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Philip Wheeler | Linebacker | #52

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/12/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 245
College: Georgia Tech
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (93) / IND
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals released LB Phillip Wheeler.
The Cardinals dumped him to make room for Scooby Wright, who was promoted from the team's practice squad. Wheeler underwhelmed in a backup role with Atlanta last year, earning PFF's No. 24 grade out of 31 qualifiers at 4-3 outside linebacker. Fri, Sep 8, 2017 04:35:00 PM

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Cardinals signed LB Philip Wheeler.

Wheeler appeared in all 19 games for the NFC Champion Falcons last season, notching 28 tackles. Now 32, Wheeler's job at this stage of his career is to take up space and provide snaps. He'll have to earn his way onto Arizona's 53-man roster.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 06:15:00 PM

Falcons re-signed OLB Philip Wheeler.

Signed as a veteran flier last October, Wheeler ended up playing 149 snaps. He was a deep reserve, seeing the field for more than 18 plays only twice. Now 31, Wheeler won't be guaranteed to crack the 53-man roster in training camp.
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 03:53:00 PM

Falcons signed LB Philip Wheeler.

The eighth-year veteran was released by the 49ers before Week 1. Wheeler signed a huge deal with the Dolphins prior to the 2013 season, but was a bust, and started only four games in 2014. He'll serve as depth for a run defense allowing a league-low 78.8 yards per game. Once upon a time, Wheeler was also good in coverage.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 03:26:00 PM

49ers released LB Philip Wheeler.

Oh, how far Wheeler has fallen since signing a five-year, $26 million deal with the Dolphins back in 2013. He's been cut by Miami and San Francisco this year.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 12:28:00 PM

49ers signed LB Philip Wheeler, formerly of the Dolphins, to a one-year contract.

Miami cut Wheeler last month to make room for Ndamukong Suh. San Francisco will be the fourth team he's played for since entering the league in 2008. The 49ers are needy at inside linebacker. Wheeler has been a 4-3 Sam 'backer throughout his career, but will compete on the inside as a 49er.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 03:23:00 PM

Free agent ILB Philip Wheeler is visiting the 49ers on Monday.

Wheeler, 30, has been a 4-3 outside linebacker for much of his career. He'd play on the inside in San Francisco and compete for snaps next to Navorro Bowman. Wheeler has flashed ability to both cover and play the run in the past.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 04:19:00 PM

Dolphins released LB Philip Wheeler.

Miami will make Wheeler a post-June 1 cut, saving $3M in cap space. Wheeler started just four games last season and has been a bust since signing a five-year, $26 million deal back in 2013. He should resurface as a two-down run stopper.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 03:38:00 PM

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

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

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