Green Bay Packers: Potential roster cuts for Packers to target in free agency
By Kenn Korb
Potential cut: Jordan Cameron, TE (MIA)
2015 statistics: 16 games played, 743 snaps (72.00 percent of team total), 35 receptions (70 targets), 386 yards, 3 TDs
Pro Football Focus rankings: 65.7 (overall); 71.5 (receiving), 43.9 (run block), 68.4 (pass block)
Cameron just got to Miami a season ago and managed to play in 16 games for the first time in his career. He provides a strong option in the passing game for Ryan Tannehill, who definitely could use more of that; should he not be kept, only Jarvis Landry stands as any level of good option for the QB.
So why would the Dolphins even think of cutting him?
That sits mainly in one of their other expenditures from 2015; Ndamukong Suh is set to have a nearly $30 million cap hit. While that is definitely getting restructured the Dolphins have other key players (like Cameron Wake) and upcoming free agents (Olivier Vernon being chief amongst them) who will take up a large amount of space if kept.
Miami has also tended to be a team that likes to load up on new players through free agency, and they have a person in charge of making personnel decisions who has shown a tendency to mortgage the future for win-now moves in previous stops.
Couple this with the issues with injuries (particularly concussions) that Cameron has previously had — a big part of why he’s only made it through 16 games once — and the savings the team could see from releasing him ($7.5 million) could outweigh whatever positives he may provide for them on the field.
Should this happen, Cameron would be an excellent short-term option who could attack a defense in the way the Packers have long needed. On a one- or two-year deal — likely laden with performance- and playing-time-based incentives to circumvent any health-related issues — they could have themselves an instant contributor.
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