One of the more interesting parts of the Jimmy Graham grievance and the ruling was that his Twitter bio was used in the case against him.
Graham wanted to get the franchise tag for a receiver, which is more than $12 million, instead of the roughly $7 million franchise tag for tight ends. The arbitrator ruled against him, and in the decision mentioned that the Saints' star clearly identifies himself as a tight end in his Twitter bio.
Browns tight end (err, pass catcher) Jordan Cameron isn't going out like that.
Cameron's Twitter bio reads "Pro Bowl pass catcher for the Browns." Not tight end.
He apparently changed that recently, and ESPN.com's Darren Rovell tweeted about it.
It appears to be some tongue-in-cheek comedy from Cameron, but it's also prudent. Really, it just points out that the way of defining some players' positions might be becoming outdated.
We all know players like Graham and Cameron aren't tight ends, at least not in the way we thought of tight ends 20 years ago. Coaches like Sean Payton line up Graham in a multitude of spots to get mismatches. Payton, in testifying against Graham, argued that linebackers "never ever ever ever ever" cover receivers, but they do cover Graham sometimes, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Graham isn't necessarily a receiver. He's not really a tight end, either. Neither is Cameron. They're hybrid players who coaches use in a smart way to put up huge numbers. The argument didn't end with the Graham decision; it's something that is only starting as coaches get more creative and use players in new ways.
Cameron, who had 917 yards and seven touchdowns last season, realizes that his own argument over his contract is coming. At least his Twitter bio won't be used against him.
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