The Miami Dolphins are trying to get fat at the tight end position. A few hours after reports surfaced this afternoon that free agent tight end Jordan Cameron had re-signed with the Cleveland Browns, news broke that he had, in fact, signed with the Dolphins. The team has confirmed the signing, giving the team a potential starting tight end to replace Charles Clay should he move to another team.
Except, Miami has not given up on getting Clay back as well.
According to multiple reports, the Dolphins are still trying to work out a long term deal for Clay, who, despite a down year and missing games, was third on the team in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns last year. Miami has openly stated their goal of re-signing Clay, and Clay has said he wants to return to the Dolphins. He has visited with both the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns this week, but neither team has signed him to an offer sheet as of yet.
The Dolphins have the right to match any offer Clay signs after having placed the transition tag on him before the start of free agency. They also can pull the transition tag from Clay any time before he signs it, and they have not yet done that, so there is some thought that may be they are really making a push to bring back Clay. They could also be keeping it on him to make sure that another team has to bid high to make sure the Dolphins do not match, eating into that other team's salary cap.
Cameron spoke with Greg Likens from Dolphins.com after he signed, explaining why he decided to join the team, and what impressed him about the Dolphins. "They are heading in the right direction, there's a lot of stuff they're doing, state of the art things that they're doing, people that they are bringing in here, and things that not a lot of teams are doing," Cameron stated. "They've got a young squad and I'm excited to see where they are going. They obviously got Suh yesterday, and that's a big deal. They've got Tannehill and he's making strides. I'm excited to be here and it's good to be here.
"He's young and he's willing to work," Cameron said, expounding on what he saw in Tannehill that made him want to come to Miami. "He puts the hours in. They were singing his praises all day today, and it is definitely a big part of my decision."
Cameron, a 2013 Pro Bowl selection, has 130 career receptions for 1,600 yards with 10 touchdowns. He missed six games last year due to concussion symptoms, and has been concussed three times in the last two years.
Cameron's deal has been reported as a two-year, $15 million contract by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Along with Clay and Cameron, the Dolphins also have Dion Sims, who played well in Clay's absence last season, and Arthur Lynch, who missed his rookie season in 2014 due to injury.