Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald brings up an interesting point regarding the two-year contract TE Jordan Cameron signed with the Dolphins a few weeks ago.
Miami wound up signing Cameron to a two-year agreement worth $15 million. However, Salguero considers the second year of his contract as a “mirage.”
As Salguero points out, only $4.5 million of Cameron’s $15 million will could against the team’s 2015 salary cap, which means Miami is looking at a $9.5 million cap figure for the 2016 season.
The Dolphins will face a decision regarding whether or not to retain Cameron shortly after the Super Bowl, as $7.5 million of his base salary becomes fully guaranteed if he’s still on their roster as of the second day of the 2016 league year.
Salguero writes that “Cameron’s deal is for intents and purposes a one-year prove-it contract.”
Miami even protected themselves for the 2015 season by including $1.562 million in total per-game roster bonuses.
With all of this in mind, Salguero mentions that the Dolphins would be wise to target a tight end in this year’s draft.
For what it’s worth, the Dolphins have reportedly been doing work on tight end prospects such as Clive Walford (Miami), Nick O’Leary (Florida State), Maxx Williams (Minnesota), Jeff Heuerman (Ohio State), E.J. Bibbs (Iowa), Jesse James (Penn State), and Tyler Kroft (Rutgers).
Cameron, 26, was limited to appearing in 10 games and catching 24 passes for 424 yards receiving to go along with two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 56 tight end out of 67 qualifying players.