Some were questioning whether the 34-year old Cameron Wake would be able to come back after his season-ending achilles tendon tear last season, now it seems he's not only on the comeback trail, but he's even ahead of schedule on his rehab.
"He's really exceeded expectations, in terms of where he is and where our doctors thought he would be when he got hurt," said Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum. "Cam is the consummate pro, the consummate Dolphin, and we're lucky he's here."
Tannenbaum also stated that he was "thrilled" to be able to sign the veteran pass-rusher to a contract extension, which was for two years and $15 million dollars. The team remains optimistic that Wake will be ready to go by the start of the regular season.
“We’re thrilled we were able to do that,” Tannenbaum said of the extension. “Someone like Cam, he’s the epitome of what we want our program to be about, not only on the field, but off the field."
Wake is known as one of the faces of the franchise, and on top of being a fan favorite, he currently ranks second in Dolphins franchise history in total sacks, behind only Jason Taylor.
Fortunately for Wake, he likely won't be asked to take a prominent role in the defense, as Miami has several players ready to provide depth in Mario Williams, Andre Branch and Jason Jones, as well as players who were already on the roster like Terrence Fede, and perhaps even Dion Jordan if he is reinstated by the league.
Tannenbaum didn't comment on Jordan, stating it was a league matter.
Wake being ahead of schedule bodes well for Miami, as they'll be facing off against the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on the road and his pass-rushing prowess will be needed. Hopefully there are no setbacks, and Wake will be terrorizing quarterbacks come the beginning of the season.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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