This is the part of the game that’s never easy.
The part when you have to stash your jersey and label it as a “throwback” because for one reason or another, your favorite player isn’t a part of your team anymore.
We’ve seen this before, more times than Dolphins fans care to admit.
Brian Cox left Miami and played for 2 division rival teams. (NYJ, NE)
Zach Thomas spent a year in Dallas after dominating over 10 years at MLB with the Fins.
Jason Taylor got traded to the Redskins and even went to an AFC championship game with Gang Green.
Now, it’s Cameron Wake’s turn to sadly wear another teams color.
On Wednesday evening, Wake officially signed with the Tennessee Titans for 3 years/ 23 million. (10 mil guaranteed)
At 37, and with the Miami Dolphins in a non-committal rebuilding phase, the team and the 5x Pro Bowler, decided to part ways.
While many fans have complained about the Dolphins direction in this current offseason, letting Wake go was ultimately the best thing for both sides.
It gives Wake a fresh start and to be with a more successful team while showing that he still has gas left in the tank. It also allows Miami to increase their cap room. The Dolphins have quietly committed to not taking a hard approach in free agency, and if the “Tank for Tua” talk is legitimate, there really isn’t a point of being big spenders in FA and overspending on a team that needs multiple pieces on both sides of the football. Been there, done that.
Even though time is inevitable and the Dolphins are looking to get younger and faster, this one still stings.
I’ve been a season ticket holder for the last 10 years of the Miami Dolphins and more proud to say that I’ve seen every snap from number 91. We were all witnesses in 2009, when Jeff Ireland plucked a built but athletic kid from the CFL that had superb speed around the edge. It didn’t take long for Dolphins fans to forget Joey Porter’s name with Cam Wake flying around the edge and quickly taking his job.
Fans will remember all those key sacks on Tom Brady, bringing him down more times than any active player. (12) and the Suh Sandwich on Bryce Petty that still has my ribs hurting whenever I watch the replay.
How about the Walk-off Safety on Thursday Night Football? I sat in section 306 and in a game that didn’t want to end, Cam Wake gave all the fans the perfect treat with a full moon on Halloween Night.
While Wake will sadly be added to the list of great players that never won a championship with Miami, he will most certainly be sporting the green jacket as a member of the Dolphins Ring of Honor and has provided us with memories that will last a lifetime.
Will he one day wear the gold?
We’ll most certainly be watching.
Good luck and thanks for the memories, Wakezilla!