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Report: Dolphins, Cameron Wake talking about extension

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 03:  Cameron Wake #91 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

Most of the focus on defensive ends with the Dolphins of late has been on how the team will handle Olivier Vernon’s impending free agency.

They can talk to him about a new deal for the next couple of weeks before deciding on whether to use the franchise tag to bring back the 25-year-old that finished the season with a flourish. Using the tag would require some cap shuffling with a restructure of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s contract one of the likeliest routes they’d go to get the needed room.

Another option could be parting ways with defensive end Cameron Wake, who is set to count $9.8 million against the cap in 2016 while returning from a torn Achilles. That’s not a good number for the team, but it also isn’t the only possibility.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports the team is talking to Wake about an extension that would lower his cap hit and keep him in Miami beyond the one year left on his current deal. Reaching an agreement would make it likelier that the Dolphins can hold onto Vernon and offers the possibility of a strong pass rush on both sides of the defensive line if Wake’s able to make a full return from his injury.

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33 Responses to “Report: Dolphins, Cameron Wake talking about extension”
  1. mikermiker says: Feb 18, 2016 8:52 AM

    bust

  2. huh6016 says: Feb 18, 2016 8:59 AM

    But can he play QB?

  3. ballin99999 says: Feb 18, 2016 9:01 AM

    Another genius move by Stephen Ross….it’s always smart to think long term about a 30 year old guy coming off a blown Achilles and whose game has always been about quickness off the ball.

  4. deenchaz says: Feb 18, 2016 9:18 AM

    Rework his extension into a incentive laden deal,and use him as a situational pass rusher. Then if he still has it ,which I believe he does,he’ll earn his salary.

  5. chadsmith013 says: Feb 18, 2016 9:35 AM

    cam wake is a beast..i would never doubt him

  6. billsbackto81 says: Feb 18, 2016 9:35 AM

    He was over rated when he was healthy.

  7. cafetero1075 says: Feb 18, 2016 9:36 AM

    Manipulate the cap so we don’t take such a hit.

  8. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Feb 18, 2016 9:40 AM

    Who wouldn’t extend a South Beach vacation, go to a Heat game take a cruise watch ballers woo hoo

  9. stevescars says: Feb 18, 2016 9:41 AM

    mikermiker says:
    Feb 18, 2016 8:52 AM

    bust

    Cam Wake is a ‘bust?’ Now that is good comedy.

    Report comment

  10. jgedgar70 says: Feb 18, 2016 10:02 AM

    Work a new deal for him. Add a large incentive – such as, if he can teach Suh the difference between training camp scrimmages and regular season games to the point where Suh no longer brags about winning training camp scrimmages, Wake gets an extra $1 million……..

  11. patsfan1820 says: Feb 18, 2016 10:10 AM

    Best pass rusher the Dolphins have they damn well better give him the extension.

  12. beachsidejames says: Feb 18, 2016 10:16 AM

    If they can reduce his salary and get 2 more years out of him and to then keep Vernon from the money saved….good move if he on recovery track.

  13. drewzducks says: Feb 18, 2016 10:38 AM

    Another overrated, media created DL who has never won anything . Although that could also be said about any Bill or Jet DL. I’m noticing a trend.

  14. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 18, 2016 10:42 AM

    If it weren’t for the injury Wake would be poorly served to extend. Healthy he would clean up if he hit the open market not to mention he might land on a team that stands a chance of getting to the post season.

  15. mcjon22 says: Feb 18, 2016 10:43 AM

    He had 7 sacks and 4 forced fumbles while only playing 7 games last season

    Why wouldn’t you do whatever you can to bring this guy back?

    I’d rather re-work his contract and bring him back, over giving Vernon the supposed 12-14 mil a year he wants.

  16. silverhornet says: Feb 18, 2016 11:00 AM

    Wake has been great for the Dolphins. He’s also been relatively underpaid the entire time he’s been with the team going back to when he was originally signed from the CFL. He’s been a “good solider” in that regard. Never complained about the money. Good guy on and off the field. Understands and respects how the Dolphins gave him his opportunity to get back into the NFL. Would be great if he were to extend and play out his new deal so he could end his career a Miami Dolphin.

  17. finzfan49 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:14 AM

    Bust????? What are you smoking? The guy has always been a beast and a model player. Set him up with an incentive based contract and do not let this guy leave!!! He will end up hurting us in the long run if we allow him to leave. He was having a monster year prior to the injury. With him and OV and Suh together for a complete offseason program and a full year i believe the results will be impressive.

  18. phinfan says: Feb 18, 2016 11:23 AM

    He has my full support as a fan… after watching him still run down a Running Back that slipped outside after he blew his ACL. Most men would fall and say ‘F-it’. He kept running after the Running Back!!!

  19. fordmandalay says: Feb 18, 2016 11:35 AM

    How about that great draft pick Dion Jordan moving into that position? Funny I don’t hear his name much anymore…

  20. ab420420 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:52 AM

    This is why the Dolphins’ seasons are over by Thanksgiving. Major holes on defense and their best pass rusher is about to walk, but they’re talking extension with a 34 year old coming off of a major leg injury instead of talking his resources and filing LB and DB holes

  21. nhpats says: Feb 18, 2016 12:00 PM

    mikermiker says:
    Feb 18, 2016 8:52 AM
    bust

    ————-

    Nahhhh. You know what was a bust? The Jimmy Graham trade.

