Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake's unhappiness with his contract hasn't dissipated, but after a one-on-one conversation with new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, the disgruntled pass-rusher has joined his teammates for voluntary offseason conditioning and workouts.
As reported by Armando Salguero for the Miami Herald, nothing is imminent regarding a contract extension, but it would seem that Philbin was able to convince Wake that it was in his best interest to join his teammates.
This speaks well for both Wake and Philbin.
On Wake's part, its impressive that he went in to speak with Philbin in the first place. So many guys take the "my agent handles that" attitude when it comes to their business dealings with the team, which tends to freeze them out from their teammates and coaches in the process.
From Salguero's report, Wake's agent Paul Sheehy spoke to this:
Cameron felt like he had to go in to speak with Joe Philbin face to face, man to man, out of respect to him as a new coach. They spoke, and Cameron decided to work with his teammates during this voluntary period, while I work on the business side of things with the Dolphins.
I really like that. He lets the agent handle the business side, but doesn't completely dismiss his relationship with his team.
As for Philbin, this has to be considered a mini-triumph for a new head coach who has seen an avalanche of negative press surrounding his new ballclub, including his former pupil in Green Bay choosing to go to Seattle and giving the reason that they are "led by the right kind of people."
Anyone who has ever spoken to Joe Philbin, which I've had the pleasure of doing twice, knows how smart he is and how much of a class act he is. It doesn't surprise me in the least that he was able to convince Wake that he should join his teammates.
When Philbin was in Green Bay, he worked with a team that had a near 90%+ participation rate during the offseason, and he knows how much that played into the Packers' success.
After an avalanche of negativity, Philbin has quietly scored a little victory for his new club.