Cameron Wake is set to make $615,000 this season and it seems he’s not too happy about it.
He expressed his displeasure by no-showing the start of the Dolphins’ offseason workouts on Tuesday. According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, Wake isn’t taking part in the first day of work under new head coach Joe Philbin as a way of protesting the fact that there hasn’t been progress toward a new deal.
There’s been talk about getting Wake an extension for quite some time, although there hasn’t been any signs that an agreement is close between the two sides. This is the final year of the four-year, $2.3 million deal Wake signed when he joined the Dolphins from the CFL. Wake has recorded 28 sacks in his first three seasons, numbers that make him one of the more productive pass rushers in the league and a player who would command much more than $615 on the open market.
These workouts are voluntary, so there’s no risk of punishment for Wake’s failure to show up on Tuesday. Via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post comes word that he does have a workout bonus of $50,000 that he would lose out on attaining if he doesn’t reverse course and return to the workouts.
There’s no sign yet that Wake will hold out of mandatory minicamps or training camp, but it’s clear the Dolphins have a situation they need to take care of with one of their best defensive players.