The Miami Dolphins have been picking up some big players in free agency and through the draft this offseason, but none may be bigger than one of the players they already had. They have locked up star defensive end Cameron Wake through the next two years.
The Dolphins seem to be pretty confident in what the long-time starter can do for them after giving Wake a two-year extension not long after he missed half of the 2015 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Miami Herald reported that the deal locks the 36-year-old through the 2017 season.
“We are pleased that we were able to reach an extension with Cam,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum said. “He sets the right example both on and off the field, working his way up from an undrafted college free agent to a four-time Pro Bowl selection. We are excited how he will fit in this new defense and continue to be a key contributor.”
This is the first extension given to a player under new head coach Adam Gase. It is said to be worth at least $10 million guaranteed.
He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants in 2009, but was cut and eventually picked up by the Dolphins. He was 27 when he came into the league, but he has made the most of his last seven years.
Cameron Wake has recorded 70 sacks and 16 forced fumbles on his career. Before suffering the Achilles injury, he had seven sacks through seven games and looked to be well on his way to setting a new personal best for sacks.
After losing Olivier Vernon to the Giants this offseason, having the now eight-year veteran on the roster could be the best thing for the Dolphins. Could this be all they need to try and compete this year?