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Jimmy Wilson is one of three players the Dolphins need to sign to extensions.
Back in April I wrote about how signing Charles Clay to an extension was one of the Dolphins' remaining offseason priorities.
Fast-forward a few months, and the team is currently sitting with just over $13.4 million in cap space available, according to Spotrac, and has a trio of key players set to hit the free-agent market after the season.
We know that Mike Pouncey will be around next year after the team picked up his fifth-year option, but Jared Odrick, Jimmy Wilson and Clay are entering the final year of their contracts.
The 25-year-old Clay is coming off a breakout season where he recorded 69 catches for 759 yards and six touchdowns, and this is likely the team's last chance to sign him at a relatively discounted price.
Another big year from Clay, and the price tag is going to shoot sky-high.
Wilson is in a similar position to Clay, as the 27-year-old has steadily improved the last few years but has yet to have a full breakout season.
As I recently mentioned, I believe that this is the year Wilson breaks out and becomes an integral part of the Dolphins defense.
Considering the former seventh-round pick is scheduled to make just $1.4 million this year, it's very likely he would jump at the chance to sign an extension and net some long-term security.
Odrick, meanwhile, is in a slightly different position as he is a bit more proven than the other two.
The former first-round pick is coming off a dominant 2013 season and would likely demand a contract similar to Paul Soliai's five-year, $32 million deal he signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
While I wasn't willing to invest that much time and money in the 30-year-old Soliai, I would be more than willing to do it for the 26-year-old Odrick, who is just about to hit the prime years of his career.
It's unlikely that the Dolphins sign all three players to extensions before they hit free agency, but it would be smart to try to get at least one or two of them locked up long term.
After all, the longer the team waits, the more money each player is going to cost on the open market.