Griffen still had two years left on the previous contract he signed in 2014, so the extension will keep him in Minnesota through 2022. The 29-year-old has racked up 30.5 sacks over the past three seasons as a starter and will earn $34 million in guaranteed money with his new deal. The Vikings' potent pass rush off the edge also includes the emerging Danielle Hunter, free agent addition Datone Jones and vet Brian Robison. Griffen has missed just one game throughout the past six seasons, providing a long-term stable presence at defensive end in Minnesota.
Cameron (concussion) announced his retirement Friday, NFL.com reports.
A fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft, Cameron emerged in a big way during the 2013 season, catching 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns for an otherwise unremarkable Cleveland team. He's subsequently been hampered by a series of concussions, which arguably impacted his play even when he was healthy. Cameron acknowledged as much in his retirement statement, saying he had started thinking about the concussions while on the field. He'll wisely put his long-term health above the possibility of squeezing out a few more seasons, hanging up his cleats at the age of 28. The Dolphins have already moved on, acquiring pass-catching tight end Julius Thomas in a February trade with the Jaguars.
Cameron, an unrestricted free agent, appeared in just three games this past season due to concussion issues and is known to be considering retirement. When healthy, he averaged just 23.5 receiving yards per game the last two years and found the end zone only four times across 19 appearances. With Dion Sims set to hit the open market as well, MarQueis Gray currently sits atop the Dolphins tight end depth chart.
Cameron was placed on injured reserve over the weekend in the wake of his continued absence since a Week 3 concussion, which marked his fourth in four years. Although he wants to continue his career going forward, Cameron's history of concussions could impact the level of interest he garners in free agency this upcoming offseason.
Cameron (concussion) was placed on the injured reserve list Saturday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Cameron, who suffered his fourth concussion in the past four years during a Week 3 win over the Browns, will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2016 season. The former fourth-round pick's time in Miami appears to be over as he sits in the final year of his contract, while he may consider retirement in order to preserve long-term health. MarQueis Gray and Dominique Jones will serve as the primary options at tight end in the meantime.
|P3||8/24/17||@ PHI||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ MIN||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/17||@ BAL||8:25 pm|
|10||11/13/17||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|