NASHVILLE – The Titans headed into free agency looking to boost their pass rush.
Enter Cameron Wake.
The Titans on Friday officially agreed to terms with Wake, a pass-rushing defensive end who has 98 career sacks, all with the Miami Dolphins.
Wake, 37, has posted double-digit sack totals in five of his 10 NFL seasons, including a 10.5-sack season in 2017. Wake recorded six sacks in 2018 while playing limited snaps. He recorded 360 total tackles, one interception, and 22 forced fumbles in addition to his 98 sacks during his time with the Dolphins. Wake’s 98 sacks are the second-most ever by a player in a Dolphins uniform, behind only Jason Taylor.
Wake (6-3, 263) played in 146 games with 125 starts with the Dolphins. Wake is a five-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016) and a four-time Associated Press All-Pro (first team 2010 and 2012; second team 2014 and 2016).
He was named one the franchise’s 50 greatest players on the Miami Dolphins 50th Season All-Time Team.
Also in Miami, Wake was twice named the winner of the Don Shula Leadership Award, and he was the 2016 recipient of the Dolphins Ed Block Courage Award after he tore his Achilles’ tendon midseason in 2015. When he returned, he continued to harass quarterbacks.
The Titans believe he’ll be a nice addition on a team with some young pass rushers, a group that includes rising second-year edge rusher Harold Landry.
Wake is regarded as a hard-worker who will bring a veteran presence to the Titans.
He’s also proven he can still get after the quarterback.
Wake’s six sacks in 2018 came despite playing less than 50 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. Since 2006, Wake has posted the second highest pressure percentage (16.7 %) in the NFL, behind only Von Miller (17.1), according to Pro Football Focus. Wake generated 54 pressures on 313 pass-rushes in 2018, per PFF. On 517 defensive snaps last season, Wake recorded an overall grade of 81.6 and was among the league’s most productive pass rushers, per PFF.
Heading into free agency, the Titans needed more help from a pass rushing standpoint following the retirement of Brian Orakpo, during an offseason when veteran Derrick Morgan became an unrestricted free agent.
Wake not only has a heck of a resume. He also has plenty of experience that should help the team’s younger players develop.
Wake, who began his NFL career with the Dolphins in 2009, racked up 14 sacks in 2010, 15 sacks in 2012, 11.5 sacks in 2014, and 11.5 sacks in 2016 before his 10.5-sack season in 2017.
Wake started 14 games for the Dolphins in 2018, with 14 starts, and tallied 36 tackles, 17 quarterback hits, six sacks, five tackles for loss, and a pass deflection in addition to his six sacks.
Before joining the Dolphins, Wake played two seasons in the Canadian Football League in 2007-08, and he recorded 39 sacks over those two seasons while earning Western Division All-Star honors as well as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award both years.
Wake, who played at Penn State, initially joined the Giants in April 2015, but he was released before the season.
He decided to wear the No. 91 to remind himself NFL teams invited 90 players to minicamp that were better than him.
After jumpstarting his career in the CFL, Wake’s NFL career took off, and the Titans now hope he’ll continue to make an impact in Tennessee.
TitansOnline.com looks back at the NFL career of former Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, who signed with the Titans as an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photos)