Reporting Tim Kephart
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DAVIE, Fla. (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins opened their first mini-camp in two years Tuesday morning. The biggest question wasn’t who was there, but who was missing.
Star outside linebacker Cameron Wake was not in attendance for the Fins’ first minicamp. It’s not a surprise because Wake, who has turned into one of the most dominating outside linebackers in the game is unhappy with his current contract.
Wake will make $615,000 in 2012, but he wants a long-term contract with the team that is in line with how he has vastly outplayed his first contract. He’s pulled down 28 sacks in his first three seasons and wants a pay raise.
Still, he took part in conditioning workouts last week, though he missed the first week of those as well, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
From the Dolphins point of view, they may be waiting to see how Wake adjusts to his new position as a defensive end. If Wake continues to be dominant with his hand down, his contract could cost even more.
On the flip side, if Wake struggles as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense, his contract cost will go down. But, given that Wake had huge success as a 4-3 end in the CFL; the Fins are pretty confident he’ll be a star player at end as well.