Dec 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (42) scores a touchdown as Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds (93) stands in the background during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

NFL rumors: Will the Miami Dolphins extend Charles Clay?

Miami Dolphins’ tight end Charles Clay was a relative unknown during his first two years in the league but had a breakout season in 2013 and could soon be in for a raise.

Dallas Robinson of Pro Football Rumors takes a look at what kind of deal Clay will get.

He probably won’t match Kyle Rudolph‘s five-year, $36.5MM deal — Rudolph had a second-round pedigree, and the Vikings were likely projecting a big season for the fourth-year TE with the help of offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Further down the list of tight end contracts is Jared Cook‘s five-year, $35.1MM pact with the Rams, which now looks like a major overpay. Descend further, and find the contracts of Brandon Pettigrew and Anthony Fasano that probably set the floor for Clay — four years, $16MM, with between $4-5MM guaranteed.

Among tight ends, there isn’t a perfect comparable with which to juxtapose Clay. The best deal to view might be that of Martellus Bennett, who received a $5.1MM AAV over four years, with $5.215MM in guarantees.

That sounds about right for Clay, who made 69 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns last season. Clay was selected with the 174th-overall pick in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft. He has 111 career catches for 1,204 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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