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Cameron Wake Contract: Latest News and Rumors on Negotiations with Dolphins

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 18 Feb 2016

Cameron Wake has been among the top pass-rushers in the NFL for the past several seasons, and the Miami Dolphins may take steps toward ensuring he remains one of their franchise cornerstones for the foreseeable future. Continue for updates.Latest on Wake's Contract StatusThursday, Feb. 18According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins are in talks to sign Wake to a contract extension, which would open the door to potentially use the franchise tag on their other big-time defensive end, Olivier Vernon.Bleacher Report's Jason Cole recently reported Miami's possible interest in locking up Wake as well:The 34-year-old veteran currently has one year remaining on his deal.In seven seasons with Miami, Wake has registered 70 sacks, which has garnered him four Pro Bowl selections and one first-team All-Pro nod.He was on pace for perhaps the best season of his career in 2015 with seven sacks through seven contests, but hetore his Achillesin October and was lost for the remainder of the campaign.When asked about returning to the Dolphins in 2016 at the conclusion of the 2015 season, Wake said he expected to be "100 percent" by next season and that he would consider a restructured contract if he felt it was the best move for him, perAndrew Abramsonof thePalm Beach Post:"Whatever is the best thing obviously Ill take it in to consideration. There's a lot of things that are question marks on the team next year. So the scenarios are probably endless. It's hard to speculate. I've always loved being here and that's not going to change."Since the Dolphins are currently 28th in salary-cap space, according toSpotrac.com, some assumed that keeping both Wake and Vernon was out of the question.If Miami can somehow manage to restructure Wake's deal in a way that makes it more cap friendly, however, then it may have a chance to keep one of the league's best pass-rushing duos together.Committing a significant amount of years or money to an older player coming off such a significant injury is undoubtedly a major risk, but when Wake is healthy and on his game, he is the type of difference-maker the Dolphins need to be competitive in the strong AFC East.Follow@MikeChiarion Twitter.
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