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Charles Clay | Tight End

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: Tulsa
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Bills No. 2 TE MarQueis Gray calls Greg Roman's offense "tight end heaven."
We wouldn't refer to Roman's scheme as "heaven" for anyone. Although Vernon Davis did catch 26 TDs in his four years with Roman, he was far more effective under Jimmy Raye. Still, the Bills' commitment to Charles Clay ($24.5M over the next two seasons) shows they're serious about using the tight end. Don't be surprised if Clay finishes second on the Bills in targets, behind Sammy Watkins. Jul 13 - 8:47 AM

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The Bills intend to use Charles Clay on all three downs.

The Bills showed how high they were on Clay by making him the NFL's highest-paid tight end over the next three years. He's going to be an every-down player and his ADP is currently undrafted. There's not a ton of upside given the Bills' offensive philosophy and quarterback situation, but 60 catches is within reach.
Jun 25 - 9:18 AM

Charles Clay said the Bills "don't want me coming off the field."

Clay better be an every-down player considering the Bills made him the NFL's highest-paid tight end over the next two seasons ($11.5M per). That doesn't mean he'll be a statistical force. Clay will block a lot in Rex Ryan's run-centric offense and when the Bills do pass, it will be spread around by shaky quarterbacks. Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods will be chirping for targets.
Mar 26 - 8:08 AM

Bills signed TE Charles Clay, formerly of the Dolphins, to a five-year, $38 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.

The Dolphins refused to match the exorbitant offer sheet, instead letting Clay, 26, head to Western New York. Miami recently signed Jordan Cameron to a two-year, $15 million deal and is happy with Dion Sims behind him. In Buffalo, Clay replaces Scott Chandler as the starter, but can do a lot more than his predecessor as a "move" tight end with the ability to line up in multiple spots. Still, making Clay the league's fourth-highest paid tight end at $7.6 annually and guaranteeing a whopping 52.6 percent of his contract is a questionable call by the Bills.
Mar 19 - 11:30 AM

Dolphins transition player Charles Clay signed a five-year, $38 million offer sheet with the Bills.

The deal includes a whopping $20 million guaranteed, and $24.2 million over the first two years. Per's Ian Rapoport, the offer is "structured to attack" Miami's cap space in 2016. The Dolphins now have five days to match. They will receive no compensation if they pass. It's the culmination of a week-long odyssey that's seen the AFC East rivals jockey over the H-back whilst remaking their rosters at tight end. The Bills cut Scott Chandler, while Miami signed Jordan Cameron. The Buffalo News previously reported there's a "90 percent chance" Clay ends up a Bill. NFL Network's Mike Silver reports the Dolphins' final offer to Clay was for four years and $27 million, and included $15 million guaranteed.
Mar 17 - 7:21 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation told the Buffalo News the Bills have a "90 percent chance" of landing Dolphins transition player Charles Clay.

We do wonder if this "source" is Clay's agent, using the Buffalo News to threaten the Dolphins into a higher long-term contract offer. The Bills are reportedly taking their time to devise a deal that the Dolphins would be unable to match. We still feel like this situation isn't predictable enough to make a confident forecast, but the Bills look like the favorites at this point.
Mar 16 - 5:39 PM

A source tells the Buffalo News that the Dolphins have "lost patience" and plan to move on from transition player Charles Clay.

The Dolphins are reportedly expecting Clay to sign with Buffalo. The Bills have still yet to extend Clay an offer sheet, but are attempting to structure a deal that Miami won't be able to match. There should be more clarity on Clay's situation in the next 48 hours. The Dolphins saved $9.9 million in cap space by trading Mike Wallace, but can afford to move on from Clay after signing Jordan Cameron.
Mar 14 - 9:17 PM

The Bills are still working on an offer sheet for transition player Charles Clay.

The Bills are trying to structure the deal so that Miami cannot match the offer, but they may have waited too long. With most of Mike Wallace's contract now off the books, the Dolphins can afford to match almost any offer the Bills put on the table. Clay will likely play his football in Miami next season.
Mar 14 - 2:02 PM

The Bills have yet to extend Dolphins transition player Charles Clay an offer sheet.

Multiple reports expected the Bills to make an offer to Clay on Friday. Buffalo remains the frontrunner to sign him, but will likely need to outbid a long-term extension from the Dolphins. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News recently reported the Browns have all but dropped out of the running for Clay.
Mar 13 - 6:46 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer says the Dolphins would like to use Jordan Cameron and Charles Clay the same way the Patriots used Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

Comparing Cameron and Clay to the unstoppable Hernandez/Gronk tandem is a stretch, but there's nothing wrong with giving Ryan Tannehill as many weapons as possible. Many teams use two-tight end sets, including the Eagles, who paired Zach Ertz and Brent Celek together last season. Similar to the way Philadelphia played keep away from Dallas with DeMarco Murray, the Dolphins may be trying to keep Clay so he won't sign with division rival Buffalo.
Mar 13 - 2:44 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins are still trying to sign transition player Charles Clay to a long-term deal.

It's easy to be skeptical after the Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron and acquired Kenny Stills, but keeping Clay would be in line with the aggressive M.O. established by football czar Mike Tannenbaum. There's no reason H-back Clay and Cameron couldn't be on the field at the same time. Meanwhile, Clay's Bills offer is expected to come down the pipe on Friday.
Mar 13 - 1:39 PM

The Bills are expected to have an offer for Dolphins transition player Charles Clay on Friday or Saturday.

Buffalo has been infatuated with Clay since the start of free agency. We'd be shocked if the two sides didn't put pen to paper. The Bills cut Scott Chandler earlier this week to make room for Clay. Cleveland still has interest, but Buffalo is the clear frontrunner. The Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron on Thursday, but appear to be somewhat interested in keeping Clay.
Mar 13 - 8:17 AM

Profootballtalk reports the Dolphins do not intend to rescind the transition tag from free agent Charles Clay despite Thursday's signing of Jordan Cameron.

The Dolphins are at least going to give themselves the option to match whatever offer sheet Clay ends up signing. The risk, of course, is that Clay simply ends up signing his $7.071 million tender. It's highly unlikely Clay returns to Miami with Cameron in the fold, but stranger things have happened. Cameron is a pure pass catcher, while Clay is more of a Swiss army knife H-back. The Dolphins could try to keep both and mix and match game plans.
Mar 12 - 9:21 PM

The Dolphins and transition player Charles Clay are working on a contract extension.

Now that DeMarco Murray has a home in Philly, the offseason drama shifts to Miami where the Dolphins are juggling tight ends. Jordan Cameron visited the Dolphins Thursday but Miami never stopped negotiating with Clay. Buffalo was hoping to overwhelm the Dolphins by giving Clay a huge offer, but Miami can win the upper hand with a long-term extension. This isn't close to being over.
Mar 12 - 4:35 PM

Dolphins transition player Charles Clay is scheduled to visit the Browns.

He left Buffalo without a contract. Before Clay signs an offer sheet, he's going to be the subject of a bidding war between the Browns and Bills. The Dolphins will then have the opportunity to match that offer sheet due to his transition tag. Miami has lined up a fallback option, pursuing free agent Jordan Cameron to tag-team with Dion Sims if Clay gets away.
Mar 12 - 12:12 PM