Thursday, March 12, 2015

Clay negotiations take turn as Cameron signs with 'Phins

With one tight end officially off the market, the divisional battle for another may finally be over.

News of Jordan Cameron's return to the Browns on a two-year, $15 million deal swept through the AFC East Thursday, only to be reversed hours later by reports he had instead inked a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.

When the dust settled, it was Miami who officially came out of the tight-end merry-go-round with a contract, while negotiations for Charles Clay seem to be the Bills to lose.

"He is a young, proven Pro Bowl performer with play-making ability that will positively impact our team," Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey said of Cameron Thursday via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.

Reports had Cameron in South Florida Thursday to visit Hickey and the 'Phins, while Clay is reportedly set to meet with Cleveland following his trip to Buffalo. The Cameron signing seemingly quashes the two-team battle Miami and Buffalo had going over Clay, though Miami's plans with the 25-year-old, who is currently under the transition tag, remains unclear, as some reports indicate the team could make a run at landing both play makers.

Either way, the next step will likely be the Buffalo Bills offering up a deal for Clay. The Dolphins will have five days to match the offer; if they do, Clay will be a Dolphin. If they refuse, the 25-year-old is free to accept the Bills' deal.

With the departure/release of two tight ends from Buffalo this week, coupled with the big bucks Miami has already spent this offseason, it's safe to assume Buffalo will make a substantial offer for Clay in hopes of bullying their divisional opponent out of contention.

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