Charles Clay signs five-year $38m contract with The Bills

Charles Clay looks set to leave Miami Dolphins after signing a five-year, $38 million contract with the Buffalo Bills’ on Tuesday night.

The signing means the Dolphins have five days to match the offer or lose Clay to Buffalo without compensation. Miami retained the right to match after awarding Clay a transition tag two weeks ago. The move ensured that Clay will make at least $7 million this season.

The Dolphins could be handcuffed by salary-cap constraints after making defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

The Bills made Clay one of their top free-agent targets this offseason. Clay traveled to Buffalo by private jet on March 10, the first day of the league’s signing period. He then spent several days in town to meet with team officials and tour the region.

Clay has been a four-year starter in Miami since being selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. He had 58 catches last season for 605 yards and three scores. Overall, he has 161 catches for 1,809 yards and 14 touchdowns in 58 games.

At 6-foot-3, and 255 pounds, Clay has the prototypical size and catching ability of a tight end that would fit the run- and short-pass oriented offense the Bills are introducing under new coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

The Bills, coming off a 9-7 season, have already been busy upgrading an offense that finished 26th in the league last season.