Dolphins' best bargains: Charles Clay

With the 2014 offseason officially in the books, it’s time to look ahead to training camp and games being played in the exhibition and regular season.

This week ESPN.com’s Dolphins blog is taking a look at Miami’s best bargains. Next up we have the Dolphins’ most productive tight end.

Bargain player: TE Charles Clay

2013 stats: 69 receptions, 759 yards, six TDs

2014 salary: $1.431 million

Analysis: Clay began training camp in 2013 as a fullback/tight end hybrid. He also was the backup to Dustin Keller. But a season-ending knee injury to Keller in the preseason opened the door for Clay to get more playing time and he took advantage. Clay was a steady force for the Dolphins that teams had to pay attention to. Clay had more touchdown receptions (six) than star receivers Brian Hartline (four) and Mike Wallace (five) last season. Clay is expected to be more improved in his second full season as a starter, which makes his $1.431 million salary modest for his level of production.