Jordan Cameron had a breakout year in 2013, catching 80 passes for 917 yards and 7 touchdowns, after playing just 398 snaps and catching 26 passes in his first 2 seasons in the league. Cameron didn’t match that production in 2014 though, as he missed 6 games and caught just 24 passes for 424 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cameron heads into free agency as a one year wonder with a concerning concussion history and no full 16 game seasons played.
Even his 2013 season wasn’t as good as his numbers looked as he was fortunate enough to be on one of the pass heaviest teams in the NFL. His 1.47 yards per route run was 19th among eligible tight ends. Sure poor quarterback play hurt him, but I’d argue that the amount the Browns passed that season helped him more than his quarterback play hurt. After all, the Browns finished 11th in the NFL in passing yards that season. He’s also graded out below average as a run blocker in each of the last 3 seasons, including 60th out of 67 eligible in that facet in 2014.
I had him as a candidate to get overpaid this off-season and, sure enough, he did. This 7.5 million dollar annual salary is tied for 4th highest in the NFL. The thing I do like about this deal is it’s only a two-year deal (15 million total) and there’s likely no guaranteed money beyond 2015, so it’s relatively low risk long-term. However, if they’re choosing between signing Jordan Cameron and signing Charles Clay to a similar deal, they’re making a mistake.