Today marked the first day of the Dolphins 2012 offseason conditioning program. Cameron Wake did not attend in protest of the fact he has one year remaining on his contract and wants an extension and doesn't have anything close to that right now.
Wake obviously deserves a new contract in due time.
The Dolphins want to give him that new contract in due time.
The question is what is the appropriate due time.
Wake obviously believes that time is now and he took this mild step to make his point. But here is the question:
How far is he willing to go to make the point more strongly? If he doesn't have an extension will he sit out OTAs? Will he sit out the mandatory minicamp? Will he sit out training camp?
As he increases the pressure he puts on the team by missing increasingly important dates he also loses traction in that he is obligated to be present, can be fined and, ultimately, is still under contract for 2012.
So this bears watching going forward.