Our preview on the Browns’ exclusive rights free agents continues with DL Jamie Meder.
How and When He Joined the Browns: Meder was an undrafted free agent in 2014 who signed on with the Baltimore Ravens. He spent all of camp with them and began the season on the practice squad. When the Ravens released him from their practice squad that November, Cleveland added him to their practice squad before calling him up to the 53-man roster in Week 17.
Productivity Level Last Season: Although Meder has pretty much been a regular rotational player for the past two years, in 2016 he was fortunate to have “started” 15 of the team’s 16 games. Meder finished with a career high in tackles (48) and had 1 sack on the year. He also blocked a field goal in Week 16, which helped give the Browns their only win of the season.
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: The Browns want to improve up front, but Meder has been a very consistent player who can play defensive end, defensive tackle, or nose tackle. He also regularly received fair marks from Pro Football Focus for his performances.
What the Browns Should Do: For most ERFAs, I advocate the minimum tender. If we’ve already seen Cleveland work multi-year deals for WR Rannell Hall and LS Charley Hughlett that are still inexpensive, though, then I expect them to try to do the same with Meder. Meder plays for his hometown team too, so if Cleveland offers him a multi-year deal that is a little above the minimum, I think he’d take it in a heartbeat.
At the very least, Cleveland will give him the minimum tender of $615,000. If a deal can be done, I would aim for something along the lines of a 3-year deal worth $4.5 million.
Let us know below whether or not the team should try to tender or re-sign Jamie Meder!