Jordan Cameron now in contract year
Jordan Cameron and the Cleveland Browns were unable to come to terms on a long term extension before the season started. As we enter week two there is still no deal close or in place so it looks like Cameron is now in a contract year. That means Cameron will be a free agent at the end of the season and a very likely candidate for the Browns franchise tag.
Tight end Jordan Cameron wasn’t able to agree to a new, long-term contract with the Browns before the season started, and will most likely play out his contract this season, league sources told cleveland.com. (Cleveland.com)
During training camp Cameron said that talks were going well but obviously talks weren’t going that well. If they were there would be a deal in place instead of Cameron playing for a new contract.
My guess is that things took so long to materialize because of the situation surrounding New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. That situation has many rethinking what a tight end is, enough so that Cameron changed his twitrer profile to read “Pro Bowl pass catcher”.
If the Browns decided to franchise Cameron, which is very, very likely, he would earn quite a bit of money for one year. The number for 2014 is $7.035 million, a number that is great for a tight end but less then top wide receivers. Players like Cameron and Graham fall in between the two, so this shows the complexity of negotiations.
There’s no doubt Cameron can produce when healthy. Unfortunately though For Cameron to get top dollar though he’ll have to do something he’s struggling with and that’s stay just that, healthy.
He re-sprained his right shoulder in Pittsburgh when he came down hard on it after a 47-yard catch on the Browns’ opening drive in Pittsburgh and hasn’t practiced the past two days. An MRI showed no structural damage, but on Wednesday, he stressed that he needs to be healthy to play.
“You can’t say, ‘hey, guys, don’t hit me,”’ he said. “It’s just one of those things, that’s why you’ve got to be ready to go into it, you can’t be 50-50 on it. It’s going to get hit, so you’ve got to be able to take a hit.” (Cleveland.com)