Dolphins make final decision on their biggest pending free agent after declining to use a franchise tag

For the Miami Dolphins, it’s apparent that Christian Wilkins is their greatest pending free agent after he built himself into one of the top interior lineman in the league over his first five seasons with Miami.

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However, Wilkins will become a free agent after the Dolphins declined to utilize the franchise tag on him, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

“The #Dolphins will not franchise tag standout DT Christian Wilkins, sources say, meaning the long-time pillar of Miami’s defense will be a free agent. Wilkins will be one of the top free agents regardless of position.” Wilkins was absolutely dominant for Miami again in 2023 (65 tackles, nine sacks, 10 TFL, 23 QB Hits, 2 PD, 1 FF, 2 FR), and his nine sacks were easily a career high.

While the Dolphins may still re-sign Wilkins, he can now negotiate a contract with any NFL team. The Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns will be among the teams interested in signing the former Clemson star.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler mentioned both teams as possibilities, saying, “Houston is intriguing here.” The Texans have plenty of cap room, a quarterback on his rookie contract, and a playoff roster. However, there would be multiple teams involved. For example, the Browns can always make a splash. Would the versatile DT add to an already strong defense?

NFL free agency officially begins on March 13.

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