Philip Wheeler LB MIA 2 Months

One Dolphins source told the Miami Herald that WLB Philip Wheeler became "complacent" after ex-GM Jeff Ireland signed him to a five-year, $26 million contract.

In other words, he mailed it in after getting paid. Ireland also happened to guarantee the entirety of Wheeler's $5 million salary for 2014, making him very difficult to cut just one year into the deal. Wheeler was a missed tackle machine in 2013, and was regularly attacked successfully in pass coverage.

Philip Wheeler LB MIA 2 Months

Per the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders would be "very interested" in WLB Philip Wheeler if he were released by the Dolphins.

Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur has heard "a couple times" at the Combine that Wheeler may be cut by Miami. He had a strong 2012 campaign in Oakland. Releasing Wheeler would cause a $4.2 million cap penalty for the Dolphins, so we're not sold it'll happen despite a nightmarish debut season with the team.

Philip Wheeler LB MIA 3 Months

The Miami Herald hints there's a chance the Dolphins could release WLB Philip Wheeler.

Signed to a five-year, $26 million contract that included $13 million guaranteed last March, Wheeler was horrific in his first season with the Dolphins. Pro Football Focus credited him with a whopping 18 missed tackles and graded Wheeler out as its worst 4-3 outside linebacker. If Miami does release Wheeler, it'd likely do it as a post-June 1 cut. Jelani Jenkins could be asked to fill in at weak-side 'backer in 2014. The signings of Wheeler and MLB Dannell Ellerbe are parts of the reason GM Jeff Ireland's job status is in question.

Philip Wheeler LB MIA Mar 12 '13

Dolphins agreed to terms with OLB Philip Wheeler, formerly of the Raiders.

Philip Wheeler LB MIA Mar 11 '13

The San Francisco Chronicle says there is a "good chance" free agent OLB Philip Wheeler doesn't re-sign with the Raiders.

Wheeler was one of the lone bright spots in Oakland last season, so his loss would be a blow to the defense. The 28-year-old has been gaining steady buzz this weekend, and the Rams have already shown interest in him. The Chronicle mentions free agents Manny Lawson and Nick Barnett as replacement options.

Philip Wheeler LB MIA Mar 11 '13

According to NFL.com, the Raiders "definitely" want free agent LB Philip Wheeler back.

Touted as one of the potential steals of free agency, Wheeler is gaining more and more buzz. By the time his market settles, he might not be much of a steal after all. Wheeler graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 4-3 outside linebacker last season, one of the few bright spots on a rancid Raiders' defense. They'd do well to retain him.

Philip Wheeler LB MIA Mar 10 '13

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams have "at least some interest" in free agent LBs Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe.

Wheeler and Ellerbe would be options on the strong-side in St. Louis, opposite Jo-Lonn Dunbar and next to James Laurinaitis. The position is one of just two to three weak spots on the Rams' defense after dumpster-diving for Rocky McIntosh last offseason. Ellerbe is said to be seeking $6 million annually, and Wheeler will likely be around the same.

Philip Wheeler LB MIA Mar 08 '13

At least one NFL personnel evaluator believes SLB Philip Wheeler could be a steal in free agency.

"He had a great year in Oakland," said the evaluator, who works for an NFC team. "He was playing like his hair was on fire. He was their best defensive player on the field most of the time." Wheeler noticeably stood out on a bad Oakland defense, along with Desmond Bryant and Lamarr Houston. Pretty much everyone else was terrible. Wheeler, 28, is not expected back with the Raiders.

Philip Wheeler LB MIA Mar 06 '13

The Raiders are negotiating with free agent SLB Philip Wheeler, but he "(isn't) sure" if he'll be back.

"I'm anxious," Wheeler said. "I'm not sure if it's going well or not." Wheeler is open to signing elsewhere. "(There are) plenty of teams out there. It's very important to me to get back to being part of a winning organization." Wheeler graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 4-3 outside linebacker last season. He was a rare bright spot for a talent-deficient team.

Philip Wheeler LB MIA Jan 04 '13

SLB Philip Wheeler and DE Andre Carter are among the free agents coach Dennis Allen would like back in 2013.

It's no surprise that Allen wants Wheeler back, as he rivaled DL Lamarr Houston as the best player on Oakland's revamped defense. The 28-year-old may want to test the market after racking up career highs in tackles (109), sacks (3), forced fumbles (2), and passes defensed (6).