It took less time than anticipated. After signing Miami transition player Charles Clay to an offer sheet late Tuesday, Buffalo was expecting to wait the required five days for the Dolphins to match the deal.
They wound up having to wait less than half that time. Miami chose not to match Buffalo's offer for Clay making the 26-year old a Bills tight end immediately on Thursday.
Clay was at the top of Buffalo's list heading into free agency as he was seen as a difference maker for offensive coordinator Greg Roman's offensive scheme.
The now former Dolphin has been very productive as his role grew in Miami the past two seasons. Since 2013 only six tight ends in football have more receptions than his 127. Names like Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett, Antonio Gates and Jason Witten are those that come before him in the catches category.
He's also tied for the ninth-most touchdowns over the past two seasons among tight ends with nine between 2013 and 2014. Clay additionally ranks sixth in that span among tight ends with 653 yards after the catch and ninth in receiving yards (1,364).
His greatest asset as he now joins Buffalo's offense is his versatility. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman likes multi-faceted players and Clay's ability to line up outside, in line, as an H-back or in the offensive backfield will provide Roman with many different pre-snap alignments.
Clay now leads a tight end contingent that includes a trio of young, unproven players in Chris Gragg, Marqueis Gray and Chris Manhertz.
The Bills have been active around the free agency window in 2015, securing players by extension, new contract or trade.