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Veteran DE Cam Wake latest Dolphin to depart

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Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The trend of Dolphins defensive lineman going elsewhere to get paid continued on Tuesday night. That’s when 37 year old veteran Cameron Wake agreed to an apparent three-year deal with significant guaranteed money to play for the Tennessee Titans.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the details late Tuesday:

Wake was allowed to test the free agency waters, as the Dolphins have been strapped for salary cap cash. And Tennessee aggressively pursued him trying to better a defense that was already one of the better ones in the AFC last season.

As we wrote on Monday, there are some signs of the Fins are trying to rebuild with youth and recover somewhat on their salary cap in 2019. And, that may mean sacrificing some victories on the field with new coach Brian Flores for this season.

However, the strong argument can be made that Wake was not going to be part of the future at his age, and especially at those numbers that Tennessee threw at him. This also, when he finished with six sacks and five tackles for loss in 2018. Still, his veteran presence in the Miami defensive meeting room can’t be discounted either.

Wake’s departure is yet another part of a defensive line in flux in South Florida.

Last March, former Miami regime’, led by VP of football Mike Tannenbaum, released in Ndamukong Suh in another salary cap move. Then, the Miami defense line struggled to do anything consistently a lot last season. Suh, ended up getting a one year deal with the Rams, and won the NFC championship.

Miami still has a decision to make on whether to keep pass-rushing defensive end, Robert Quinn for a second season at a hefty price tag. Quinn who’s 29 years old was acquired from the Rams last March, but Miami could save some $12 million  by making a move before free agency begins officially Wednesday afternoon.

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