Could Detroit emerge victorious in the competition for Christian Wilkins?

Late on Saturday night, the landscape of the defensive tackle market became clear with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chris Jones reaching a substantial contract extension just days before the onset of free agency.

Jones committed to a five-year contract valued at $95 million in guaranteed funds, establishing a new benchmark for the cost of a skilled defensive lineman. With Jones no longer an option, attention shifts to Miami’s Christian Wilkins, who emerges as one of the premier defensive linemen on the market.

Opting not to employ the franchise tag on Wilkins, the Dolphins enable him to explore free agency. In his five seasons in the NFL, Wilkins has amassed 20.5 sacks, including a notable career-high of 9.5 in 2023.

The Detroit Lions are potentially poised to make a significant move in this position, given general manager Brad Holmes’ access to resources to enhance the team’s roster. Consequently, a recent ESPN report suggests the Lions are among the contenders vying for Wilkins, alongside teams like the Texans, following Jones’ lucrative deal.

Dan Graziano noted, “After Chris Jones landed a big deal on Saturday night, Miami’s Christian Wilkins is likely to be a hot name, with contending teams such as the Texans and Lions looking to upgrade at that position.”

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