Head coach Chip Kelly has a special place in his heart for Dion Jordan. He used to coach the dynamic edge rusher in college and conventional wisdom was if the Miami Dolphins didn’t trade up past the Philadelphia Eagles to the No. 3 spot in last year’s draft that Jordan would have been the guy at No. 4 for the Eagles.
Apparently the Eagles have already tried to acquire him this offseason. It’s been reported that the Eagles offered Brandon Graham and a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for Jordan. That offer was rejected. The Dolphins would also take a big cap hit of $10 million if Jordan was dealt before June 1, so it would make sense for them to wait until at least then to deal him.
A Jordan trade would make sense for both sides. Jordan seems to be a natural fit in a 3-4 scheme something the Eagles run and the Dolphins are moving away from. The Dolphins also already have two proven pass rushers in Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, so getting maximum value for a guy like Jordan who may not fit their scheme makes sense.
For the Eagles, getting a young, athletic and potential dynamic pass rusher off the edge is their No. 1 need and in many ways would complete their 3-4 defense. Jordan is a better prospect than anyone the Eagles will be able to select in this year’s draft given where they are picking.
The Eagles will continue to be aggressive in adding that pass rusher to complete the defense. Whether in the draft or through a trade, expect the Eagles to make a splash in the coming months in landing that coveted pass rusher.