The Miami Dolphins reached into the Great White North to sign Canada’s top available pass rusher.
In the richest contract given to a Canadian Football League player jumping to the National Football League, the Dolphins signed DE Cameron Wake to a four-year deal that could be worth up to $4.9 million, including close to $1 million in guaranteed money, a league source said Sunday night.
Seventeen NFL teams expressed interest in Wake. He wound up visiting eight, and his decision came down to the Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts.
Miami gets a pass rusher who posted prolific numbers in the CFL. During the past two seasons for the BC Lions, Wake had 39 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder played at Penn State, where he was known as Derek Wake before he began using his middle name, Cameron.
Despite running the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at Penn State Pro Day, Wake was an undrafted free agent whom the New York Giants signed shortly after the draft. He went to the CFL in 2006, began to dominate and drew league-wide attention that resulted in him signing a record deal with the Dolphins.