Isaiah Wilson has now become someone else’s problem. The Tennessee Titans’ 2020 first-round draft pick went through a rookie season riddled with personal problems and only played one game with the team. On Monday, the Miami Dolphins gave the embattled offensive tackle a second chance.
Isaiah Wilson becomes someone else’s problem
Two weeks after the Tennessee Titans put Wilson on the trading block, they finally found a partner. The Miami Dolphins acquired the 2020 first-round pick, giving up their seventh-round picks in both 2021 and 2022. NFL reporter Ian Rapoport first broke the story Monday night.
According to USA Today, the Dolphins will take a small financial hit with this transaction. Assuming Wilson stays with the team throughout the 2021 season, he will earn $1,135,836 — a tiny sum compared to the $6,403,376 he cost the Titans last season.
This will not be the first time the Miami Dolphins took on a former first-round bust in a trade under Brian Flores. After the 2019 NFL draft, the Dolphins acquired quarterback Josh Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals, who had just drafted Kyler Murray first overall. Rosen lost all three of his starts in 2019 and left the Dolphins after that season.
Isaiah Wilson made trouble for the Titans
Isaiah Wilson’s one and only season for the Tennessee Titans was one to forget.
Even before he signed his rookie contract, Wilson went on the Titans reserve/COVID-19 list. Things took another downhill slide in September after Wilson was charged with a DUI — he was spotted “doing donuts” at an intersection before crashing into a concrete wall.
The Titans suspended Wilson for their December game against Cleveland for reasons which are still unclear. The following week, they added him to the Non-Football Illness list, where he would stay for the rest of the season. General manager Jon Robinson told ProFootballTalk in February that he hadn’t spoken to Wilson since.
His conflict with the Titans came to a head in late February, when he posted a tweet (which he quickly deleted) that said, “Im done with football as a Titan… No further comments.”
Wilson took a grand total of four snaps as a Tennessee Titan, meaning he cost the team exactly $1,600,844 per snap.
Does Brian Flores have the answer?
If any head coach in the NFL has the answer for Isaiah Wilson, it’s Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. Flores is a stern disciplinarian who, with time, might force a winning attitude into Wilson.
But Flores may have another ace in the hole. Both he and Flores went to the same high school — Poly Prep High in Brooklyn, N.Y. According to NFL Network’s Peter Schrager, the two have known each other for years. Perhaps Flores can use this connection to reach out to his new offensive lineman.
Financial data courtesy of Spotrac.