As expected, the Buffalo Bills are adding yet another new player: tight end Charles Clay.
The Miami Dolphins have decided not to match the Bills' offer of a five-year, $38-million contract to the tight end -- whom the Dolphins had given a transition tag -- allowing him to join Buffalo's roster, an NFL source told The Buffalo News' Tim Graham on Thursday.
The News also learned, from a Bills source, that neither the Dolphins nor the NFL had yet to contact the Bills Thursday regarding Clay. Still, multiple media reports said the Dolphins' decision had been made.
It was widely believed through league circles the Bills had structured the offer in such a way that the Dolphins, having already made big offseason investments of their own that consumed much of their salary cap, wouldn't be able to match. The $24.5 million Clay will be paid through the first two years of the contract were seen as the primary obstacle to Miami's ability to match.
New Bills coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman had firmly placed Clay at the top of their wish list for offseason shopping. They see him as a perfect fit for an offense that requires a tight end who is both a solid blocker and is an effective short-area receiver.
In four seasons since joining the Dolphins as a sixth-round draft pick from Tulsa, Clay has caught 161 passes for 1,809 yards (an average of 11.2 yards per catch) and 14 touchdowns.