But as the team winds its way through the summer, it has become clear to those in charge that the 34 year old is in better shape than anyone expected.
Tannenbaum added he was "thrilled" to sign Wake to a two-year contract extension.
Any time a player in his mid-30s tears an Achilles tendon there is reason for concern. Tannenbaum, however, didn't leave the cupboard bare. Mario Williams, Jason Jones and Andre Branch should be able to contribute. Former first-round pick Dion Jordan would be a bonus, though Tannenbaum said this week the Dolphins don't know when Jordan will be eligible to return.
When letting go of a player like Olivier Vernon, though, there is still an assumption that Wake can recapture some of his greatness. He had seven sacks through seven games a year ago and, remarkably, hasn't shown many signs of slowing down. He's been a versatile staple across Miami's front seven for nearly a decade.
For now, all signs point to that continuing in 2016.