For the second straight year, the Miami Dolphins have used the transition tag on a pending free agent.
The team has announced that the tag has been placed on defensive end Oliver Vernon ahead of the deadline to make a decision. By using the transition tag, the Dolphins have the right to counter any contract offer he receives from another team before he decides to sign.
For defensive ends, the tag is valued at $12.7 million for the year.
Miami used the same tag last season on tight end Charles Clay, but ultimately decided to not match the offer of five years, $38 million that was made by the Buffalo Bills.
Vernon was a third-round pick of the Dolphins in 2012. In his four seasons with the team, Vernon has played in all 64 games, totaling 143 tackles and 29 sacks.
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