Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphin’s star linebacker, did not attend today’s voluntary workout, as reported by Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. While Tuesday’s workout was voluntary, various reports are quick to point out that Wake has not missed any workouts, mandatory or otherwise, since joining the team in 2009. So us fans are left to ask the question: Will Cam Wake hold out?
If Wake remains absent from future workouts it would not be entirely unjustified. Cameron Wake was a pro-bowler in 2010 registering 16 sacks. Last season, while ranking among the top of the league in qb pressures and qb hits, he registered another 6 sacks. Despite his elite play, Wake is one of the most under payed players in the league, only scheduled to make 650k this season.
There is no guarantee the team will be willing to shell out the type of money players of Wake’s caliber often command. Mario Williams, you may recall, just signed a deal worth about 16 million per season to play for the Buffalo Bills. While Wake probably won’t be seeking that kind of deal,it is likely he will receive upwards 10 million dollars a year.
How long this hold out lasts will be determined largely by Jeff Ireland. He is responsible for negotiations with players. Wake is a fundamental part of Miami’s stellar defense, but how Ireland values Wake as a pass rusher will dictate the style of the contract negotiations. We all know Ireland likes to sign players at the value he feels they’re worth, often taking a hard nosed approach to ensure he doesn’t over pay for players.
Hopefully a deal can be reached that is fair to both the team and to Wake. His play the passed three seasons has been exceptional and he deserves to be compensated adequately for his body of work. That said, the team still needs to leave cap room to sign other free agents and its rookie draft picks later this month. We will see how the situation plays out as the off season continues. Phins Up!