All of a sudden, it looks like the Buffalo Bills are just consistent quarterback play away from making some big noise during the 2015 season.
While it is still undecided who will be taking the snaps under center, at least whoever does will have a brand new target to throw to.
The Bills busy off-season continues, as multiple media reports have emerged that the Miami Dolphins will not match the Bills five-year, $38 million contract that they made to Clay just days ago, making the 26-year old tight end Buffalo bound.
It was an interesting past few days for Buffalo, who had to come up with a creative way to sign the emerging tight end.
The Dolphins found themselves in some cap trouble, especially next off-season with big hits on the way, and Buffalo had to create a creative offer large enough and structured in a way that would chase Miami away.
They were able to do just that in the five-year deal they submitted to the transition-tagged player that also includes more than $20 million guarenteed and $24.5 million in payment over the first two years of the deal.
For the Bills, they get a up-and-coming, versatile tight end, who will be a perfect fit in new offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s system and can line up all over the field. The fifth-year pro has hauled in 161 receptions for 1,809 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career.
In Miami, they feel pretty confident in what they have at the position in free-agent signee Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims. Clay became a very pricey commodity that the Dolphins felt was too expensive and ultimately replaceable.
Because of the tag the team used, the Dolphins had a chance to match the Bills offer within five days, but will receive no compensation (other than saving $7.071 in cap space) now that Clay is moving on.
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