NFL Rumors: Former Cowboys playmaker could be available after big WR trade

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. (11), against the New York Jets during NFL action
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. (11), against the New York Jets during NFL action / BILL INGRAM / THE PALM BEACH PSOT / USA

The Dallas Cowboys offense is struggling right now (to say the least), but adding another playmaker wouldn't change much of anything. CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard, Brandin Cooks, Michael Gallup and Jake Ferguson is more than enough firepower.

After all, last year's Cowboys offense was more prolific with less talent.

The NFL trade deadline is hanging out on the periphery but it will soon take centerstage. The Cowboys aren't crying out for more talent, but they could stand to improve at linebacker and offensive line depth. It all depends on who's available and how the market unfolds in terms of what teams are paying.

Most trades that have been completed thus far have involved receivers. The biggest of those featured the Dolphins taking a flier on Chase Claypool, who had been working from home with the Bears after his effort on the field was brought into question and was critical about his role in the offense.

The trade adds another weapon to Miami's high-octane offense, but we can't help but wonder what it means for former Cowboys wideout Cedrick Wilson.

NFL Rumors: Could former Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson be shopped before the trade deadline?

The Miami Herald reported in April that the Dolphins are open to trading Wilson. Though nothing materialized before the season, Wilson is still superfluous in that offense.

Incredibly, Week 5 against the Giants marked Wilson's best game with the Dolphins. He played his most-ever snaps (29) and caught four passes for 52 yards. Not earth-shattering numbers, but they speak to how little Wilson's been involved since Miami traded for Tyreek Hill before the 2022 season; Wilson's first with the team.

Don't get tricked into thinking Wilson's new role is here to stay, either. Injuries to receivers River Cracraft and Erik Ezukanma allowed Wilson to play WR3 on Sunday. Though head coach Mike McDaniel said postgame that he plans on giving Wilson more opportunities, it's hard to envision that after the Claypool trade.

The Dolphins didn't have much WR depth behind Hill and Jaylen Waddle last season and Wilson managed a 26% snap share and caught 12 passes in 15 games. That's a far cry from the numbers Wilson posted in his final season with the Cowboys in 2021: 45 catches for 602 yards and six touchdowns.

Miami needs a big-bodied receiver to fill the slot role next to Hill and Waddle. Wilson is a respectable 6-foot-2, but he doesn't play above the rim. Claypool has two inches and almost 40 pounds on the former Cowboy.

With Claypool, Cracraft, Ezukanma, Braxton Berrios and Robbie Chosen to fend off at receiver, and three capable RBs, Wilson fits the bill of a player who will be made available at the deadline. Dallas most likely won't pursue him if that ends up being the case, but it'll be interesting to see how the next month plays out for Wilson.

Signing with the Dolphins clearly hasn't worked out how he hoped.

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