The Miami Dolphins and top defensive end Cameron Wake have agreed on a two-year contract extension worth $19 million. Wake’s new deal has $11 million guaranteed.
The Dolphins are trusting that Wake has recovered from his Achilles injury, which he suffered in 2015. That was a season-ending injury that time but the defensive end bounced back in 2016 with 11.5 sacks for the Dolphins.
Miami had to clear some cap space to re-sign Wake to the extension. They released defensive linemen Mario Williams and Earl Mitchell earlier this week. The team’s official Twitter account confirmed the Wake signing on Sunday. “We have signed Cameron Wake to a contract extension through the 2018 season!” the Dolphins posted on their social media account
Wake extends for two years with Miami
The team also announced the signing with a press release on their team website. Wake will be one of the veteran leaders for the team next season.
“The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed defensive end Cameron Wake to a contract extension through the 2018 season,” the press release stated.
“Wake had a remarkable comeback season in 2016 in which he earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection. Just one season removed from when he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in 2015, Wake totaled 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception in 2016.”
According to the release, Wake’s 11.5 sacks were among the leaders in the AFC and the NFL. It noted that Wake’s defense was crucial in the Dolphins late-season success. Miami made the playoffs with a 10-6 record but injury to their starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was big late in the season. The Dolphins lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-12 in the wildcard round.
Cameron Wake will be playing in his ninth NFL season later this year. He has played for just one team in the league after he was undrafted in 2005. He tried out for the New York Giants that year but was not signed to the regular roster.
Wake still valuable for the Dolphins’ defense
He played for the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League until 2008 before signing with the Dolphins in 2009. Miami was not the only one interested in signing Wake that time. The New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings also tried to acquire the defensive end.
For his career, Cameron Wake is credited a total of 288 tackles, 81.5 sacks and 21 forced fumbles. The defensive end made the NFL Pro Bowl team five times, in 2010, 2012 to 2014 and last season.
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