Vernon Carey is not worried about his contract. Which expires after this season. The Miami Dolphins apparently are not worried either. According to his agent, the Dolphins have made no contact with them for a contract extension. Looks like it will have to wait.
Making just over 2.5 million this season, the last of his rookie deal, Carey stands to make himself a rich man come next offseason. A lineman who can play both right and left tackle? Bank! Carey grew up a Dolphins fan as he is from Miami, but that won’t stop him from seeking life and fortune elsewhere.
“It doesn’t matter,” Carey said when asked about pursuing a new deal. “That’s not important to me right now. What’s important to me is winning. I want to be part of a winning team. Winning!
“Of course I’d love to stay here. I’m from Miami and love the Dolphins. I admit I think about it, but I don’t like to think about [my contract] because I can’t control it. That’s out of my hands. It’s in [managements] hands. All I want to do is win.”
While the Phins have over 21 million dollars in cap space and some of that needs to be spent per league rules (each team must spend 80 percent of the salary cap) not working on a deal now will be somewhat expensive next year, should the actually decide to try and resign him.
Carey has played well, not stellar but well in his pro career since being drafted in 2004 by Rick Speilman. However, his play has not yet convinced the new Dolphins brass, that he is worth the kind of money that he will be looking at in free agency.