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Wilkins not motivated by $$$

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Finatik, May 24, 2023.

  1. Finatik

    Finatik Season Ticket Holder Staff Member Club Member

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    Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is scheduled to play the 2023 season under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. He wants a long-term extension, and the Dolphins want to get him on a long-term extension.

    Wilkins makes clear, though, that money is not his motivation.

    “I’m always motivated and motivation comes from within, not a dollar amount,” Wilkins said, via Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post. “But it’s just my drive to be the best and be my best. No dollar changes that, changes my mindset.”

    Wilkins is scheduled to make $10.7 million this season after making $4.9 million last season.

    He totaled 98 tackles, 3.5 sacks, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles and fumble recovery in 2022. His 290 tackles since entering the league are more than any other defensive tackle except Cameron Heyward, who has 300.

    Wilkins grudgingly agreed last season was his best thus far but added that his best is yet to come. “I guess you could say [it was my best season], but it won’t be my best,” Wilkins said. “That’s the goal and that’s my mindset every time I work out, every time I study film, every time I eat and do that whole process. My mindset is to always be the best.”

    The Giants already have signed Dexter Lawrence to a four-year, $90 million extension. Lawrence was drafted four picks before the Dolphins took Wilkins.

    “That’s my fat little brother, so I was excited about him,” Wilkins said. “It’s just good to see the growth of the game and clearly how much D-line play, especially interior, means to teams.

    “It’s good for the guys that come after us. I’m a big believer in doing right by the game, doing things right and paying it forward for those guys coming after you regardless of whether it’s a dollar, whether it’s just doing things the right way, someone they can look up to. I’m just big on respecting the game.”

    Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier and coach Mike McDaniel have called getting Wilkins signed to an extension as a priority for the team. They continue talks with Wilkins’ agent, David Mulugheta. “I let my agent handle all of that,” Wilkins said. “There is a reason he’s hired.”
     
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  2. The_Dark_Knight

    The_Dark_Knight Defender of the Truth

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    I certainly hope this means he’s more motivated to be a Miami Dolphin rather than a gazillionaire gun for hire.
     
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  3. Fishhead

    Fishhead Well-Known Member

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    You just have to love this guy. He is the type of person every team wants in their locker room and every player wants lined up next to them. One of my favorite people to ever wear the aqua and orange.

    PS. He’ll definitely get his money - he’s not the guy this franchise wants to let walk.
     
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  4. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

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    90 million for 4 years for a DL? that seems crazy
     
  5. invid

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    He's one of the better ones in the league after last year, and plays a premium position. Cap ceiling keeps going up, so contracts are accordingly.
     

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