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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham became the richest tight end in NFL history when he agreed to a $40 million deal Tuesday. Cleveland Browns fans can look at the agreement and start to look down the road at how the pact might affect the future of Jordan Cameron.
The 25-year-old could be a free agent in 2015 if the two sides don’t reach an agreement.
The Graham news has ESPN Cleveland writer Tony Grossi believing that Cameron could be headed for a franchise tag in wake of the Graham news.
“I really believe Cameron is going to end up being the franchise player next year because I just don’t think they’re going to come to an agreement before he becomes a free agent. Cameron has changed agents to Tom Condon, who’s a pretty heavy hitter in the business. He had one great year, two great years would multiply his potential earnings, and I don’t see how the Browns can make an offer Condon would agree to right now.”
• Michael Brantley went 0-for-1 in his first All-Star game, but it was awesome to see Dr. Smooth recognized among the game’s elite. As you could expect, the Mid-Summer Classic was special for Brantley, who used the exhibition to snag a Derek Jeter autograph.
• By this point, all of the Jeter coverage probably makes you yearn for more more “Money Phone” analysis. But Jeter played his final All-Star Game in classic No. 2 fashion, going 2-for-2 with a double. It’s hard to believe that Jeter was just in his second full season when he posted a 1.083 OPS against the Tribe in the 1997 ALDS.
• Scott Kazmir represented the Oakland A’s in the Mid-Summer Classic. Indians’ Country wishes the front office would’ve brought Kaz back, but the club didn’t want to place its bets on Kazmir staying his healthy. Half a season into a two-year deal, and it looks a mistake.
Cleveland.com writer Paul Hoynes wrote a cool story highlighting Kazmir’s comeback, from independent ball to the All-Star Game.
• LeBron James wore a t-shirt of himself while visiting Rio for the World Cup final. ESPN talking heads Tony Kornheiser and Dan Le Batard debated if this was a self-serving act on Tuesday’s Pardon the Interruption.
What do you think, and do you care?