Clemson Tigers News: Christian Wilkins, Jack Leggett

The Dolphins have declined to franchise tag Christian Wilkins and this is a big day for Jack Leggett.
Dec 24, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94)
Dec 24, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94) / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Events

Clemson Men’s Golf continues in the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Clemson Women’s Lacrosse at Mercer Bears: 2:00 PM in Macon, Georgia

Clemson Softball vs Tennessee Volunteers: 2:30 PM at McWhorter Stadium

Clemson Men’s Soccer vs Crown Legacy FC: 6:00 PM at Historic Riggs Field (spring schedule - free admission)

Clemson Men’s Basketball vs Syracuse Orange: 7:00 PM at Littlejohn Coliseum – see Marty Coleman’s preview here.

Christian Wilkins not offered by the Dolphins, will test free agency

Clemson Football alum Christian Wilkins has been a mainstay of the Miami Dolphins defensive line since he was drafted in 2019. He has just finished his first five-year contract, and the Dolphins have decided to not place the franchise tag on him.

This does not mean he won’t resign with Miami, but it does seem unlikely if they aren’t willing to franchise him and then continue to work on a long-term deal. Wilkins will now be able to negotiate with any team he chooses. Teams can begin negotiating with free agents on March 11th.

Social media was buzzing with the news of Wilkins’s availability. Fans of the Bears, Giants, and Texans were particularly excited about the possibility of their team signing him.

In five NFL seasons, Wilkins has amassed 355 total tackles, 20.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, six recovered fumbles and one interception. Wilkins played in and started every single Miami game for the past three seasons. They exercised their fifth year option for his rookie contract last spring.

Happy Birthday Jack Leggett!

Former Clemson Baseball head coach and current staffer Jack Leggett turns 70 years young today.

Leggett coached the Clemson program from 1994 to 2015 after beginning his career with Vermont and Western Carolina. His career record is 1,332–770–1. He was the ACC Coach of the Year three times (1994, 1995 and 2006).