Cameron Wake made a name for himself with the Miami Dolphins, but will end his standout NFL career with another team.
Wake, a five-time Pro Bowl selection who has played 10 seasons with the Dolphins, is expected to sign with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, the first day of the NFL’s new league year.
Wake’s new deal will be for three years and $23 million, with $10 million guaranteed, a league source confirmed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Tuesday night. It was first reported by ESPN.
Wake, who turned 37 years old in January, was an unrestricted free agent not expected to be retained by the Dolphins this offseason, ending a storied career for one of the franchise’s best players.
Wake was not drafted when he finished his college career at Penn State. He signed a rookie deal with the New York Giants in May 2005, but was waived one month later, and began a short-lived career as a mortgage broker in Maryland.
He revived his aspiring football dreams by training and working as a personal trainer at a Bally Total Fitness in 2006 with his middle name, Cameron, printed on his work name tag instead of his first name, Derek.
When he got his first shot to play football professionally in the Canadian Football League, he made the most of his opportunity.
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Wake became the CFL rookie of the year in 2007, and a two-time defensive player of the year as a member of the B.C. Lions, opening the door for his prosperous NFL career at the end of the 2008 season.
Wake signed with the Dolphins in 2009, beginning a 10-year run that will surely see his name imprinted among the franchise’s Ring of Honor once his career comes to an end.
He wore the No. 91 to motivate himself with the mindset NFL coaches and executives invited 90 players to minicamp that were better than him.
It inspired a career in Miami where he became a four-time All-Pro, and was named one of Miami’s 50 greatest players during the 2015 season.
Wake played in 146 games with 125 starts with the Dolphins. His 98 sacks since joining the NFL are tied for first with Denver Broncos standout Von Miller, and second behind his mentor Jason Taylor (131) on Miami’s all-time list.
Even after tearing his Achilles tendon in 2015, which could have signaled the end for any NFL player, he returned to form to lead the Dolphins defense for the last three seasons.
Although Wake expressed interest to return for his 11th season in Miami, with sights set on reaching 100 career sacks, the Dolphins are moving forward in their plans to rebuild their roster with younger, cheaper talent in hopes of developing into a consistent competitor under new coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier.
Wake played in 14 games last season, missing only two games to nurse a reported meniscus injury in his knee. He recorded 36 tackles, 17 quarterback hits, six sacks, five tackles for loss, and a pass deflection, while earning $8,125,000 last season.
Now, Wake has a new NFL home, leaving behind a lasting legacy in Miami.
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