If you were to look at the Cleveland Browns offense Jordan Cameron's name immediately jumps out to you as the most reliable receiving option on the roster.
Josh Gordan is of course immensely talented but has off the field issues. Whilst the rest of the receiving options are distinctly underwhelming.
Last season Cameron had 80 receptions that he took for 917 yards and seven touchdowns at an average of 11.5 yards per carry. Unsurprisingly then one of the Cleveland's front office's key goals is to get Cameron signed up to a nice long contract especially, since he is now entering the last year of his rookie deal.
In the summer the chances of an agreement between Cameron and the Cleveland Browns seemed quite high. Reports have come out today though suggesting that any agreement might not be as simple as first though with the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporting that Cameron will look to play out his rookie contract which expires at the end of the season.
Should this happen the chances are that the Browns would simply utilise the franchise tag on Cameron and keep him for an extra year. This however would likely irk the star tight end somewhat. If you recall during the arbitration over Jimmy Graham's player designation (whether he would be paid as a wide receiver or tight end if given the franchise tag) Cameron pointedly changed his twitter bio from tight end to “pro-bowl pass catcher” which is how it remains.
Favorable Cap Position
It seems unlikely that it would ever come to this though. Unlike other franchises who have lost stars due to salary cap concerns the Cleveland Browns find themselves in a favorable cap position.
In large part this is because of the lack of cap space the Browns will have to invest in the key offensive skill positions in the next few years. First round draft pick Johnny Manziel will likely take over the starting QB role at some point this season. Despite, being the 22nd overall pick in the draft the contract Manziel will be cheap for a QB whilst he is on his rookie deal.
Even better for the Browns is the situation at running back. Nominal, now injured, number one running back Ben Tate is on a two year $6.2 million contract that allows him to be cut at the end of the season with little to no penalty.
That is a scenario that is now looking fairly likely given the form of rookie running backs Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell. The pair dazzled in week one against the Steelers rushing for respective per carry averages of 6.3 yards and 6.4 yards.
With the talent West and Crowell possess there is a good chance that both of them will anchor the Browns running games for the next few years and will be paid comparatively little to do so. The pair are only on $420,00 each for this season whilst next season West's salary increases to $520,000 and Crowell's by $10,000 less.
For Cameron and the Browns this means that there is much more cap space in play for him than there would be at most other NFL teams. No doubt his agent knows this as well hence the reports mentioned earlier that a deal is unlikely. Cameron's agent is simply trying to get the best possible deal for his client.
Bottom line, don't panic Cleveland Browns fans Jordan Cameron is going nowhere.