The Miami Dolphins are rumored to be losing a big part of their offense, with tight end Charles Clay likely leaving after the team lost patience with negotiations to keep him on.
The team has reportedly decided to move on, according to Buffalo News writer Tim Graham.
Knowledgable source tells me Dolphins have “lost patience” with and “moved on” from Charles Clay. At moment, Fins expect him to be a Bill.
— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) March 15, 2015
The Buffalo Bills were seen as a likely destination for Charles Clay, even before Sunday’s revelation. The Bills still have some cap space to work with, and though the Dolphins have the right to match any deal offered to Clay, after signing Nkdamukong Suh to a huge deal they likely wouldn’t be able to match the Bills biggest offer.
If true, the move would be a boon to the Buffalo Bills. The team just missed the playoffs last season, largely because of its ineffective offense, and has spent the offseason upgrading the unit. The Bills have already traded for Matt Cassel and LeSean McCoy, and recently signed free agent Percy Harvin.
The Bills also cut Scott Chandler, their most productive tight end in nearly two decades, leaving a space that could be filled by Charles Clay. Chandler was a strong receiver but poor in run blocking schemes, making him a bad fit for new offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s power running scheme.
Clay caught 58 passes for 605 yards last season with three touchdowns. He posted his best season in 2013, when he caught 69 passes for 759 yards and six touchdowns.
The Dolphins had already moved to bring in one big free agent tight end, signing talented but often-injured Jordan Cameron. Despite reports that the Browns were going to be keeping Cameron the Dolphins were able to lure him away, signing him to a two-year deal.
On the Dolphins website, Jordan said playing with quarterback Ryan Tannehill was a big part of his decision.
“He’s young, and he’s willing to work,” Cameron said. “They were singing his praises all day long. It was definitely a big part of my decision.”
If the Miami Dolphins rumors regarding the departure of Charles Clay are true, it could mean an even bigger place for Cameron in the offense.
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