Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake skipped the first day of the team's offseason workout program today. While these workouts are considered voluntary, and Wake cannot be fined for missing them, his absence most likely points to a holdout as Wake looks for a new contract.
Wake is scheduled to make just $650,000 this season. Pass rushers with similar stats as Wake are making between $10 and $14 million per year.
"You want to be compensated up to the level of your play," Wake told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel this offseason. "I don't care if it's a reporter, doctor or football player. You want to be compensated fairly. That's something going on. I've got guys working on that and it'll take care of itself when it does.If Wake does hold out, that means the Dolphins are without their best defender. Wake graded as the top 3-4 outside linebacker in the league last year, according to ProFootballFocus.com. However, Wake cannot really afford to miss any manadatory training days, as the team can then fine Wake $30,000 for every day he misses.
"I always see the value in an offseason program. Whether it's sanctioned, elected, that's another whole long story. You're a professional athlete. You shouldn't need somebody to tell you wake up, time to workout. We're grown men. You know that at this date you need to be ready to perform in a football game. You need to be bigger, faster, stronger."