Dolphins Notes: Cameron, Vernon, Wake

The Dolphins have approached tight end Jordan Cameron about restructuring his contract, reports Rand Getlin of NFL Network (Twitter links). Because Cameron is in the final year of his deal, Miami doesn’t have the option of converting any of his base salary into a signing bonus and spreading it across future seasons. Therefore, any reworking of the deal would likely involve a paycut, but Getlin adds that any reduction in Cameron’s overall compensation would probably be minor. Cameron, 27, currently has a $9.5MM cap charge for 2016.

Here are a few more notes out of South Beach, courtesy of Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald

  • The Dolphins placed the transition tag on defensive end Olivier Vernon, meaning he stands to earn $12.734MM on a one-year contract in 2016. And while Miami has the option match any offer that Vernon gets on the open market, Jackson writes that if another signs Vernon to an offer sheet with an annual value that exceeds that $12.7MM figure, the Dolphins may simply let him walk, and use that money to sign two free agent defensive ends.
  • Miami’s other starting end from 2015 — veteran Cameron Wake — is reportedly in talks to restructure his deal, but negotiations have not gone smoothly. Wake is 34 years old and due a $9.8MM cap figure in 2016, but per Jackson, the Dolphins have not threatened to release Wake if he doesn’t agree to a pay reduction. Additionally, the club has told one NFL official that Wake is in the team’s 2016 plans, and that they’d like for him to retire as a Dolphin.
  • Free agent Mario Williams was in town visiting the Dolphins yesterday, but Jackson cautions that the 31-year-old may be on a “sharp decline,” citing Williams’ lackluster numbers in Buffalo last season.
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