CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Miami Dolphins are "gauging trade value" for outside linebacker Dion Jordan, who was taken with the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reports he was also told the Dolphins were shopping Jordan but was told the team told Jordan himself that he would not be moved.
Well isn't this interesting on a number of levels. The Dolphins appear to be giving up or, at the very least, not totally sold on Jordan. Miami traded the 12th and 42nd overall picks last year to Oakland to move up to third overall to select Jordan. The Eagles were picking fourth overall and were said to be very high on Jordan, who played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon.
Now the Eagles still need a pass-rusher and Jordan makes sense. He was moved all over the field last season in Miami and never seemed to get comfortable as he recorded just 26 total tackles and 2.0 sacks while only seeing the field for 330 snaps.
If the Dolphins were to trade Jordan, who turns 24 on Wednesday, they would be throwing away a lot more than a first and second round pick as they gave him a $13.3 million signing bonus last July and would take a cap hit in 2014 if they were to trade him. The compensation received must offset these costs. Simply: Jordan won't be cheap.
I liked Jordan last year when watching highlights of him coming out of Oregon. He was the guy I wanted the Eagles to select at fourth overall if he was still available. And I also like that he played for Kelly at Oregon so he is familiar with some of the coaches, including defensive line/assistant head coach Jerry Azzinaro.
If the price is right Howie, make the move.
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