Veteran WR announces retirement from NFL

    NFL wide receiver Albert Wilson went undrafted out of Georgia State in 2014 despite setting multiple records for the Panthers. He signed with the Chiefs and ended up making the team’s 53-man roster as a rookie. 10 years later, Wilson has put together a solid career and has now decided to hang up his cleats, according to the 31-year-old’s Instagram.

    In that rookie season, Wilson appeared in 12 games, making two starts. The undrafted rookie finished behind only Dwayne Bowe in receptions (16) and yards (260) in a receivers room that caught no touchdowns from Alex Smith; all his touchdowns went to tight ends Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano, running backs Jamaal Charles, Joe McKnight and Knile Davis, and full back Anthony Sherman.

    In subsequent years, Wilson remained the WR2 for Smith, playing second fiddle to Jeremy Maclin in 2015 and Tyreek Hill in 2017. Those were Wilson’s best statistical seasons, seeing him catch for 451 yards and two touchdowns in 2015 and 554 yards and three touchdowns in 2017.

    His impressive work as a No. 2 receiver earned him a three-year contract with the Dolphins. Receiving in Miami from Ryan Tannehill, Brock Osweiler and Josh Rosen, Wilson found himself as a contributor on some disappointing offenses. When his contract expired, Wilson signed in the 2022 offseason with the Vikings before getting cut two months later. The Raiders signed Wilson to their practice squad in October later that season. He flirted with the active roster but never got to make a game appearance with Las Vegas.

    Overall, in his career, Wilson appeared in 89 total games making 38 starts. He recorded 218 receptions for 2,499 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding on a score on the ground and even a passing touchdown. Wilson won’t be finding his way into the Hall of Fame, but for an undrafted player out of Georgia State, he made the most of his opportunities and put together a strong career.

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