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Report: Miami Dolphins in talks to extend Cameron Wake’s contract

Cameron Wake is due to earn $8.4 million in the 2016 season but likely will have to accept a pay cut.
Cameron Wake is due to earn $8.4 million in the 2016 season but likely will have to accept a pay cut. AP

The only plot twist Cameron Wake’s remarkable tale needs is a comeback story.

It appears both Wake and the Dolphins want that to happen in Miami.

The two sides are discussing a contract extension, NFL Network reported Thursday, suggesting again that the Dolphins want Wake back — but probably at a more palatable price. The report stipulated that the franchise hopes to extend Wake before the league year begins March 9.

Wake, who turned 34 in January, tore his Achilles tendon in late October. Given his age and the uncertainty of his health, the team, at least a few months back, had some doubts about whether to pay him the $8.4 million he’s owed in 2016 — all of which would come off the books should they cut him.

The salary cap-strapped Dolphins were, however, open to bringing him back at a reduced rate. So it stands to figure that, if indeed he signs a reworked deal, it will be at a discount.

The team also needs to figure out what to do with fellow pass rusher Olivier Vernon, a pending free agent. Vernon is younger and played at a very high level after Wake got hurt. The franchise tag is an option, but a pricey one (roughly $15 million).

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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