Miami Dolphins Starting Lineman Holds Out Mandatory Camp For A New Contract

Connor Williams

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The Miami Dolphins were met with a surprising absence during their mandatory minicamp today, as center Connor Williams failed to show up.

Head coach Mike McDaniel confirmed that Williams’ absence was not excused, and Palm Beach Post’s Joe Schad reports that Williams is seeking a new contract.

The 26-year-old Williams, who is entering the final year of his contract,  is looking to secure a more lucrative contract that reflects what he believes is his value to the team and his contributions on the field.

The absence of Williams at the minicamp drew attention as he was the only Dolphins player not in attendance. As the team gathers to prepare for the upcoming season, his absence casts a shadow over an otherwise optimistic atmosphere.

Connor Williams joined the Dolphins last offseason, signing a two-year contract. Previously with the Dallas Cowboys, Williams had started 51 games over four seasons and inked a $14 million contract with $7.5 million in guaranteed.

During the 2022 season, Williams established himself as a durable and consistent presence at center, starting in all 17 games for the Dolphins.

Head coach Mike McDaniel addressed the situation briefly, stating that Williams’ absence was not excused. It remains to be seen how the Dolphins organization will handle the contract dispute and whether it will have any long-term implications on Williams’ future with the team.

As the Dolphins continue their minicamp preparations, all eyes will be on the negotiations between Williams and the team’s management. The outcome of these discussions will shape the dynamics of the offensive line and potentially impact the Dolphins’ overall performance in the upcoming season.