Tight end Charles Clay is a good player and the opening of the unrestricted free agency period may prove multiple teams share that opinion.
According to multiple reports in the Buffalo News and Cleveland Plain Dealer, both the Bills and the Browns are prepared to make a run at the Dolphins tight end.
Clay was tagged as Miami's transition player for a $7 million price tag. But that does not prevent other teams from signing Clay to an offer sheet.
The Dolphins would have the option of matching any offer and keeping Clay but would get no compensation for not matching.
Obviously, the Browns and Bills would both structure an offer such that it would be prohibitive for the Dolphins to match. That comes from the Dolphins spending $114 million on Ndamukong Suh.
Yes, that move has cap repercussions and this might be one of them.
Interestingly, the Dolphins elected not to put an $8.37 million franchise tag on Clay that would have basically killed all outside interest in Clay because it would have required the Dolphins get a first round pick in return for losing him.
(The more intelligent move would have been signing Clay to a long-term deal that would have been more cap friendly than either the transition or franchise tag and would have guaranteed Clay stay in Miami. Obviously didn't happen with minutes to go before start of free agency).
By the way, Jimmy Graham, perhaps the best tight end in football, is being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for center Max Unger and a first round pick this year, per multiple reports. The rich getting richer.