The Miami Dolphins and Cameron Wake’s representatives have already huddled this week about a new contract that would keep the pass rusher with the team in 2016 — but at a more manageable price.
That’s according to Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, who made clear at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday that the Dolphins hope Wake remains in the fold.
“We’ve met with his agent [Paul Sheehy] and talked with him,” Grier said. “We’re working through that right now. We’d love to have Cam here, for everything he give us and brings to the locker room as a player.”
Wake is due $8.3 million in base salary in 2016 — and would cost $9.8 million against the cap — which might be a bit steep. He turned 34 last month and is coming off a major injury; Wake tore his Achilles tendon midway through the 2015 season. He would likely have to get those numbers down to remain on the team.
As for the Dolphins’ other top pass-rusher, Olivier Vernon, Grier said: “We drafted him, we’d love to have him here. We’re working toward that, trying to get something done. We’ll see what happens.”
Vernon is set to become a free agent on March 9 if the Dolphins don’t sign him to a contract extension or a place the franchise tag on him (at a cost of more than $15 million).
As for running Lamar Miller, another pending free agent, Grier said: “We’d all like Lamar here. Not to sound like a broken record, but again, we drafted him, we know him, we spent a lot of time with Lamar over the years.”