Many Cleveland Browns stories seem too good to be true, but New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan swears this is a real one.
Appearing on Wednesday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, Jordan said the Browns tried to draft him on the second day of the 2011 NFL Draft — despite the fact that the Saints had already selected him in the first round.
Jordan claims he received a phone call from the Browns during the second day of the draft, where he was told he was going to be their next pick. He had already gone 24th overall to the New Orleans Saints the previous day. In reality, they were attempting to take tight end Jordan Cameron in the fourth round.
“I’ll take two signing bonuses, but I refuse to go to Cleveland,” Jordan said succinctly in recounting the story.
This happened under the team’s previous ownership, but a quote allegedly from the team’s current owner really sums things up nicely here. It’s a legendary Browns story if true.
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan was born in Minnesota, but he doesn’t have too many memories from the six years he lived in the Twin Cities.
He remembers a time when it was so cold that he was locked out of a car and has another memory of jumping in some leaves on a fall day. He also recalls going into the Minnesota Vikings locker room and meeting his father’s co-workers, legendary football players like defensive Chris Doleman, safety Joey Browner and running back Darrin Nelson.
Jordan’s father, Steve, was a legend in his own right, making the Pro Bowl six times in his 13-year career as a tight end. And because the elder Jordan spent his entire career with the Vikings, that’s where he and his wife started their family, having three kids, including Cameron in the middle.
But, that doesn’t necessarily mean Cameron Jordan considers Sunday’s divisional-round matchup against the Vikings to be a homecoming.
“I spent the first six years of my life there, but my first kiss was in Arizona,” said Jordan, who mostly grew up in Chandler, Ariz.
Jordan said his father and brother will be at Sunday’s game at U.S. Bank Stadium. There will probably be some family friends there, too, but Jordan doesn’t really remember anyone that well from his youth in Minnesota.
And even though his dad has deep ties to the Vikings, Jordan has moved on from his connection to that team.
“You grow up and you get drafted by the Saints, and this is my team, this is my family and this is who I’m fighting for,” he said.
The Saints are surely glad to have Jordan on their side as they prepare for this win-or-go-home game. In the Week 1 loss to the Vikings, his performance was one of the few highlights for New Orleans as he had four tackles, one for loss, one sack and one pass defensed.
That performance proved to be a sign of things to come this season as Jordan proceeded to post career highs with 13 sacks and 11 passes defensed as well as tying his career-best 17 tackles for loss. In last week’s wild-card win over the Carolina Panthers, Jordan’s play lifted the defense as he had three tackles, one for loss, one sack, two passes defensed and forced quarterback Cam Newton into a costly intentional grounding penalty on Carolina’s final drive.