The Mercury's Bob Grotz reports the Eagles tried to trade for Dolphins outside linebacker Dion Jordan two months ago. The deal proposed would've sent Brandon Graham and the Eagles' second round pick to Miami for the 2013 first-round pick.
If you remember, 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.
The Dolphins were reportedly gauging trade value for Jordan last month and Kelly has been interested since before last year's draft. Kelly had glowing things to say about Jordan last year even saying, "Dion is a special guy in my heart."
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 the 24-year-old Jordan 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.
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