Jordan Cameron: Playing with Tannehill a “big part” of decision

AP

Tight end Jordan Cameron appeared to be headed back to Cleveland on Thursday afternoon right up until the moment things took a sharp turn in Miami’s direction.

His reported two-year, $15 million deal with the Browns became a two-year, $15 million deal with the Dolphins instead in a change of course that feels like par for the course as the league seems to be specializing in curverballs and changes of heart this offseason. Cameron spoke to his new team’s website after reaching agreement on the deal and said that the presence of quarterback Ryan Tannehill helped sway him.

“He’s young, he’s willing to work and he puts the hours in. They were singing his praises today. It was definitely a big part of my decision,” Cameron said.

There were surely other reasons, the lack of state income tax and a warmer climate come to mind, but the certainty at quarterback in Miami has obvious appeal when compared to both the current Josh McCown/Johnny Manziel situation in Cleveland and the overall lack of direction at the position that Cameron has dealt with during his Browns career.

64 responses to “Jordan Cameron: Playing with Tannehill a “big part” of decision

  1. After serving his time in Cleveland, Cameron could have signed with just about any team in the NFL and you could have written that headline, inserting the name of that team’s starting QB, and everyone would be like “Yep. That makes perfect sense.”

  2. A bad off season for Cleveland, if this free agency where compared to a fantasy draft, the Browns are the team that didn’t log on.

  3. Is it really prudent to sign a guy with multiple concussions that will consistently run pass paterns across the middle of the field?

    The AFC East teams, with the exception of the Patriots, are making a lot of risky bets. We’ll see if they pay off this season.

  4. As much as it sucks to see a guy with talent like that go, I cant blame him. The Browns had the second most cap space in the league, with big holes at QB, WR, DT, OG, OT wouldn’t hurt either, and the big signings are McCown and Hartline. Very disappointing.

    I know you cannot build your whole team through free agency but you can sure plug some holes up before the draft. If Ray Farmer doesn’t pull of something amazing in the draft this will be another long year and wasted offseason for the Browns.

  5. He has had one injury-free and concussion-free season in 5 years. Too fragile for the NFL, was a college basketball player. Good luck Fins…

  6. wow, really? I guess when your other option is Johnny “college” football, I guess I would agree.

  7. Play close to the line of scrimmage Jordon, as Ryan has a noodle arm and can’t throw that far. At least if his pass hits you in the head, it won’t hit hard enough to give you another concussion.

  8. Dude…..you we’re better off telling people you left for the money. Now you seem like a moron considering you based your decision to sign on with Fins because of the mediocre Ryan tannehill

  9. Who would have ever thought that Brian Hartline would be drawing double coverage?

    … Now that the Browns have officially raised the white flag of surrender on the 2015 season it appears the Factory of Sadness is setting up whoever emerges as their starting quarterback for guaranteed failure.

    Johnny… maybe you should stay in rehab until 2016.

  10. Don’t like getting rid of Clay especially for a guy with 3 concussions in 3 years for more money. Another mess up in the Miami front office!

  11. I still can’t believe QB is a position of strength and stability in Miami after all these years. Don’t worry Cleveland you’ll get there.

  12. This will be Ryan’s 4th year as a pro and 2nd year in the same offensive under Bill Lazor you give him a healthy O line and a lot of weapons he can have a great year…

  13. Couldn’t find the tax rate in Ohio for 2015, but using 2014 rates, this guy pockets $750,000 on that $15 million by playing in FL instead of OH.

  14. No, you’re kidding right? Ryan Tannehill? Jordan me thinks you’ve been concussed and you tricked the Protocol….

  15. This guys one concussion away from being out of football. His only truly productive time with the Browns was when Josh was having the big year and defenders were very distracted. These NFL contracts are incredible. What a cash cow this league is………………..

  16. and the overall lack of direction at the position that Cameron has dealt with during his Browns career.
    He was drafted as a basketball jock that had the physical tools but was raw. By Shurmur I think.
    So he might want to show some gratitude for the chance. Good riddance. That ‘overall lack of direction’ seems to have served him pretty well, nbc sports.

  17. igotgamenj says:
    Mar 13, 2015 9:00 AM
    This will be Ryan’s 4th year as a pro and 2nd year in the same offensive under Bill Lazor you give him a healthy O line and a lot of weapons he can have a great year…

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    The same could be said for pretty much any QB in the NFL. Of course a QB should have a good year with a healthy O line and plenty of weapons to throw the ball to………

  18. Let’s see….. Escaping the Mistake on the Lake and a dysfunctional organization with a QB in rehab for sunny South Beach and a decent organization on the rise….

  19. 69goatboy says:
    Mar 13, 2015 9:25 AM
    Let’s see….. Escaping the Mistake on the Lake and a dysfunctional organization with a QB in rehab for sunny South Beach and a decent organization on the rise….

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    Miami has 1 playoff appearance in the last 13 years, the same as Cleveland.

  20. The same could be said for pretty much any QB in the NFL. Of course a QB should have a good year with a healthy O line and plenty of weapons to throw the ball to………
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    True but Tannehill has lead the league in 2014 AND 2013 as the most sacked QB and the one taking the most hits. 104 sacks in 2 years compared to say Manning (35), Rodgers (22) or even Geno Smith (71).

