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Philip Wheeler | Linebacker

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/12/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 245
College: Georgia Tech
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Dolphins LB Philip Wheeler has played just 75 defensive snaps since criticizing the coaching staff following the Week 6 loss to the Packers.
After calling out the coaches, one Dolphins player opined that Wheeler is "done here." It appears the Dolphins have certainly moved on, as they've turned to Jelani Jenkins and Koa Misi as every-down linebackers. Wheeler will count $4.2 million against the 2015 cap whether he's in Miami or not. Wheeler, along with Dannell Ellerbe, is just another whiff by ex-GM Jeff Ireland. Tue, Nov 18, 2014 09:19:00 PM

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Updating a previous item, Dolphins SLB Philip Wheeler (thumb) expects to play this week against the Bills.

It was initially reported that Wheeler would miss Week 2. He'll sport a cast on the injured thumb and line up next to MLB Jason Trusnik, who will start in place of an injured Koa Misi (ankle). If the new drug policy passes on Friday afternoon, the Dolphins could also have Dion Jordan back in the mix at defensive end.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 11:51:00 AM

Dolphins SLB Philip Wheeler (thumb) will not play against the Bills in Week 2.

Wheeler joins fellow starting linebackers Koa Misi (ankle, week to week) and Dannell Ellerbe (hip, injured reserve) on the sideline. Wheeler and Misi have a shot to return in Week 3, but missing them against a Bills team that is going to pound the run is scary for Miami. They'll start Jason Trusnik in the middle with Jelani Jenkins and Jonathan Freeny on the outside.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 08:06:00 AM

Dolphins SLB Philip Wheeler (thumb) has been ruled out for Week 1.

Wheeler was downgraded to "DNP" on Friday and won't play this week. Jason Trusnik or Jelani Jenkins will replace him on the strong-side.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 06:54:00 PM

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.
Sun, Mar 2, 2014 04:19:00 PM

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.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 01:37:00 PM

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 part of the reason GM Jeff Ireland's job status is in question.
Sun, Jan 5, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Dolphins agreed to terms on a five-year, $26 million deal with OLB Philip Wheeler, formerly of the Raiders.

The Dolphins are signing ALL of the linebackers. Wheeler gets $13 million guaranteed. Miami already added Dannell Ellerbe on a five-year, $35 million deal, and then released middle linebacker Karlos Dansby. With Wheeler coming aboard, it might signal the end for veteran WLB Kevin Burnett. Wheeler showed he could do it all in 2012. He defended the run, covered, and rushed the quarterback.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 08:15:00 PM

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. The 28-year-old gained steady buzz this weekend, and the Rams have already shown interest. The Chronicle mentions free agents Manny Lawson and Nick Barnett as replacement options.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 08:43:00 PM

According to, 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 at 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.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 06:17:00 PM

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 seeking $6 million annually. Wheeler should be cheaper.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 12:43:00 PM

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.
Source: USA Today
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 08:01:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 01:27:00 PM

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).
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 12:27:00 PM

Raiders SLB Philip Wheeler credits Peyton Manning with turning him into a great player after squaring off against each other in Colts practices.

"Just by playing against him, hear him talk to his offense," Wheeler said. "I was like, 'Wow,' he's looking at that aspect of our defense.'" Wheeler is coming off a monster performance against the Steelers with 11 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two passes defensed. Among 4-3 linebackers, only Denver's Von Miller has a higher grade from Pro Football Focus.
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 12:57:00 PM