Did former Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson land with wrong team?

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Many Dallas Cowboys fans and writers were hoping the team would keep backup wide receiver Cedrick Wilson as he entered free agency this offseason. The wideout had a breakout year in 2021 and became a reliable target for Dak Prescott while filling in for various injuries that occurred within the main WR Trio. But even after the team decided to trade Amari Cooper, they still let Wilson get picked up by the Miami Dolphins during free agency.

Wilson got himself a well-earned three-year $22 million deal with the Dolphins, which is essentially triple the amount he made in 2021. The wideout heads to Miami after collecting 45 catches, 13.2 yards per reception, six touchdowns, and 602 yards as a WR4 in Dallas. The former Cowboys WR was likely excited for a chance to earn snaps as a WR2 or WR3. However, a blockbuster move by Miami may change that.

The Boise State product was set to join Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker in Miami. Then, almost two weeks after the Dolphins secured Wilson, Miami went out and snagged elite Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill on a four-year, $120 million deal. This likely took the wind out of Wilson’s sails and is part of the reason that Bleacher Report listed the receiver as one of six NFL players who ended up on the wrong team this offseason.

Even though Miami recently traded WR DeVante Parker to the Patriots, the former Cowboy still may not get as much of a chance to shine as he deserves. Mike McDaniel, the Dolphins’ new head coach, was the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2021. Why does that matter? Because McDaniel’s offense rushed the ball the fourth-most out of the entire league.

Bleacher Report argues that former Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson ended up on the wrong team with the Miami Dolphins

After earning himself more playing time and more money, it seems like Wilson may get just limited snaps in Miami as well. Plus, the Dolphins’ choice to add running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert in free agency likely mean that McDaniel has a desire to have a run-heavy offense yet again.

Running game aside, the Dolphins also put tight end Mike Gesicki on the franchise tag adding yet another pass catcher to the mix. This likely puts Wilson back as the fourth-level receiver once again, just like he was behind the WR Trio in Dallas. Between the push for the run game and the fact that Miami has three higher-level starters than Wilson, he may not have landed on a team that will play him as much as he hoped. It will certainly be interesting to see how McDaniel factors the versatile wideout into his offensive play.

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