Contrary to popular belief, they are still playing football in Miami these days. It’s hard to remember that fact sometimes, when all you hear out of Miami Dolphins camp is the latest on Richie Incognito. But in a turn of events, some actual football rumors are surrounding the team.
Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Dolphins are currently gauging trade value for Dion Jordan. Yes, the same Dion Jordan that was taken third overall in last year’s draft (after Miami traded up to get him).
Jordan did not have a good rookie season. Right from the get-go it was clear that he wouldn’t be starting, which is always disappointing when a guy is drafted in the top five. Those are the types of players who should be able to come in and contribute right away.
As far as what Jordan contributed in his rookie season, it wasn’t much. He totaled just 19 tackles and two sacks.
You have to believe that Jeff Ireland’s departure is playing a role in these rumors. He was the GM when Miami traded up and selected Jordan, and now that he’s out of the picture, there’s no one there to defend the pick.
So, should the Dolphins deal the former No. 3 pick?
Unless they get a tremendous offer, I would have to lean towards no. It’s hard to believe that they’ve seen enough to know that the linebacker isn’t any good after just one year. When you spend that high of a pick on a guy, how can you just give up on him a year later? It doesn’t make any sense unless the guy is just a terrible fit (which could be the case).
Perhaps the Dolphins are just trying to cut their losses and sell his stock off while it’s still somewhat high. If he has another bad season, they’re not likely to get much of anything in return for him. But man, it’s hard to imagine a third overall pick being that bad. Jordan deserves at least one more season to prove himself, but it doesn’t seem like he’s going to get that opportunity.