Cameron situation leaves plenty of questions
It turns out that tight end Jordan Cameron and the Cleveland Browns didn’t fit.
Hours after an NFL Network reporter tweeted Thursday that Cameron would be returning to the Browns, the 2013 Pro Bowler inked a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.
The tweet by Ian Rapoport even had numbers — two years, $15 million — which left Browns fans wondering what really happened.
The Browns haven’t shown much interest in external high-dollar free agents this week, so bringing back Cameron would have made sense. Instead, he goes to Miami to try to move past a 24-catch 2014 season and get back to his 2013 form, when a hot start propelled him to 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns with the Browns.
It’s always about the money, but the Browns need anybody who can catch passes, draw extra attention from defenses and still beat those defenses. Cameron is just 26 and can still play for a bigger contract he had to wait his turn in a tight end market that saw Julius Thomas get a bunch of money and Jimmy Graham get surprisingly traded to Seattle.
He’s had three concussions in his NFL career, which may have caused some suitors to hesitate. The reported numbers for Cameron and the Dolphins are the same two years, $15 million previously tweeted about a Browns deal that didn’t happen.
The tight end market wasn’t just set by Graham and Thomas. Charles Clay got the transition tag from the Dolphins, meaning the starting point for the Browns, Bills or any other suitor is going to be upwards of $8 million annually.
The Dolphins haven’t yet pulled the tag from Clay, 26, who previously visited the Bills. Maybe the Browns up the ante now. Maybe the Browns had given up on bringing Cameron back. Maybe we’ll never know. Cameron has a new team and a new start. The Browns’ search for playmakers will continue.