January 26, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Sanders tight end Jordan Cameron of the Cleveland Browns (84) is defended by Team Rice safety Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants (26) on a touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Due to Jimmy Graham Case, Jordan Cameron Changes Twitter Bio

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Jimmy Graham lost his battle to be considered a wide receiver and not a tight end for his Franchise Tag. That loss cost Graham $5 million in leverage with his negotiations with the New Orleans Saints. One of the things used against him in his court battle was that he identified himself as a tight end on his Twitter bio. While a small thing, it could of made a difference in a ruling that went against him.

The Cleveland Browns have their own star tight end, Jordan Cameron, who also just happens to have a contract negotiation on going. Though his contract doesn’t run out till the end of the year, you can bet Cameron was watching what unfolded with Graham’s case. How do we know? Well shortly after the ruling Cameron changed his Twitter Bio from “Pro Bowl Tight End for the Browns” to “Pro Bowl pass catcher for the Browns.” Sports analyst Darren Rovell didn’t let it get past him”

Cameron’s response seems tongue in cheek as he realizes how small that issue should be. Yet for Browns fans it shows how difficult negotiations may be for them with Cameron. They have attempted to sign him to an extension but have been unable to do so. Cameron has signed a new agent which also causes problem in negotiations.

For the Browns they have to have some concern related to Cameron’s breakout season, can he sustain it? Yet if they don’t sign him now will they regret it next summer and have to pay more if Cameron continues his ascent? For Cameron the question becomes security versus risk. Does he bet on himself and health and go through the season waiting for free agency or does he take a good deal put in front of him?

The Browns will most likely Franchise Tag Cameron if things don’t go well. They will have a number of possible free agents at the end of this season, including Phil Taylor, Jabaal Sheard and Brian Hoyer. The team will try to sign as many as possible before the end of the season giving them leverage to place the Franchise Tag on whatever player they haven’t signed yet.

What do you think of the Jimmy Graham case? Think he should be treated like a tight end or receiver in relation to the Franchise Tag?

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  • trinity

    They didn’t buy it for Graham, and they aren’t going to buy it for Cameron either. He can call himself a pro-bowl green Martian from mars, but when it comes time to negotiate, he’s a tight end just like Graham lol.

  • Stevie Adams

    the franchise tag by position rule is stupid. i mean i understand why they have it, but come on. if a guy is able to produce on the field, give him what he’s earned. jordan cameron is a vital part to the browns.

    • Jared Mueller

      What he and his agent believe he has earned and what the team will try to negotiate always will look different. Team has to figure out how to build a whole team not just keep one player happy. Saying that, how much do you think he’s earned?

      • Stevie Adams

        honestly, i think hes got potential to earn a lot more in the coming years. i think hes worth around 8 mill guaranteed plus incentives to maybe earn up to11 mill. that all being in perspective and relative to what pro athletes make.

  • Joe

    Graham’s loss is an enormous gift to the Browns since Cameron may very well be franchised.
    The Browns will save enough*, because of this decision, to add another prime free agent or re-sign a key player who would have left.
    *($4.8 million difference for Graham and for Cameron next year, approximately.)