Earlier today, Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reported that Dion Jordan, defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, was being shopped around the league in an effort to gauge trade value. Jordan, who the Dolphins traded up for in the 2013 draft to select No. 3 overall, saw limited playing time last year for various reasons.
To begin, he had a late start to the offseason program due to the way classes and exams were structured at Oregon. He also was recovering from a shoulder injury from his senior year. To top it off, he was packed in a crowded defensive line that already had Olivier Vernon, Cameron Wake, Derrick Shelby, Jared Odrick, Randy Starks, Paul Soliai and others. Add to the fact that the Dolphins primarily play a 4-3 defense, and it’s no wonder why it was hard for Jordan to see the playing field on a consistent basis.
Nonetheless, when he did play he made an impact most of the time. He accumulated 19 total tackles, two sacks and had two passes defended. There were also countless times where he disrupted the pocket and forced the opposing quarterback to make a bad throw which at times led to an interception.
So, where did this trade talk begin? One source said that recently, new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor told the Dolphins that the Philadelphia Eagles were willing to trade for Jordan. I am sure the Dolphins then picked up the phone and called the Eagles to see what they would be willing to give up. The Eagles don’t have a high draft pick and don’t have very many high impact players they would be willing to trade away, so I don’t think the conversation got very far.
It is smart for new general manager Dennis Hickey to listen to all trade offers for everyone on this roster. He is a new general manager with a new vision and doesn’t’ have ties to the players currently on the roster. In fact, if he wasn’t listening to trade offers for all players, he would be doing the team a disservice.
With all that said, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports mentioned on Twitter that he heard this rumor several weeks ago and when he followed up, he was told the Dolphins told Jordan he was not going to be traded. However, that means nothing and could be the Dolphins trying to get more value for him. It has also been rumored that Jordan is already in phase one of the substance abuse program for a failed drug test and that there are other issues with him behind the scenes.
On the surface, it seems like a crazy idea to trade Jordan. He is an elite talent, was the No. 3 overall pick in the draft last year and would be a top five prospect this year. Simply put, the Dolphins’ coaches need to find a way to use him. There are signs from last year that he excels when covering big tight ends such as Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and others. He can easily be that hybrid defensive end/linebacker the Dolphins have sorely been lacking the past several years.
On the flip side, though, if one were to dig deeper they may find countless issues that aren’t just worth dealing with. While none have been officially confirmed, this is a story worth following over the next several weeks and months as this surely isn’t the end of this one.