- Jeremy Fowler, ESPN Senior NFL Writer
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The Browns have been prepared to make a competitive push for Dolphins tight end Charles Clay since free agency began.
Clay's situation is complicated -- the Dolphins transition tagged him at $7.071 million for 2010 (the average of the top 10 salaries among NFL tight ends), and now the Bills seem ready to price the Dolphins out.
Though the Browns have been quiet to start the new league year, they consider Clay a top target as a versatile tight end/H-back option for the team's new offense. Even if the Bills maintain the inside track -- Rex Ryan and Bills brass reportedly escorted Clay into town as free agency began -- the Browns believe the Bills deal isn't done yet and expect to be in play.
If an NFL team makes Clay an offer, the Dolphins have a seven-day window to match.
If the Browns and/or Bills make an offer, the Dolphins have seven days to match. The Browns, of course, have experience with the transition tag, using it on center Alex Mack and matching Jacksonville's five-year, $42-million offer in 2014.
Clay, who has 127 catches for 1,364 yards and nine touchdowns the past two seasons, could replace tight end Jordan Cameron.
But with the Bills cutting tight end Scott Chandler on Wednesday, perhaps they feel awfully good about their chances to obtain Clay's rights.
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