Broncos Have Significant Connection to TE Jordan Cameron


The situation with Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has gotten so ugly in the public eye that it’s easy to forget there are other options out there on the open market, not limited to Cleveland Browns pass catcher Jordan Cameron.

Cameron, who came out of college in the same year as Julius Thomas, has similarly struggled with injuries in his short NFL career, but he is going to cost way less on the open market and could provide the Broncos a serious spark in the passing game.

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Try not to forget, only two years ago, Cameron was a Pro Bowl player for the Browns, catching 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. In the Broncos’ offense, the tight end position is going to be critical and we have seen the fruits of that since Peyton Manning arrived with Julius Thomas catching double digit TD passes the last two seasons.

The biggest issue with Cameron, not unlike Thomas, is the fact that he’s never played a full 16 game season in the NFL. He played 15 games in 2013 and 10 games in 2014 when many expected him to have a huge year. It’s something to consider when looking into signing him, which I hope the Broncos do, but it could also help them get him at a bargain price.

Apparently, they had no such luck with Julius Thomas.

What the Broncos have going in their favor is a couple of really strong ties to Cameron, specifically in Tom Heckert, the former Cleveland Browns general manager who now works in the Broncos’ front office. Heckert was the man who pulled the trigger on drafting Cameron back in 2011, and he has shown he has significant pull in offseason additions helping the Broncos bring in players like T.J. Ward, Mike Adams, and Jordan Norwood among some other reserve/future players.

The former fourth round pick out of USC has phenomenal athletic ability and speed, playing more like a big wide receiver than anything. He’s also got some history with basketball, which apparently is something the Broncos find really attractive in prospective players.

With a guy like Heckert in the front office and T.J. Ward in the locker room, the Broncos have some significant ties to Cameron should they choose to pursue him in free agency and could be primed to make that splash. Julius Thomas is likely leaving, so Denver is going to need a reliable pass catching target for Peyton Manning or whoever else is throwing passes.

The price will have to be right, but the situation is prime for Cameron to make his way to Denver.