The Buffalo Bills’ courtship of Charles Clay feels like it’s lasted longer than a Kardashian marriage.
Whether the Miami Dolphins’ tight end actually gets hitched to a new team is now up to his old one.
The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci reported Tuesday night that Clay has signed an offer sheet from the Bills. The Dolphins now have five days under the terms of the transition tag to decide whether they want to match the offer – which Carucci reported is for five years and up to $38 million, with $20 million in guarantee – or let Clay go to their AFC East rivals.
That per-year average of $7.6 million would make Clay the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL, behind only Seattle’s Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Jacksonville’s Julius Thomas ($9.2 million) and Amherst native Rob Gronkowski of New England ($9 million).
While #Claywatch, as it’s become known on Twitter, dragged on, the Bills made a move earlier Tuesday to free up some salary cap space to help in pursuit of their prized tight end.
Veteran guard Kraig Urbik agreed to take a pay cut, reducing his base salary for 2015 from $2.65 million to $1.075 million. The move, along with the shifting around of some bonus money Urbik can earn, will save the Bills $1.55 million against the 2015 salary cap.
While the Bills’ cap space is fluid at the moment, records from the National Football League Players Association showed the team with a little more that $16 million available as of Tuesday. That does not include a contract for wide receiver Percy Harvin, which is believed to be agreed upon between the team and player, but has yet to be announced or appear in the NFL’s official transactions, which are published every afternoon.