Dolphins don’t intend to remove Clay’s transition tender

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With tight end Jordan Cameron jumping from the Browns to the Dolphins, the Dolphins have a potential glut at the position.

Previously, they applied the transition tender to tight end Charles Clay, which makes him eligible for a $7.017 million salary.  If he accepts the tender, the salary becomes fully guaranteed.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Dolphins do not intend to remove the transition tender from Clay.

The details of Cameron’s deal aren’t currently known.  It’s possible that the contract was structured to give him a low cap number in 2015, so that the Dolphins could keep both Cameron and Clay under contract, shifting the focal point of the passing game from receivers to tight ends.

The Bills and Browns are believed to be interested in Clay.  If any team signs Clay to an offer sheet, the Dolphins would have a right to match the offer.  They’d receive no compensation if they decline.

34 responses to “Dolphins don’t intend to remove Clay’s transition tender

  1. Wow, can Dennis and Mike really pull away with both? Signing both Cameron and Clay, not to mention the big fish Suh, makes for a successful free agency period. Tanny, don’t mess this up.

  2. If healthy, this can be a lethal combo. A certain team in the AFC East once had a dominate two-TE set that included a traditional TE and and a hybrid/flex type TE who even lined up the backfield. They rode that set-up all the way to the Super Bowl. Luckily one of them was Scarface in cleats so that didn’t last long…

    GO DOLPHINS.

  3. Browns offer should be: 3 years, 8 mil per year, and guarentee to be highest paid TE om roster by at least 3m per year.

  4. Either buffalo doesn’t really want this guy at the price he is asking or there is something else going on. I find it hard to believe as needy as the Bills are at TE they would cut Chandler without a plan.

  5. Nobody will sign clay. The bills will just draft a TE in the second rd since there isn’t one going in the first unless Denver takes maxx Williams. Bills defense is good and they have a decent oline, WR and rb.

  6. Mike Tannebaum is exactly the type of Operations or contract personnel guy the Dolphins needed. He’s able to close the deal and get exactly what he wants. The AFC East might be the best division in the NFL next season but that’s another story.

  7. They’re just keeping the tag on to force buffalo into making an offer with a big cap hit this year, making their cap situation more difficult

  8. Geefan1: Browns offer should be: 3 years, 8 mil per year, and guarentee to be highest paid TE om roster by at least 3m per year.
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    I’m pretty sure the NFL nixed poison pills in contracts after Minnesota and Seattle did that to each other with Steve Hutchinson and Nate Burleson contracts.

  9. “so Miami will have Jordan Cameron, Charles Clay,Dion Sims 6-4 265 WOW”

    AND the injured rookie from last year, Arthur Lynch. 6’5″ 250, former SEC (George) TE with decent pass/block skills.

    If they can keep Clay, it’s easily the best the TE position has been for the Phins in 20 years.

  10. savagedolfan says: Mar 12, 2015 9:26 PM

    Wow, can Dennis and Mike really pull away with both? Signing both Cameron and Clay, not to mention the big fish Suh, makes for a successful free agency period. Tanny, don’t mess this up.
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    Tanny didn’t mess anything up last year.

    Defense, and in particular the run D dropped the ball the second half of the season, and are the reason Miami missed the postseason.

    Their run D should be better in 2015.

  11. I will be honest, I did not see this one coming. I thought Cameron would be signed if Clay signed a huge offer sheet with the Bills or Browns but the possibility of having two of them is interesting. This is what New England does that makes them successful. How will you play the 2 Tight Ends? Do you bring in a CB, which means you are outmanned against the run or another LB which means you are outmanned against the pass.

    Tannehill is a better between the hash thrower of the ball anyway which why this makes sense. I look for Mike Wallace to be traded soon.

  12. Yeevie13 you do not understand the transition tag at all. Not only do offering teams not have to offer him the 7.017m a year, they also do not have to structure it so it is that big of a cap hit. The only thing it does is give Miami a 5 day window to match any offer Clay may sign besides the tag.

  13. bufffan1112 says: Mar 12, 2015 10:17 PM

    The same Mike Tannebaum that destroyed the Jets. Now that funny.
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    The only funny thing is that you believe what you are saying.

    You mean the same Tannebaum who was at the helm when the Jets went to the AFC Championship 2 years in a row, not too long ago?

    Good or bad, it appears that he knows how to close the deal on what he wants.

  14. Buffalo needs to back away and call Miamis bluff. Clay is not worth more than a healthy cameron. They should offer something like 4 years 20mil, 8 guaranteed and backload the contract.

  15. I guess the plan is get rid of all WR’s, and then use only TE’s and RB’s in the passing game. Makes sense since Tannehill has a noodle arm.

  16. All these paper tigers in March. Ladies and gentlemen, your Super Bowl XLIX Champions, The New England Patriots.

  17. “All these paper tigers in March. Ladies and gentlemen, your Super Bowl XLIX Champions, The New England Patriots.”

    And they’ve only gotten worse since the new league year began. Good luck in 2015.

  18. Dolphins doing Clay and his agent (who messed up) a HUGE favor. By not taking off the tag, they are guaranteeing Clay gets 7.1 million a year. The Dolphins treated Clay right, which other players see and Rosenhaus owes us one.

  19. So they are going to pay an OFT injuried CLAY 7 mil a year…a 4 time concussed TE (cameron) 6 mil a year,,,a 3 time suspended child suh 114 million with a 2016 hit 25.8 million,,,and thats going to beat NE?
    You fools just mortgaged any chance you had..when the draft rolls around,,you won’t even be able to pay the kids you draft…two weak TE’s and personality disorder DL….yeah ok…

  20. Come to Buffalo, Clay! You’ll experience true fandom like you’ve never seen before! Go Bills! #buffalove

  21. docgordo says: Mar 13, 2015 1:03 AM

    “All these paper tigers in March. Ladies and gentlemen, your Super Bowl XLIX Champions, The New England Patriots.”

    And they’ve only gotten worse since the new league year began. Good luck in 2015.

    A paper champion it was handed to them. Addition by subtraction sure the pats are better now.

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