The Duel

Free Agent Wide Receivers the Dolphins Can Sign to Replace Albert Wilson

Jason Schandl
Top free agent wide receivers the Miami Dolphins can sign to replace Albert Wilson following news of his opt-out.
Top free agent wide receivers the Miami Dolphins can sign to replace Albert Wilson following news of his opt-out. / Mike Stobe/Getty Images
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The Miami Dolphins are getting really thin at wide receiver. This week two players at the position, Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson, both opted out for the 2020 NFL season.

DeVante Parker and Preston Williams will continue to hold down the top two WR spots, but the Dolphins will need somebody else to step up now.

Here are the top three free-agent wide receivers that Miami can still target.

3. Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson averaged over 13 yards per reception in four of the last five seasons.
Paul Richardson averaged over 13 yards per reception in four of the last five seasons. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

Like just about everybody in the Washington offense, Paul Richardson had a down year in 2019. Before that, however, Richardson had averaged at least 13.1 yards per reception in four consecutive seasons. He's struggled to stay healthy (playing 17 games over the last two years), but that kind of big-play ability could make him worth a short-term deal.

2. Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas caught 36 passes for 433 yards in 2019.
Demaryius Thomas caught 36 passes for 433 yards in 2019. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Demaryius Thomas had some efficiency issues in 2019, but some of that can be attributed to catching passes from a struggling Sam Darnold. He made an impact when the ball did get into his hands, averaging 12.0 yards per reception, which was actually up from his pre-injury average of 11.5 in 2018. Thomas seems to still have something left in the tank, and it could bring a lot of value to add a veteran presence to help guide this young offense.

1. Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin averaged 15.1 yards per reception over two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Tavon Austin averaged 15.1 yards per reception over two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Tavon Austin may be largely regarded as a bust, but he could still bring some value to the table for Miami. Wilson predominantly works in the short areas of the field, having seen an average depth of target (aDOT) of just 5.3 yards in 2019, and racking up 69 percent of his receiving yards after the catch over two seasons in Miami. Austin's ability to make big plays once the ball is in his hands has never really been in question, and that could make him an interesting fit in Wilson's role.



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