The offseason means lots of crazy rumors. So let’s talk about an interesting one.
I’m told 1 thing Tom Gamble would’ve recommended if he interviewed for Dolphins GM was switch back to 3-4. Thinks Dion Jordan 3-4 stud.
To piggyback on previous Dion Jordan/Gamble tweet, Eagles have No. 22 in 1st rd. Wouldn’t surprise me if they try to trade that for Jordan.
Jordan played for Chip Kelly and Gamble loves him. Jordan in Miami was Jeff Ireland’s pick not new GM’s.
Would the Dolphins really give up on Jordan after just one season? Should the Eagles be interested?
Jeff Ireland is out as GM. That is the key to all of this. He’s the guy who traded up to get Dion Jordan. I thought that was a strange move at the time since Miami is a 4-3 team and I saw Jordan as a LB, not a pure DE. I listed him in my draft rankings as an OLB.
We have no idea what coach Joe Philbin or DC Kevin Coyle thought of the Jordan pick. If Ireland pushed him on them, they may be willing to cut him loose. If they were also on board with the pick, they will be more inclined to keep Jordan.
The Dolphins don’t have a new GM yet so nothing is going to happen until that issue is resolved. We have no idea if the new guy was high on Jordan last April or more lukewarm on him. Also, we don’t know how the new GM will see the status of the team. If an aggressive guy takes over and sees the Dolphins as just a couple of players away from contention, he may be more willing to make the deal and get the extra pick. Miami must fix their OL and their should be some good quality OL to be had.
The Eagles could make an offer of Brandon Graham and the #22 pick. Graham would give the Dolphins a good backup DE and it would enhance his value since he’d be back in the 4-3. Miami has a good young DE in Olivier Vernon and a good older DE in Cam Wake (or Derek Wake as he was known to us Penn State fans). Graham would replace Jordan in the 3-man rotation.
There is lots of logic to this trade scenario. But you just wonder if the Dolphins would be willing to let Jordan go so quickly. The guy has special potential. Do you bail on that after just one year? Of course, I thought the special potential was more in the 3-4.
If the Dolphins are willing to let him go, should the Eagles be concerned? Caveat emptor? If this was anyone other than Jordan, yes. The reason that I give Jordan a pass is that Chip Kelly coached the guy for 4 years at Oregon. He knows if Jordan is a good person, hard worker and that kind of stuff. If Kelly is okay with him, I’m on board.
I would be thrilled if the Eagles could deal #22 and Graham (or something like that) to get Jordan. I think he would be a terrific addition to the defense. He’s the kind of special athlete this defense needs. You can’t expect huge results right away since he’d be new to the attack, but he would be a key contributor.
While this is a fun rumor and does make some actual sense, I don’t see it as likely. I just don’t think a team is going to move on from a talent like Jordan after one season.
The best hope is that the new GM has more of a 4-3 background and doesn’t see Jordan as an ideal fit. It would also help if the new GM saw the AFC East as a division for the taking.
“The Pats are declining. The Jets are treading water. The Bills still need more talent. If Miami is aggressive this offseason, they could win the division next year. DE is already a strength for the Dolphins. Why not use one of those resources to fix the OL?”
Keep your fingers crossed, but don’t expect this to happen.