The Miami Dolphins utilized the rarely-used transition tag on Monday, placing it on veteran tight end Charles Clay. The use of the transition tag will allow other teams to negotiate with Clay as if he is a free agent, but will give Miami the right of first refusal in matching any offer. The tag will cost the Dolphins $7.071 million if no team reaches an agreement with Clay.
The transition tag's price is based on the average of the top ten salaries at each position from the previous season. It is a fully guaranteed one-year deal.
After being selected in the sixth-round in 2011, Clay has appeared in 58 games, recording 161 receptions for 1,809 yards and 14 touchdowns with the Dolphins. 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 hampered by various injuries throughout the season.
The transition tag does not guarantee Clay remains with the Dolphins, but it does make it so the team has the final say on whether or not he comes back. Another team could come in and overpay Clay so Miami cannot match the deal, but the team is at least trying to do whatever the can to bring back a key member of the offense.
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