According to Jackson, there is “cautious optimism” that the two sides will be able to eventually get an agreement in place. Miami reportedly likes their young tight end tandem of Clay and Dion Sims.
Over the weekend, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reported that the market for Clay could start at $6 million annually, and he’ll either get that from the Dolphins or another team in free agency.
The Dolphins must be aware of this if they’re working to get a deal done before the start of free agency.
For what it’s worth, the Bills and Broncos have both come up as speculative landing spots if he’s able to meet with prospective teams.
Clay, 25, has played out his four-year, $2.152 million rookie contract and is set to be an unrestricted free agent this March.
In 2014, Clay caught 58 passes for 605 yards receiving and three touchdowns over the course of 14 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 tight end out of 67 qualifying players.
We have Clay listed as the No. 33 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.