Albert Wilson explains decision to opt out of 2020 NFL season
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson will opt out of the 2020 NFL season.
Wilson said it was “Not an easy decision to make” in a note posted on Twitter. He said his choice is a matter of prioritizing family over football.
“It was very tough choice but since the day I started playing the game it’s always been Faith Family Football. Because of this crazy time I choose to put my family in the best situation I see fit. I will stand by my teammates & brothers to support them 100% throughout this season and will be counting the days until I can join them again. 1 love.”
Wilson is the second Dolphins receiver to opt out of the 2020 season, joining Allen Hurns.
Miami head coach Brian Flores released a statement on Wilson’s choice.
“I support Albert’s decision. I know he made it with his family in mind. I want what is best for Albert, as I do for all of our players.”
The 28-year-old Wilson was expected to have a key role in the in the Dolphins offense, primarily lining up in the slot alongside top option DeVante Parker.
Wilson appeared in 13 games for Miami in 2019, posting a career-high 43 receptions.
Without Wilson and Hurns, the receiving options for either Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tua Tungavailoa, or Josh Rosen are looking thin. Preston Williams—recovering from a torn ACL—will likely be team’s no. 2 option, while the rest of the receiving depth chart is an inexperienced bunch, comprised of Gary Jennings, Isaiah Ford, Jakeem Grant, Mack Hollins and undrafted free agents Matt Cole and Kirk Merritt.
Miami is slated to kick off their season on September 13 in a road contest against the New England Patriots.