Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay has been connected to the Buffalo Bills in free agency for more than two weeks now, even before Miami placed the transition tag on him, giving them the right to match any offer sheet that Clay signs this spring.
The Bills-in-on-Clay rhetoric rekindled this past weekend, with the Bills seemingly undeterred by that transition tag, and now that free agency is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. ET this afternoon, it's reaching a fever pitch.
I didn't hear that. Top focus on Clay. Then others, incl Bulaga depending on how FA breaks. RT @Bilzfanrik80 true they're courting crabtree?— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) March 9, 2015
Mentioned on @FOXSportsLive just now I'm not expecting the transition tag to scare the Bills in their pursuit of Dolphins TE Charles Clay.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 10, 2015
Bills are preparing to make an offer to Miami TE Charles Clay, who is on transition tag. Also hope to sign former Vikes FB Jerome Felton— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 10, 2015
Internally, Bills would consider it a victory to land Dolphins TE Charles Clay and little else. That's how badly they want him.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) March 10, 2015
Clarification on last tweet: Bills WANT more than Charles Clay and will pursue more. They got Felton. But Clay is their free-agency prize.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) March 10, 2015
Charles Clay is visiting Buffalo to look for potential places to live, so he's feeling positive about #Bills' chances of landing him.— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) March 10, 2015
From the sound of it, now that the Bills have taken care of LeSean McCoy and Jerry Hughes, Clay, the 26-year-old former seventh-round pick out of Tulsa with career totals of 161 receptions, 1,809 yards, and 14 touchdowns, is the team's next priority.