    Give the guy a better chance at just a normal sack ratio and he can improve, let alone getting better weapons.

  21. @69goatboy….. organization on the rise? Seriously? I wouldn’t call overspending in free agency as “on the rise”.

  22. Tannehills stats (for all the haters):

    4,045 yards
    27 TD
    12 INT
    66.5 completion %
    92.8 rating

    Thats pretty good, especially after missing the starting center and left tackle for much of the season.

  23. ab420420 says:
    Mar 13, 2015 9:13 AM

    I’d rater pay 10% state tax or whatever it is and get the deduction instead of having that income taxed at 39% as earned income.

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    Not sure what you are getting at, or if you actually understand income tax.

    There is no state income tax in FL. We don’t pay it, so – yes – we cannot deduct it. However, we get to deduct sales tax from our return in lieu of state income tax. (The fed allows people in the 7 states with no state income tax to deduct their sales tax).

    Now, 39% would be the federal tax rate. This has nothing to do with the state tax rate. This rate will be the same for him no matter what state he is in.

  24. I was not surprised to see all the Concussion comments because it is a legit concern. The overpaid comments is flat out hilarious! He agreed to the exact terms as another team offered, so the market dictates. Pure and simple, the only way a player is overpaid is if only 1 team bid your services. Performance vs pay is another thing and only discovered in hindsight. As for getting Cameron I am happy to have the potential for a 1000 yd TE. However, losing Clay is probably going to happen now and he will cost a lot more than $7.5M. He is worth that. In my opinion, we needed a big body Red Zone threat more than a hybrid TE who is the best YAC TE in the league. Would love to keep both. The Dolphins did the right thing knowing they are about to lose Clay.

  25. well, at least he wont have to run more than 20 yards, because that is about as far as Tannehill can throw it on a good day.thats why they keep dumping wrs and signing a te. wrs are useless with there middle school armed qb

  26. By no means do I think they’ll be fitting Tannehill for a H.O.F. jacket this offseason, but for the record, he finished the season only 64 yards behind Tom Brady and had a better comp.%. That’s more yards than Flacco, Romo, and Russel Wilson. He also threw fewer int’s than Brees, Luck, Ryan, Rivers, Dalton, and both Mannings.
    Just sayin’. . .

  27. Tannehill finished the season only 64 yards fewer than Brady with a higher comp%. His 4045 was more than Flacco, Romo, Dalton, and Russell Wilson. He also threw fewer int’s than Brees, Luck, Rivers, Ryan, and both Mannings.

  28. Here’s a sure sign dumb & dumber are gonna let Clay go to the patsies & kill us twice this year!!! Ross PLEASE sell this team to someone has a clue & FIRE PHILBIN too!!!

  29. I don’t follow Miami real closely, but when the Packers played them last year Tannehill impressed me quite a bit. His first half wasn’t anything to write home about but the second half was an entirely different story.

    In that second half, Miami seemed to have “opened up the playbook” in an attempt to mount a comeback and that kid was on fire. Short throws, long throws, in the pocket, out of the pocket, on the run, whatever… it didn’t much matter. He consistently found the open receiver and if there wasn’t one open, he “threw a receiver open” as the pundits say.

    I said to myself right then that Tannehill may very well be the real deal and that Miami looked ready to turn the corner.

    I’ll definitely be rooting for them as I’ve liked Miami ever since their glory days, when many of their players came from the Memphis Grizzly Southmen, aka The Grizzlies, of the failed WFL. I also like Joe Philbin a lot even though he has taken a lot of heat.

    I just hope this Suh contract doesn’t become a cap killer.

  30. Klroot. Lmao that was a classic. Pretty much. Browns have the most holes to fill in the NFL and did absolutely zero. Brian Hartline lmao. Are you serious? 474 yds and 2 TDs last year. What great production.

    I think the homeless guy is still giving the Browns advice

  31. Tannehill is hot garbage. That said, the few things he does right are aided by good TE play. If they can keep Clay they might actually have something with two TE sets. They better, because RT cannot hit Wallace deep or throw with any accuracy past 20 yards. But sure fanboys, throw up the stats that are commonplace in today’s passing league. It’s not like they were earned in garbage time of losses or anything

  32. “True but Tannehill has lead the league in 2014 AND 2013 as the most sacked QB and the one taking the most hits. 104 sacks in 2 years compared to say Manning (35), Rodgers (22) or even Geno Smith (71).”

    that tends to happen when you can’t go through your progressions quick enough and stare down receivers. He also doesn’t slide in the pocket. Watch the damn games. It’s rinse and repeat…he gets pressured, he immediately lowers head, and retreats back and to the right and then gets sacked or throws INT/incompletion. The league knows this. Not rocket science

  33. I guess getting sacked on 3 step drops because of guard play….is Tannehill fault? Or the RTs employed in recent years, had no business collecting a NFL check.

  34. Look with the amount of money Cleveland has to spend are they even trying to win?

    As for Miami. I feel Tannehill made some strides last year. Bill Lazor runs a fast stat friendly offense.

    But weather, no income tax, an improvement at QB, and a team that is trying to win. I cant believe he thought about this decision.

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