The Buffalo Bills are rumored to be very close to signing tight end Charles Clay, the latest addition to a rapidly improving offense.
The Bills have reportedly been working on an offer for Clay, who carries a transition tag from the Miami Dolphins that allows Miami to match any offer made to him.
But the Bills have had some leverage in the situation. The Dolphins just ate quite a bit of cap space with the signing of defensive lineman Nkdamukong Suh and already brought in a new tight end in Jordan Cameron, so the Bills might be able to offer Clay a contract large enough that the Dolphins would not be able or willing to match.
Clay paid a visit to Buffalo last week that raised hopes he would sign with the Bills, but several days have passed without an announcement.
That could be changing soon, the Buffalo News reported.
“A source close to the situation insisted Monday that, despite the inactivity since Clay’s visit to Western New York last week, the Bills’ interest in him has not wavered, and they are going to follow through with plans to sign him to an offer sheet.
The source put the Bills’ chance of landing Clay at ’90 percent.’ “
The delay in negotiations is rumored to be coming from the Buffalo Bills, who are carefully figuring out how much cap space they would have and what offer they would need to make to ensure Miami couldn’t match.
Charles Clay is said to be a favorite of Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, who has spent his first few weeks with the team making serious upgrades to the offense. Ryan has already added playmakers LeSean McCoy and Percy Harvin, and injected some competition into the quarterback race by trading for Matt Cassel and signing former Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor.
It was the Bills stagnant offense that held them back from the playoffs in 2014. The team boasted a top three defense and made it to nine wins, their best in a decade, but were held back by an offense led by Kyle Orton.
The Buffalo Bills appear to be already making room for Charles Clay. The team cut Scott Chandler, their most productive tight end since the Super Bowl teams, as he didn’t fit with new offensive coordinator’s, Greg Roman’s, power running scheme.
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