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Post Free Agent: Philip Wheeler

Position: LB
Born: 12/12/1984, in Columbus, GA
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 240
College: Georgia Tech
Rookie Year: 2008

Former Team: Oakland Raiders

During the 2011 offseason, the Dolphins brought Philip Wheeler in for a workout and wanted to sign him. However, because the Dolphins already had Kevin Burnett at outside linebacker, he chose to go to Oakland instead because he felt he had a better opportunity to start there.

Now things have come full circle and Wheeler is a Miami Dolphin.

Wheeler was round 2 of an unexpected linebacker overhaul that saw the Dolphins acquire Dannell Ellerbe, release Karlos Dansby, acquire Philip Wheeler and presumably release Kevin Burnett.

Wheeler signed a 5 year, $26 million deal. He replaces Kevin Burnett, who was playing out the last two years of a 4 year, $21 million deal.

It is not entirely clear how Wheeler will be used, but he is an outside linebacker by trade, and will most likely wind up playing that position in the Dolphins 4-3 defense.

Wheeler was rated the 6th best 4-3 outside linebacker by PFF, two spots behind Kevin Burnett. He was also tied for 5th with New England's Jerod Mayo in the coverage metric.

Here is a game by game snapshot of Wheeler's 2012 season.



Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:37 pm
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Post Re: Free Agent: Philip Wheeler

Length: 5 years
Maximum value: $26 million
Signing bonus: $7 million
Total guarantee: $13 million
Workout bonus: $100,000 each in years 3-5

2013 salary (fully guaranteed): $1 million
2014 salary (fully guaranteed): $5 million
2015 salary (not guaranteed): $2.9 million
2016 salary (not guaranteed): $4.9 million
2017 salary (not guaranteed): $4.9 million

2013 salary cap number: $2.4 million
2014 salary cap number: $6.4 million
2015 salary cap number: $4.4 million
2016 salary cap number: $6.4 million
2017 salary cap number: $6.4 million ... p-wheeler/

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