For most of Albert Wilson’s career, he’s had to claw for a roster spot and outwork more experienced and higher paid players for his playing time. His three-year, $24 million contract with the Dolphins changes all of that.
Wilson arrives as a coveted slot receiver and is getting paid like one, leaving no doubt about where he stands in Miami’s plans.
“It’s definitely a blessing,” he said on a conference call this afternoon. “It’s what I’ve been wanting, for my hard work to pay off.
“It’s been a journey of pretty much having to fight from the bottom of the pile and … this time around, God gave me an opportunity where I’m pretty much in front of the pack. We’ve got a pretty good starting point, which I’ve pretty much never had in my career, and I’m excited to see what I can do with it.”
Wilson is coming off a career year in Kansas City, where he put up 42 catches, 554 yards and three touchdowns.
He made the Chiefs’ roster after going undrafted out of Georgia State in 2014, the same year the Dolphins drafted Jarvis Landry in the second round. Now he’s their answer to replace Landry after 4,000 yards in four seasons.
Before Georgia State, Wilson was a prolific quarterback at Port St. Lucie High School, but couldn’t convince big programs to take a chance on him.
He can still play some quarterback it turns out, and that could give coach Adam Gase some creative options in the offense.
“I’ve been working on my arm this offseason,” he said. “When opportunities are coming, you never want to sell yourself short. Whatever the coaches need me to do, I’m just excited to be down here and get in the playbook and work with these guys and get some wins for the team.”
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