Round 2: Wake Sits Out Voluntary Minicamp…Again
In case you’re wondering, no, this post about Cameron Wake ending a brief holdout just over a week ago was not false.
The CFL-star-turned-NFL-pass-rush-extraordinaire really did skip voluntary workouts to protest his lack of a new contract only to return a few days later without a new deal. It appears either Wake or his agent realized that by attending these workouts, he has no leverage over the Miami front office, so he has decided to sit out voluntary minicamp for the second time in as many weeks.
As I mentioned in the first post about him skipping workouts, this is still not technically a holdout since training camp is the first mandatory team activity where he would actually be fined for skipping.
The former Pro Bowl outside linebacker is poised to make $615k this season (the final year of his contract), which is good for 31st-highest on the Dolphins. Here are a few players from the 2011 Dolphins that made more money than Wake (in their 2011 contracts):
- Lex Hilliard (A fullback? Really?!)
- Dan Carpenter (AND A KICKER?!)
- Brian Hartline
- Steve Slaton
- Tyrone Culver (Backup safety)
- This Guy (A backup linebacker!)
- PAT DEVLIN (Not really, but imagine?!)
Luckily, the Dolphins were able to sign a backup tight end who hasn’t played football since high school (he’s 24 now) to a nice three-year deal. Oh, and David Garrard. Clearly they have their priorities in order.
Hopefully, Wake sticks with it this time and the Dolphins are able to offer him a fair deal before he misses any valuable time in training camp. At the end of the day, Wake is one of the top pass rushers in the entire league and frankly, he at least deserves to be paid as a mediocre one.