Tight end Jordan Cameron has had three concussions in his NFL career; before he truly cashes in, he’ll need to prove that those issues are behind him.
His new contract with the Dolphins pays him handsomely to do just that.
Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Cameron will receive $5 million fully guaranteed on his two-year, $15 million contract, with $4 million to sign and a $1 million fully-guaranteed salary in 2015. The rest of his compensation for 2015 is tied to per-game roster bonuses.
It’s a whopping $2.5 million, earned one game played at a time in the amount of $156,250 per game.
So if he’s able to play, he cashes in — and the Dolphins become more likely to keep him around in 2016 at the other $7.5 million he’s due to be paid.
Meanwhile, the Browns apparently are miffed that Cameron didn’t sign a similar (but not identical) offer to stay in Cleveland. But a deal isn’t a deal until it’s a deal (profound, I know), and Cameron is hardly the first player or team to back out of a contract before it was finalized.
Besides, the Browns had plenty of time when they enjoyed exclusive negotiating rights to Cameron. If they wanted to sign him to a new contract, they should have done it then.