NFL Rumors: Miami Dolphins Talking Extension With Star Defensive Lineman

Another promising young defensive tackle is about to get paid. According to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the Miami Dolphins and interior defensive lineman Christian Wilkins have discussed an extension, and there is optimism that a deal could get done in the near future.

The Dolphins drafted Wilkins with the 13th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and he has been an effective, reliable starter for them ever since. Over 64 appearances and 60 starts, he has notched 290 tackles and 11.5 sacks. He has earned exceptional 80.0+ overall grades from Pro Football Focus in each of the past two seasons, and he's set to play out the fifth-year option of his rookie first-round pick contract.

Wilkins' production doesn't leap off the stat sheet, but his consistency, draft pedigree, and high marks on tape should earn him a princely sum. He may not have a Pro Bowl to his name, but he should easily clear 20+ million per year on his next deal. He'll probably land somewhere between Leonard Williams' three-year, $63 million deal with the New York Giants and Jeffery Simmons' four-year, $94 million pact with the Tennessee Titans. It's been a hot market lately for quality, young defensive tackles, and he's sure to be the latest beneficiary.

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