Olivier Vernon Reportedly Transition-Tagged by Dolphins

Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Olivier Vernon #50 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the Dallas Cowboys during the game at Sun Life Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Dallas defeated Miami 24-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have reportedly decided to place the transition tag on defensive end Olivier Vernon, giving the team the right to match any offer.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald first reported the decision, while Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed the move, calling it an "interesting choice."

The transition tag would pay Vernon $12.7 million, per Albert Breer of NFL.com.

It's a tricky situation for the Dolphins as it pertains to trying to retain Vernon. Spotrac noted the franchise is already spending more cap space on defensive tackles and defensive ends than any other position without taking Vernon into account. The contracts of Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake and Dion Jordan are the main reasons why.

Signing the 25-year-old Miami native to a long-term extension would further increase that burden.

There are plenty of teams that could use an edge-rusher who's racked up 29 sacks across 64 career games, and it's likely Vernon will see increased interest in his services. At that point, the Dolphins will have to decide whether Vernon is worth the cost given their cap issues.