Over the past week, rumors began to surface that the Dolphins were floating around Dion Jordan's name in trade talks. While this should come as a surprise considering the Dolphins traded up to #3 in the draft (just ahead of the Eagles) to select Jordan just one year ago, it doesn't. In fact, there has been discussion about this possibility all offseason, it's just that the rumors have leaked that he's being shopped have added more fuel to the fire.
The argument for the Dolphins trading Jordan goes something like this:
1) He didn't do anything for the Dolphins last year
2) He's more suited to be a 3-4 OLB than a 4-3 DE, and the Dolphins run a 4-3 base package
3) The GM that traded up to get Jordan, Jeff Ireland, has since been fired by the organization
4) The Dolphins have 2 players they are pretty high on that had excellent seasons in Olivier Vernon at RDE and Koa Misi at SAM LB, thus making Jordan even more expendable.
Makes some amount of sense. On the other side, IF Jordan is indeed available, the argument that the Eagles would be one of the most interested teams goes like this:
1) Arguably the Eagles biggest need is an OLB for their 3-4. They have Trent Cole and Brandon Graham but they are converted 4-3 DEs. Dion Jordan is seemingly more suited to that role, especially in the long term.
2) The obvious Chip Kelly connection
3) The belief that Dion was top 3 on the Eagles draft board last year. Chip essentially said it in his draft press conference and more rumblings that they would have taken Jordan over Lane Johnson has surfaced
4) The Eagles have ammunition. Obviously draft picks, and potentially a couple of odd fits that a 4-3 defense might covet in Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry.
The Dolphins have officially denied that they are shopping Dion Jordan, and the latest reports are that the Eagles inquired but were told he's not available.
All this aside, I think there's enough smoke here to dedicate a lengthy series of posts on what Jordan accomplished in his 2013 season and to assess:
1) Whether the Dolphins actually SHOULD keep him, and
2) Whether he looks to be a player the Eagles should consider giving up significant compentation for.
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