On Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins held their first offseason conditioning workout. This is the Dolphins first organized team activity since the 2011 season ended and the first activity under new coach, Joe Philbin. It’s officially a new era in Miami with a new coaching staff that is eager to get to work making the Dolphins a better team. Excitement and hope are in the air. However, one notable Dolphins player was absent from the team’s first day of offseason conditioning, which of course is the most newsworthy happening of the day.
Cameron Wake, who happens to be the Dolphins best defensive player, did not attend the team’s first offseason workout. As Armando Salguero said on Twitter, Wake was a no-show “as a form of protest that a contract extension is not close to done.” Great, more good publicity for the Dolphins front office. Wake is scheduled to make a salary of $650,000 in 2012, which would be a bargain for the Dolphins. He would also be the 31st highest paid Dolphins player…..After watching Mario Williams land a HUGE contract from the Bills, Wake knows he’s worth more than 10 times the salary he’ll be paid in 2012.
You can certainly understand Wake’s protest. If you were getting paid less than 1/10 of what your colleagues were making (for doing as good, if not better work), wouldnt’ you be pissed? For comparison of just how good Cameron Wake was last year, check out this stat from the NFL.com article:
“…last year he (Wake) had an aggregate of 90 sacks, QB hits, QB pressures, and holding penalties drawn, according to ProFootballFocuss — by far most in the NFL. (Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, who makes $14 million a season, was second in the NFL, with a total of 74 such plays).”
Look, it’s only one offseason workout that Cameron missed. I’m not overly concerned at this point. However, if he starts missing training camp practices, THEN there’s a problem. The Dolphins currently have about $6.4 million in cap room and could create more by extending/restructuring Jake Long’s contract that is set to expire after 2012. If Wake does not agree to an extension with the Dolphins, he will become a free agent after the 2012 season. The Dolphins could use their franchise tag on Wake, but that might just make the situation worse. It will be interesting to see what happens with the negotiations, but at this point, it doesn’t appear that the Dolphins and Wake are anywhere near having a done deal.