Miami has started its free agent shopping a bit early this year, as they became the eventual winners in a reported 8-team competition for the services of DE/OLB Cameron Wake.
Wake (6'3", 240 lbs.) is a two-time CFL defensive player of the year. He was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the New York Giants in 2005. He has spent the past two years playing for the British Columbia Lions where he has racked up 39 sacks and 8 forced fumbles. He is 25 years old.
He signed a four-year contract worth nearly $3.6 million with nearly $1 million in guarantees.
Although the contract seems a bit lengthy for such a prospect-type player who may not pan out at the NFL-level, I think it's a relatively cheap investment for a player who could reap big rewards, especially as a pass rusher. I suspect the team will move him to outside linebacker, and it'll be interesting to monitor his progress there during the offseason.
The Dolphins also signed S Ethan Kilmer. Kilmer (6'0", 204 lbs.) was a college teammate of Wake's at Penn State and is also 25 years old. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2006. During his rookie season, he played in all 16 games, recording 18 special teams tackles. He will likely compete for a spot on the roster as a special teams contributor.