents spent time in Florida prisons and thus his childhood was spent in group homes and foster homes. In the eighth grade alone, he attended five different schools. According to the article, Wilson found stability in a foster home with Rose and Brian Bailey. He reportedly also later lived with distant cousins Sherri and Robert Brown, who became his foster parents. According to an article on TCPalm, the Albert Wilson Foundation was created to provide scholarships to area foster children who wish to attend college out of state. Wilson has also held youth skills camps, which includes foster care children.