Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (84) runs onto the field before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns expected to franchise tag Jordan Cameron

The Cleveland Browns are trying to turn their franchise around and so far they’re looking at an offseason that was as productive as they could have hoped. Things are set up brilliantly for a 2014 season that will see massive improvement but some are already thinking about the 2015 offseason that awaits the Browns.

With Josh Gordon likely suspended for the entire season, the Browns will rely even more on tight end Jordan Cameron than they thought they would need to. That extra reliance on Cameron may make him more expensive and cause problems when his contract expires at the end of the season.

According to Tony Grossi from ESPN Cleveland, the Browns are expected to franchise tag tight end Jordan Cameron to avoid any problems in the short term.

The Browns will not use the franchise tag on Hoyer. It’s too costly for a quarterback without a proven record. I predict they use it on Cameron if a new deal can’t be reached because it’s much cheaper for a tight end and Cameron will have two good years under his belt when the decision is made. There is some indication that negotiations with Sheard are underway.

Cameron had a breakout year in 2013 and he’ll be looking to build on that in 2014. That’s what will make him more expensive for the Browns and it’s going to develop into a situation where Cleveland needs to eventually give Cameron the coin he deserves. With the rising cost in tight end talent in the NFL, the Browns may be better off locking Cameron down long-term, but placing the franchise tag on him seems to be a wise decision, but it’s a bit early to say it’s the right move.

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