  22. ohand16 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:29 PM

    But Dion Jordan is 6’6″ with a 10 foot wingspan!! Oh wait – he hates football. And hard work.

    #finsup

  23. finzfan49 says: Feb 18, 2016 1:00 PM

    Hopefully Jordan will get his head out of his a** and decide football is his career and can come back and contribute. Or maybe we can dump him and get some of that signing bonus back to help the salary cap.

  24. irkjames says: Feb 18, 2016 1:22 PM

    People always knock a Dolphins contract but they probably have more flexibility than mid contract than any other team in the league. Suh and Wake they said they were open to restructuring forever ago and the media as per usual took the easy way out to kill them since the day Suh signed.

  25. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 18, 2016 2:51 PM

    billsbackto81 says:
    Feb 18, 2016 9:35 AM
    He was over rated when he was healthy.
    ——–
    He had more sacks in 5 games than Mario Williams had all season. Even Suh had more sacks than Williams. So, who’s overrated?

  26. footstepsfalco says: Feb 18, 2016 4:23 PM

    As a Miami Dolphins fan, I’m not going to pretend that Wake had a great year before he got hurt, he had a great game with like 5 sacks. he was invisible before that, and honestly hurt. He already had injured the Achilles, they were trying to limit him but didnt succeed and it ruptured anyway. Dropping DC Kevin Coyle, the next game Wake woke up.

    I don’t think Kevin coyle was good for this d-line, wake had been very successful, as were other members of the DLine until Coyle took over, including Randy Starks and Jared Odrick.

    Wouldn’t count on Dion Jordan plotting out for Miami, what a shame, could have been something special.

  27. patsmiley says: Feb 18, 2016 4:39 PM

    ab420420 says:
    Feb 18, 2016 11:52 AM

    This is why the Dolphins’ seasons are over by Thanksgiving. Major holes on defense and their best pass rusher is about to walk, but they’re talking extension with a 34 year old coming off of a major leg injury instead of talking his resources and filing LB and DB holes

    You clearly didn’t watch any Dolphin games this year. Cam Wake was the only one producing on the DL. It wasn’t until Cam was done for the year that OV started balling.

  28. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 18, 2016 4:42 PM

    ballin99999 says:
    Feb 18, 2016 9:01 AM
    Another genius move by Stephen Ross….it’s always smart to think long term about a 30 year old guy coming off a blown Achilles and whose game has always been about quickness off the ball.
    ————
    Right. Ross draws up and negotiates contracts, does player evaluations (including making the draft day and FA decisions), coaches (all positions), and serves beer at the stadium (while telling Gase which plays to run). Now I understand how people think he’s the blame for everything.

  29. mister305miami says: Feb 18, 2016 5:23 PM

    Maybe restructure for very cheap but Vernon should be the main focus point. 25 years old and he’s getting better each year. Shelby isn’t chicken scraps so let him play more. Wake over with serious injury isn’t smart move to resign. I’d cut and take the extra money and pay Vernon. This awesome pass rush sucked last year regardless. Wake came on in a 3 game streak but looked who we played and figure this injury into the factor. Team needs lots of work starting lb to cb.

  30. 1986wake says: Feb 18, 2016 5:38 PM

    Amen I have been screaming this for months. Resign wake got drop cap number. Restructure suh. Use that money to keep OV. And get a good guard in free agency. Use first pick on linebacker. Preferably the kid out of notre dame. Even if he had a redshirt this kid is a beast. If it wasn’t for injury he would be a top five pick. Cam wake will be a baller this guy take care of his self like none other. The defensive line actually caught fire about week 3-4 before wake got hurt. Stop behind so damn instinct oatmeal and give this d-line some time. Oh second round draft a d tackle. Deepest position in the draft.

  31. fanofpft says: Feb 18, 2016 8:39 PM

    Well Wake was hurt at the start of the season (along with OV) He got all his sacks in just the two games he was at his healthiest. The guy has averaged 10 sacks a season spread out over his career.

    Try to extend him 2 years let him retire with class. Move him into a 3rd down/obvious pass situation specialist. I already wanted the team to rotate backs more (see Shelby) but Philbin like most coaches are afraid to play younger players.

    And they say he is healed already.

  32. scottehoule says: Feb 19, 2016 5:43 AM

    As a Dolphins fan, who doesn’t like Cam Wake? He’s been great. But at this point in his career, is he worth signing to an extension? Most likely not. Certainly not if it means not being able to retain both Miller and O.V. if you want to get better as a team and as an organization, and it kills me to say this, Miami needs to mimic N.E. on this one and let the player go a year to soon rather than a year to late. Which is exactly why I see Cam back in Miami next year. Ross, who I think takes a lot of undeserved ridicule for trying to please his fans, will keep Wake around because he thinks that is what the fan base wants. The fan base wants a championship. Signing Wake to an extension and then losing O.V. and/or Miller is not the best way to win a championship. Keep/pay the young talent and let Wake walk.

  33. cvgibbs says: Feb 21, 2016 4:35 PM

    Extend Wake, resign Vernon, draft another puss rusher and PLEASE fix the offensive line

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