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Clay said he will be an every-down player in 2015.
This borders on being too obvious to mention, as the Bills lack other attractive options at tight end, and they just gave Clay a five-year, $38 million contract. It's only worth passing along because Clay doesn't have a great reputation as a run blocker, which is a pretty important skill on a team that lacks talent at quarterback. That reputation is probably overblown, as it's pretty clear that the threat of Clay's receiving is more important than whatever additional blocking chops the team's backup tight ends would bring to the table on early downs. Clay will have a big role in the offense, but the Bills may struggle to move the ball while deploying lousy quarterbacks behind a shaky offensive line, despite having a skill-position group that features LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, in addition to Clay.
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The Dolphins will not match the five-year, $38 million offer sheet that Clay signed with the Bills, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
While the Dolphins are content to proceed with a tight end corps headed by Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims, Clay now tops the Bills' depth chart at the position, on the heels of a 2014 season in which he caught 58 passes for 605 yards and three TDs in 14 games for Miami. Clay battled through knee and hamstring issues this past season, but assuming his health, he'll be a big part of the Bills' offense in 2015, with a decent boost in his numbers a reasonable expectation. The Bills are clearly banking on such an outcome, having made Clay the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL, per the Buffalo News.
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Clay has been offered a five-year, $38 million deal by the Bills, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.
Clay's deal reportedly contains more than $20 million in guaranteed money -- an enticing offer for the 28-year-old tight end. Since Clay is a restricted free agent, the Dolphins will now have five days to match the offer. Considering they just signed former Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal, it seems unlikely they'll consider competing with those terms, though they certainly have the cap room to do so. If they choose not too match, Clay should end up as the top Buffalo tight end option in 2015.
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Clay will likely end up with the Bills, the Buffalo News reports.
One source reportedly put the chances around 90 percent, even though Clay has yet to sign an offer sheet. The Bills are apparently still figuring out the best way to draw up a contract that will be tough for Miami to match, without drastically overpaying the veteran tight end. The Dolphins recently signed fellow tight end Jordan Cameron to a two-year, $15 million contract, so it would be a bit surprising if they decided to match a large offer for Clay. It's possible the Dolphins are just leaking reports that say they want to keep Clay, hoping to get a division rival to overpay for a player that will inevitably sign there. Of course, given Cameron's injury history and the possibility of relying on two-tight end sets, it's also entirely possible that the Dolphins really do want to match Buffalo's eventual offer.
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The Bills are expected to sign Clay to an offer sheet as early as Thursday, according to the Miami Herald.
Clay has been a hot commodity since the Dolphins signed him to an offer sheet earlier this month. Even if the Bills don't end up signing him to the offer sheet, the Browns are expected to. In any event, the Dolphins would have five days to match either offer sheet and would receive no draft pick compensation in the event that they let Clay walk.
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The Dolphins have placed their transition tag on Clay, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The transition tag gives Miami the right to match any contract that Clay signs with another team. It's somewhat cheaper than the franchise tag, with the number for tight ends approximately $7.07 million. The Dolphins hope to sign Clay to a long-term deal, but this does leave open the possibility that the tight end could end up elsewhere, though it would likely take an overpay to pry him away from the Dolphins.
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Clay is expected to re-sign with the Dolphins, The Palm Beach Post reports.
Clay had reportedly also drawn interest from the Bills, but all it ended up doing was driving his price tag up from about $4 million to an expected range of over $5 million. The 26-year-old tight end battled through a knee injury in 2014, but still managed to finish the season with 58 receptions for 605 yards and three touchdowns. If he remains healthy next year, it's probably safe to assume he will be able to best his numbers from the 2014 campaign.
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Clay (hamstring) had five catches on six targets for 45 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's loss to the Jets.
Clay's season ends with 58 catches on 84 targets for 605 yards and three touchdowns, figures that are all down from last year. Clay will now hit free agency, and after the team tried to bring in Dustin Keller, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason, last offseason, it's unclear if Clay will be back in Miami next year.
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Clay (hamstring, knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Clay is coming off an excellent six-catch, 114-yard performance in Week 16 against the Vikings and will now face off against a Jets defense that has allowed the third-most receiving touchdowns in the league this season.
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Clay (hamstring, knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jets, the Dolphins' official site reports.
On the heels of a six-catch, 114-yard effort last Sunday against the Vikings, Clay will now take aim at a very beatable Jets' pass defense in the Dolphins' season finale.