"Hey, what's up Dolphins fans? It's your boy, Cameron Wake here. I just finished some business up. You've got me for two more years."
Just like that, the Miami Dolphins and All-Pro defensive end Cameron Wake announced a contract extension that keeps Wake under contract through 2017. Wake had been entering the final year of a 5-year contract he signed before the 2012 season, paying him $33.2 million ($8.3 million per year average) over the life of the deal. Wake was scheduled to count for $9.8 million against the salary cap this year.
We have signed defensive end Cameron Wake to a contract extension through the 2017 season.https://t.co/l3lyOmlTyC— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 7, 2016
According to ESPN, the new extension, which re-works the 2016 season as well as adds the 2017 season, is worth $15 million, with $10 million fully guaranteed. Reports indicate that the deal could reach a total value of $17 million if Wake reaches incentives. The exact break down of the contract's per-year salary is unclear, but should be designed to lower some of Wake's salary cap number this year.
"I'm really excited about what's on the horizon for myself and the Dolphins, and the whole family," Wake continued in the video released by the Dolphins announcing the signing. "I'm really excited to be a big part of this team, to go out there and make sure we win a lot of games for you guys. We appreciate the support. Keep it up, and we will do the same."
Wake, 34, is coming off a torn Achilles tendon this year, an injury he sustained against the New England Patriots in Week 8 last season. He had tallied seven sacks before the injury ended his season. Wake has been taking part in the team's offseason training program and the voluntary veteran minicamp, though he has been limited in what drills he completes and has been working with the team trainers on rehab work.
A four-time Pro Bowl selection, with one First-Team All-Pro selection, Wake has played 100 games in seven seasons with Miami. He initially joined the team as a free agent out of the Canadian Football League where he had played two seasons. Undrafted out of Penn State, Wake, then playing linebacker, initially signed with the New York Giants in 2005, but was released before the start of training camp. After two years out of football, Wake joined the CFL's BC Lions, where he moved to defensive end and was named an All-Star in both seasons with the team. He was also named the league's Most Outstanding Rookie in 2007 and the Most Outstanding Defensive Player for both 2007 and 2008.
Since joining the Dolphins, Wake has recorded 13 passes defensed, 16 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 257 tackles. His 70.0 sacks ranks second all-time for the team, trailing just Jason Taylor's 131.0 sacks. He is seventh all-time on the sacks list for the league among undrafted free agents and is 11th among active players.
"We are pleased that we were able to reach an extension with Cam," said Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum. "He sets the right example both on and off the field, working his way up from an undrafted college free agent to a four-time Pro Bowl selection. We are excited how he will fit in this new defense and continue to be a key contributor."
"Cam looks fine," Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Saturday. "He has been here every day working hard. Cam is a worker. He's a great leader. He's a great worker. He has been here every day. He looks fine. We won't know (if he will be ready for the season) until training camp starts. But if I'm guessing, he'll be ready to go Week 1."
Miami plays at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 of the 2016 season, with kickoff at 4:05pm ET on September 11.