Cameron Wake Deal Foreshadows Contract Year For Chris Long And The St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams have a looming contract issue with Chris Long, who will be a free agent after this season.

Miami Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $49 million over the weekend, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Wake was in the final year of a bargain basement deal well under what his 28 sacks in three seasons are worth in the league. Wake's situation sets up another comparison point for a deal between Chris Long and the St. Louis Rams as the defensive end enters the final year of his rookie deal.

Long's contract pays him considerably more than Wake's. After all, Long was the second-overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, when rookie deals were still north of the $40 million mark. Long's signed a five-year, $48 million deal. He has a cap hit of $14 million+ this season.

The Rams pass rusher said in a recent interview that he would like to re-sign with the Rams, and vice versa. As for what that will take, it may not be clear until next spring.

St. Louis would have the option of using the franchise tag on Long. They may have to use the tag next season with James Laurinaitis' contract also up at the end of the season. Though not popular with most players, the franchise tag is not an unusual step for hanging onto a blue chip player like Long while working on a longer term deal.

Wake's contract extension is less than what Long would command. Long had 14 sacks last season, and has 30.5 for his four-year career. His next deal will take shape in part based on his results this season, which should be very good thanks to the team's offseason moves to bolster the defensive line and the secondary.

The Bears gave free agent defensive end Julius Peppers a six-year, $84 million deal with $42 million guaranteed. The Panthers re-signed Charles Johnson to a six-year, $76 million deal with $32 million guaranteed. Wake's was a bargain for the Dolphins, and matches Long's rookie deal. Long is going to command a bigger contract than his first one, deservedly so.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker