Back in August, Jordan Cameron was upbeat about the possibility of quickly working out a new deal with the Browns. Now, league sources tell Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer that Cameron will most likely play out his contract this season.
Cameron, who might be out of action this Sunday against the Saints with a sprained shoulder, hauled in 80 catches for 917 yards and 7 touchdowns last season. If he can come near those numbers this season, he’ll have a compelling case for a hefty contract in 2015 and beyond. If Cleveland can’t sign him to a new deal, they’ll likely use the franchise tag to retain him for the coming year. The franchise number for tight ends in 2014 is $7.035MM.
Looking ahead, Cabot raises the possibility that Cameron could follow in Jimmy Graham‘s footsteps and try and claim that he is actually a wide receiver. Cameron certainly sees a wide receiver’s number of targets in the Browns offense and in the wake of Graham’s battle, he scrubbed the term “tight end” from his Twitter bio. The “Pro Bowl pass catcher for the Browns” could wage that battle next offseason, though the precedent of the Graham ruling could hurt his chances.