28-Year-Old Tight End – Buffalo Bills
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Clay signed a hefty free-agent deal this offseason with the Bills after posting serviceable numbers the last couple years with the Dolphins. In Miami, Clay made due in an offense that had trouble stre...
Charles Clay Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $38 million deal with the Bills in March of 2015. Clay will receive a $10 million bonus with $24.5 million in guaranteed salaries: $3 million, $1.5 million, $4.5 million, $4.5 million, $4.5 million. He has a no-trade clause for first three years.
Clay's new offensive coordinator Greg Roman had starting tight end Vernon Davis on the field for 87 percent of the offensive snaps in 2014 and as much as 96 percent of the snaps in Davis' first season with Roman, BuffaloBills.com reports.
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Charles Clay: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)While the Dolphins are content to proceed with a tight end corps headed by Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims, Clay now tops the Bills' depth chart at the position, on the heels of a 2014 season in which he caught 58 passes for 605 yards and three TDs in 14 games for Miami. Clay battled through knee and hamstring issues this past season, but assuming his health, he'll be a big part of the Bills' offense in 2015, with a decent boost in his numbers a reasonable expectation. The Bills are clearly banking on such an outcome, having made Clay the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL, per The Buffalo News.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Clay's deal reportedly contains more than $20 million in guaranteed money, an enticing offer for the 28-year-old tight end. Since Clay is a restricted free agent and carries the transition tag, the Dolphins will now have five days to match the offer. Considering they just signed former Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal, it seems unlikely they'll consider competing with those terms, though they certainly have the cap room to do so. If they choose not to match, Clay should end up as the top Buffalo tight end option in 2015.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The transition tag gives Miami the right to match any contract that Clay signs with another team. It's somewhat cheaper than the franchise tag, with the number for tight ends approximately $7.07 million. The Dolphins hope to sign Clay to a long-term deal, but this does leave open the possibility that the tight end could end up elsewhere. However, it would likely take an overpay to pry him away from the Dolphins.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Clay had reportedly also drawn interest from the Bills, but all it ended up doing was driving his price tag up from about $4 million to an expected range of over $5 million. The 26-year-old tight end battled through a knee injury in 2014, but still managed to finish the season with 58 receptions for 605 yards and three touchdowns. If he remains healthy next year, it's probably safe to assume he will be able to best his numbers from the 2014 campaign.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Dustin Keller's knee injury in training camp last year opened the door for Clay, who went on to have a top-10 fantasy season at tight end. Clay is more of an H-back than a traditional tight end at an undersized 6-3, 255, but he is elusive in the open field and makes defenders miss. He totaled 382 yards after the catch last season, fifth among tight ends. And despite his stature, he still caught 10-of-14 passes in the red zone for five touchdowns, including 6-of-7 inside the 10-yard line for four scores. Clay should again see a large share of the targets, though second-round pick Jarvis Landry, a possession receiver with good hands, could potentially cut into his third-down work. Clay had a team-leading 18 third-down receptions last season with a third of his targets coming on third down. The passing game was mediocre last season, but a better deep ball by Ryan Tannehill -- the Dolphins ranked 26th last year with only 24 pass plays of 25-plus yards -- would give Clay more space to work underneath.
Clay is likely to compete with rookie Dion Sims as the Dolphins' No. 2 TE.
Clay was an intriguing project under the Tony Sparano regime. It remains to be seen how the Joe Philbin regime will use him. Anthony Fasano, current starter, may not be a fit in the new offense, so Clay could see more time on the field if he can adapt to the west coast offense quicker then Fasano.
Clay can play either fullback or tight end and could be a threat to Anthony Fasano if the Dolphins decide that TE is his best position in the pros. The Dolphins have not been happy with Fasano and Clay could possibly challenge for the starting position with a strong camp. That being said Clay could at least eat in Fasano's playing time as the season progresses but neither TE is a fantasy target as the Dolphins don't possess the greatest of offenses.