Despite the interest from the Buffalo Bills, tight end Charles Clay remains in the Miami Dolphins’ plans and they are expecting to re-sign him, per reports. With the interest from other teams, it is expected that Clay’s price might rise up, especially with a weak year for tight ends in free agency and in the draft. Originally it was expected that Clay would sign for around $4 million per year, but now a deal of $5+ million per year would not be unrealistic.
At 26 years old, Clay is one of the Dolphins’ most dynamic players when he is healthy and has been a key part of Miami’s team during the last two seasons. He has registered for 127 passes for 1,364 yards, and nine touchdowns, over the past two seasons, although a nagging knee injury slowed him slightly in 2014.
Given Clay’s age, production and relative good health, he is expected to come away with an excellent deal, though it would be surprising if he was to sign somewhere other than in Miami.
Fantasy Insight: Clay isn’t a world-beater athlete but he’s a reliable receiver and versatile option in the passing game. Miami won’t want to let him go, as the absence of a reliable target could negatively impact the development of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Staying in Miami is probably best for Clay’s fantasy outlook, and if he can avoid injuries in 2015 he could easily climb back towards his 2013 production (69 catches, 759 yards and six scores).