Last week Cameron Wake, who skipped the Dolphins opening of voluntary workouts, made peace after meeting with HC Joe Philbin. He arrived at the training facility and began work. Today, the Dolphins hosted their first two day voluntary practice and 62 of the 63 players under contract “volunteered”. Cameron Wake was the player missing. The Dolphins did not release a statement, at least none that I have seen, regarding his absence.
Wake stands to make over 600,000 this year but is wanting a longer more lucrative deal. He is scheduled to become a free agent following this year. Wake had a breakout year two seasons ago but has struggled to gain the back-field sacks that he did in his first NFL season. Last year he drew more holding penalties (13) than any other player in the NFL. The closest sat at 7. Still, Wake’s production has slid a bit and that has some wondering if he has maxed his potential and whether the Dolphins are waiting to see more about how he performs this season before adding a new contract.
Still, the lack of showing does not send a positive message to a team that is desperate for positive vibes. Who knows, maybe the Dolphins told him to stay home so he doesn’t get hurt so they can trade him come Thursday night. Yes, I do realize that is a little far fetched by under Bill Parcells the Dolphins did the same thing with Jason Taylor prior to the draft as they tried to trade him during the three day affair.