Free agency is a two-way street and so while tight end Charles Clay is shopping his services by visiting the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins have set their sights on a possible replacement by focusing on Cleveland Browns free agent Jordan Cameron.
The team is also moving forward with plans to chase cornerback Brice McCain of the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency.
McCain is in town visiting and the sides have already talked contract. Expect Cameron to visit with the Dolphins barring him getting a quick deal elsewhere.
Cameron, 26, is interesting because it shows the Dolphins are prepared to move in another direction should Clay get the offer sheet everyone expects in Buffalo. The Dolphins are not going to overpay for Clay, I'm told.
Cameron is on the comeback trail after missing six games of the 2014 season with recurring concussion issues. Cameron has suffered three concussions the past two seasons. Obviously the Dolphins would have to, well, have Cameron's head examined before offering him a contract.
But when he's healthy Cameron is very productive -- perhaps moreso than Clay. Cameron was a Pro Bowl player in 2013 when he caught 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. He is a legitimate 6-5, 255-pound seam threat.
The Seahawks were expected to be major players to sign Cameron because of the player's ties to coach Pete Carroll -- Cameron played for Carroll at USC. But Seattle on Tuesday pieced together a blockbuster trade for former University of Miami tight end Jimmy Graham, so that door closed.
The Browns reportedly want Cameron back at the right price. The Raiders are said to be interested as well. Cameron had 24 catches for 424 yards and two touchdowns for the Browns in 10 games last year.
McCain, 28, is a former sixth-round draft pick of the Houston Texans. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, and started nine games when injuries befell the Pittsburgh secondary. McCain six passes defensed, three interceptions and scored a touchdown off one of those picks.
McCain, 5-9 and 190 pounds, would neither be cheap nor expensive. His price tag will be in the $3 million per year range.
The Steelers and Minnesota are also interested. The Steelers have an offer on the table for McCain for three years.