Updated: Mar 10, 2021
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The Tennessee Titans selected Isaiah Wilson with the 29th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Now he’s been traded to the Miami Dolphins, for a seventh-round pick. Here’s what I think about the swap.
Wilson was picked to replace Jack Conklin, who left in free agency. Dennis Kelly was also resigned, so Wilson was probably going to sit for a year, and then become the starter. But during training camp, he was spotted at a party, breaking the NFL’s COVID-19 restrictions. Then on September 11, he was arrested for a DUI. He was suspended before the week 13 game vs. the Browns for violating team rules, and was placed on the reserve/non-football-illness list to round out the season. He only played in one game, seeing the field only four times, and on his first snap, was promptly trucked. Kelly started all 16 games along with their lone postseason game. Though Tennessee’s first two left tackles went down to injury, Wilson didn’t even get to compete for the job.
But I am happy about this trade. He was a headache, and was just too much to deal with. Wilson had a horrible attitude, and just didn’t want to work. Now he isn’t the Titans problem. The Dolphins hed coach Brian Flores has to use his magic to revive Wilson’s career down in South Beach. Wilson will join his former college teammate, Solomon Kindley, a Miami guard. Tennesse has a solid line, and just needs cheap backups to fill out the second-string unit. Wilson was just too much of a trouble maker, and he is the definition of what the Mike Vrabel era is not.
Miami Gets: Wilson, TEN 2022 7th-round pick
Tennessee Gets: MIA 2021 7th round pick
Tennessee does eat $4.5 million, which is not good, but it is less than what they would have eaten if Wilson was cut. Tennessee now has eight draft picks in 2021, and it could be up to nine via a compensatory pick. Jon Robinson will have to use all these picks correctly, and not the way the Wilson pick turned out.
Allan Bell sums up the trade pretty well: