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Tight end Jordan Cameron signs with Miami Dolphins, spurns Browns

Dennis Hickey called Jordan Cameron "a young, proven Pro Bowl performer with playmaking ability that will positively impact our team."
Dennis Hickey called Jordan Cameron "a young, proven Pro Bowl performer with playmaking ability that will positively impact our team." AP

Jordan Cameron only signed one contract Thursday.

And it was with the Miami Dolphins.

On a day that should remind everyone that nothing is official until it is official, the Dolphins never let Cameron leave town.

And by locking him up with a two-year deal, they ended a dramatic day filled with rumors and half-truths.

Multiple outlets reported that Cameron, a former Pro Bowl tight end who has battled concussions, would return to the Cleveland Browns on a two-year, $15 million deal.

But it never happened. Instead, Mike Tannenbaum and Dennis Hickey convinced him to stay in Miami.

Hickey called Cameron “a young, proven Pro Bowl performer with playmaking ability that will positively impact our team.”

But don’t assume the signing means the Dolphins are moving on from Charles Clay. They haven’t yet pulled his transition tender, a one-year deal that would pay him $7 million in 2015.

So the possibility exists that the Dolphins land two of the top three tight ends in free agency to create one of the better groups in the league.

How would they both fit under the already cramped salary cap? That’s a worry for another day.

Cameron, 6-5 and 249 pounds, has appeared in 47 games, starting 31, for the Browns. In his first year as a full-time starter (2013), Cameron caught 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, earning the Pro Bowl nod.

He was even more effective in 2014, leading all tight ends in yards per catch (17.7). But Cameron appeared in just 10 games, the result of his third concussion in two seasons. The Dolphins medical staff surely examined Cameron before the signing and was apparently satisfied with the results.

Cameron spent more than 12 hours with the team Thursday — even after reports surfaced that he was headed back to Cleveland.

The Dolphins’ front office sold him on the team’s vision for sports science. And the Dolphins sold him on Ryan Tannehill.

“He’s young, and he’s willing to work,” Cameron told the team’s website. “They were singing his praises all day long. It was definitely a big part of my decision.”

Now Clay has a decision to make — sign the tender or sign a long-term deal. The Buffalo News reported late Thursday that the Bills plan to make an offer to Clay on Friday, even if he remains tagged.

Clay has medical questions of his own to answer. The knee injury that sapped his effectiveness in 2014 might still be a concern. He returned to South Florida on Thursday, the Buffalo News reported. The coming days will determine if he is here to stay.

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