Jeff Grimes, Ed Orgeron receive raises; New coaches, OC Cam Cameron’s contracts revealed

Cam Cameron signed a new three-year contract paying him $1.2M this year. (Patrick Dennis)

Cam Cameron signed a new three-year contract paying him $1.2M this year. (Patrick Dennis)

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s new three-year contract is worth $3.75 million, and Ed Orgeron’s new title has come with a $150,000 raise and a two-year extension.

Meanwhile, new receivers coach Dameyune Craig is set to make $550,000 as part of a two-year contract, and new running backs coach Jabbar Juluke signed a two-year deal for $265,000 a year.

LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes received a $125,000 raise to $525,000 a year and a one-year extension through the 2017 season. Grimes was approached by another school during the off-season, a source said.

Cameron, who made $1.5 million last year, will see a reduction to $1.2 million in the first year of his new deal. He’ll make 1.25 million in the second and 1.3 million in the final year of a contract that expires on March 31, 2019. Orgeron, promoted to recruiting coordinator, will make $600,000 a year in a contract that expires on March 31, 2019. He becomes LSU’s highest paid assistant outside of Cameron and new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who has an identical contract as Cameron – aside from one detail.

Cameron’s contract includes the Miles clause, tying him to the head coach’s tenure. If Miles leaves or is fired after the 2017 season, the school can end Cameron’s deal six months later without penalty.

Cameron’s buyout is similar to Aranda’s. If he leaves for a head coaching position at a Southeastern Conference school or any Division I school in a 500-mile radius, he owes the program 50 percent of his remaining salary. If he leaves for another assistant position, he owes the school 20 percent of his remaining salary.

The contracts were available in the LSU Board of Supervisors agenda. The board must approve them at its next meeting on March 18. The Advocate reported last week about Cameron’s new deal, without financial details, and Orgeron’s new title. Craig and Juluke were hired last month to replace Tony Ball and Frank Wilson, the Tigers running backs coach and recruiting coordinator who left to be the head coach at Texas-San Antonio.

Ed Orgeron signed a contract with a two-year extension. (Bill Feig)

Ed Orgeron signed a contract with a two-year extension. (Bill Feig)

Cameron’s previous three-year contract expired at the end of this month – amid LSU’s spring football practice. That deal, signed in 2013, paid him $1.5 million in the final year, but the contract was worth $3.4 million in total.

Cameron earned $600,000 in 2013 in Year 1 of the old contract, and his salary climbed to $1.3 million in 2014. The $700,000 bump in Cameron’s pay raised the notion that the Baltimore Ravens were covering a portion of his compensation after firing him in December 2012.

Orgeron’s previous deal expired next March and paid him $450,000 a year, tied with the most on staff with special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto.

Craig, a former Auburn quarterback, left Auburn after three seasons to join LSU. His contract with Auburn paid him $500,000 a year and ran through June 2018. Ball, who the schools says left to “pursue other opportunities,” made $310,000 a year in his one season as receivers coach.

Wilson made $675,000 and had two years left on his contract when he left in mid-January. Juluke left Texas Tech after a month on the job to join the Tigers.

Grimes made $400,000 and had a contract that ran through next season.

LSU Staff Contracts Database

Name Contract expiration Salary
Les Miles, head coach Dec. 31, 2019 $4.3M
Cam Cameron, OC March 31, 2019 $1.2M
Dave Aranda, DC March 31, 2019 $1.2M
Ed Orgeron, D-line & RC March 31, 2019 $600,000
Dameyune Craig, WR March 31, 2018 $550,00
Jeff Grimes, O-line March 31, 2018 $525,000
Bradley Dale Peveto, SPT & OLB March 31, 2017 $450,000
Corey Raymond, DB March 31, 2018 $375000
Steve Ensminger, TE March 31, 2017 $300,000
Jabbar Juluke, RB March 31, 2018 $265,000