Will Cam Wake Finish Career in Miami?
Perennial Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake no longer has just one year remaining on his contract with the Miami Dolphins. He now has two.
The Dolphins and Wake agreed to a contract extension, first reported by USA Today on Saturday, that extends his contract through the 2018 season. The total value of the contract is $19 million with $11 million of that guaranteed, according to the report.
What the extension also means is that there is a very good chance that Cameron Wake will play the duration of his NFL career in Miami. For Dolphins diehards, that is a circumstance that is beyond welcomed.
Though it isn’t talked about as much as say, the perfect season in 1972, Wake is one of the greatest stories in the history of the Miami Dolphins.
A linebacker at Penn State, Wake finished his collegiate career with 191 career tackles, 24 for loss and 8.5 sacks. After managing only practice squad status with the New York Giants in 2005, Wake headed for the Canadian Football League where he spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons playing for the BC Lions in Vancouver.
After dominating in the CFL, Wake finally got his chance with the Dolphins in 2009. The rest has been history.
Wake recorded 5.5 sacks in 2009 before breaking out with 14 in 2010. Sandwiched around 8.5-sack campaigns, Wake posted 15 sacks in 2012 and 11.5 in 2014.
After four Pro Bowl appearances in five seasons from 2010-14, it looked as though Wake’s tenure in the NFL, or at least in Miami, had come to an end in 2015. An Achilles’ injury midway through the year led many to suspect that the Dolphins would part ways with their pass-rushing specialist. That wouldn’t be the case.
Despite being 34 years old to start the 2016 season — Wake’s eighth in the NFL — and coming off a devastating injury, the former CFL star showed no signs of slowing down. Wake finished the season with 11.5 sacks, which ranked sixth in the league and third in the AFC, en route to being selected to a fifth Pro Bowl. For the first time in his career, Wake got to play on a winning team as Miami won 10 games and made their first playoff appearance since the year before signing Wake.
Wake’s 81.5 career sacks ranks second all-time in Miami Dolphins history behind only 2017 Hall of Fame inductee, Jason Taylor. With two seasons left in South Florida, Wake could become one of less than 35 players ever to hit the 100-sack mark for their careers.
The extension between the parties keeps Wake in Miami until he’s 37 years old. It’s plausible that Wake could play beyond that, for Miami or someone else, but that’s hardly a slam dunk. If we’ve learned one thing from watching Wake over the last eight years however, it’s that we shouldn’t ever doubt what he’s capable of.
Mike Ferguson is a sports writer and reporter for several publications and the Pro Football Spot lead writer for the Miami Dolphins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson