There is an AFC East game of chicken going on right now, and tight end Charles Clay is right in the middle of it. The Miami Dolphins placed the transition tag on Clay, giving him a $7.071 million salary for 2015, but allowing him the right to hit the free agent market and see what else is available. The Dolphins get the right of first refusal, thanks to the transition tag, meaning they can match any offer to which Clay agrees within a week of him signing the offer sheet.
Enter the other side of the AFC East stare down, where the Buffalo Bills are expected to make Clay an offer he cannot refuse. The deal the Bills will put on the table will likely make it very difficult for Miami, who is signing Ndamukong Suh to a big money contract and is already limited in their salary cap space, to be able to find the room for Clay.
Dolphins' salary cap magician Dawn Aponte could find a way to make it work, but the Bills, at this point, seem to believe once they make whatever offer they are considering, they will keep Clay. For his part, Clay has openly stated he wants to stay in Miami; the money the Bills could throw at him may change him mind.
In four seasons with the Dolphins, Clay, who was the team's sixth-round pick in 2011, has appeared in 58 games, recording 161 receptions for 1,809 yards and 14 touchdowns. He had a down year in 2014, recording 58 catches for 605 yards and three touchdowns, all below his 2013 total, but he also missed two games and was slowed by various injuries throughout the season.
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