Jul 24, 2013; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) during training camp at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Shopping Dion Jordan, Should the Chargers be Interested?


Jason La Canfora of CBSsports.com tweeted earlier today that the Miami Dolphins are shopping Dion Jordan around the league to gauge his trade value. Here is the tweet:

Jordan is less than a year removed from being the 3rd overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. Miami traded its 12th overall pick and 2013 2nd rounder to the Raiders in order to move up to #3 to select Jordan. In an interesting season for the Dolphins, there was more to be concerned about than the Martin-Incognito scandal. After giving up enormous value to obtain Jordan, Miami coaches only played him for 330 defensive snaps, which equates to only 28.8% of the available defensive plays. Jordan recorded 2 sacks this year in all 16 games.

Management could not have been happy with the lack of playing time for Jordan, but didn’t necessarily need a pass rusher in the first place. Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake combined for 20 of Miami’s 42 sacks in 2013 while taking up most of the snaps. Jordan was a popular draft prospect because of his absolutely freakish athleticism. At 6’6″ and 250 lbs., Jordan was still able to run a 4.54 40 at the combine last year.

His strength is his natural athleticism, quick burst, and fluid hips. This allows him to drop back in coverage and hang around with tight ends, backs, and even some slower receivers. But, Jordan was never a premier pass rusher. He was very raw and still is. He has very long arms, but still doesn’t know how to use them. He relies on his speed far too often and overshoots quarterbacks who know when to step up in the pocket.

What Jordan does has is an intense motor and solid feel for spacing and getting off blocks quickly. If the Chargers see the same potential for Jordan as a 3-4 OLB that can be effective on all 3 downs, they should inquire about picking him up. With Jarrett Johnson and Dwight Freeney on the roster, we have two of the smartest and most experienced linebackers that don’t have much time left to impart their knowledge. Imagine this: A linebacking core of Donald Butler, Manti Te’o, Melvin Ingram, and Dion Jordan. Even if Jordan is still developing as a pass rusher, that core should have no problem at least disrupting the pocket. Plus, Dion has awesome hair.

Check out the athleticism he showed at Oregon that made him the #3 overall pick:

Would you make a trade for Dion Jordan? How much would we be willing to give up?

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  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    this post might get a little overshadowed from the donald butler signing, but i would get after him. He is a top linebacker from last season’s draft pool and his skill set seems to fit the Chargers defense real well.

    would the team be willing to give up that first round pick? Would you rather have Dion Jordan or the shot at Jason Verrett or someone else like that. Answer seems easy to me.

    • Julien Bélair

      Me too but I think the dolphins would ask more

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        i think they would ask for more too.

        • Julien Bélair

          How much do you think?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            1st and maybe a 4th… or a player. wonder if they would take 1st and a vincent brown. ha

          • Julien Bélair

            wow haha why not he is good right………….

          • arnie

            Of course he is. every team loves trading away good young players……

          • Rich Plascencia⚡️

            Or this could turn out to be like the trent Richardson trade….noooo thanks

          • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

            Lol shidddd

      • Derek

        Ur right, it’s also how you present it to them. If you offer it too Soon they’ll deff try and bargain more. That might be a draft day superstar move by Tt.

        • Julien Bélair

          Could be

    • arnie

      Sorry Ernie. Got excited.

  • Julien Bélair

    I would give our first pick for him

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think i would do it also.

      • jamfed

        if he’s OK, yes!!!! take’m

      • Gunnar Martin

        But I don’t think TT would. That’s not really his style… yet… o_O

  • serg21

    Idk seems risky

  • serg21

    Didn’t he have injury bug last year?

    • Conor Cahill

      Nope, played in all 16

    • Julien Bélair

      One shoulder injury

  • Nick Mansoor

    No no no. We need all the picks we currently have

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      who at pick 25 would have more potential than Jordan?

      • Julien Bélair

        My though exactly

      • Nick Mansoor

        Meh. Maybe Dee Ford. I don’t feel too confident about Jordan, I mean the Dolphins are willing to trade him for a reason

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          we dont even know if dee ford will be there.

          • arnie

            Not knowing who the Chargers will be able to get at #25 is irrelevant. The question is why should they give there first pick for a guy the dolphins don’t want? This is a red flag….and just grasping at desperate straws.

  • davacho

    pull the trigger

    • Julien Bélair

      Would be awesome

    • arnie

      LOL thanks aj 2.0 LOL

      • davacho

        pull the trigger on an unknown rookie? or a different FA?

        • arnie

          Stick with the draft board. As of right now, i really don’t see much of an upgrade over what we have right now, that could be brought in with the Chargers cap issues.
          I’m just not feeling the FA over the hill gang or ST an PS players at OLB.

          • davacho

            PS? What’s that?

            Also pulling trigger on trade doesn’t make u aj 2.0 – ur opinion is just as valuable as mine… And almost as valuable as ernie’s!

          • arnie

            Practice Squad
            I wasn’t referring to your opinion, nor insulting it.
            “pull the trigger” is fraise AJ Smith was quoted on numerous times. When you said it, it reminded me of something AJ used to say all the time. That is all.

          • davacho

            Ahhhh gotcha- ty

  • Julien Bélair

    Ingram jordan Butler teo…. GREAT groupe of young guys

    • Derek

      But inorder to use Ingram as the wildcard like he was in scar we need one more passrushing lb that is also able to cover. Then they’ll feed off the attention the offense pays the other. Only thing Jordan needs is to beable to stuff the run

  • BuhaySD

    I might give up a 2nd round pick for him but not our first. If they’re trying to dump him already they must know something about him that we don’t.

  • Julien Bélair

    Chip kelly might be interessted

  • Sergio Quintero

    What is the price first round pick, I don’t know the level of play he actually registered, second round sure I’ll risk it.

    First round I have to read more on how he actually played.

    • Conor Cahill

      He makes 3.3M for the next 3 years

      • Sergio Quintero

        Is this about the Dolphins finding out he can’t play, or is it he’s young player who’s talented and is blocked.

        Chargers’ scouts are in better position than me to answer that question.

        • arnie

          This is why i don’t fall in love with draft picks. The dolphins left everyone scratching their heads on this one.

          • Sergio Quintero

            I’m sure guys like Mortensen, Rappoport will report on how real is it in terms of his availability, and his value according to most GM’s.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          more of a talent for the wrong system in miami

  • Derek

    Hell yes! He’s better than any pass rusher we currently have a shot at. Dolphins dumb ass took bpa too literally he’s a 3-4 lb in a 4-3 defense. I’d say give up a 2nd rd pick and a 4th next yr for him. Then we go cb in first wr in 3rd and if we haven’t grab a nt by trading up for hageman or sutton

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahaha… love the comment on the BPA too literally

    • Julien Bélair

      Yep pull the trigger

  • Padraigh Keogh

    What about if we didn’t offer our first round pick and offered player/s on own or player plus pick… who or what would you offer? Eg Royal plus 2nd pick.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Royal doesn’t have any value to speak of until he renegotiates that fat contract he has, most teams don’t want veterans they want picks.

  • ArturoSolano

    If Gilbert, Dennard, and Verrett are gone @ 25 then I say we give Miami a call while we’re on the clock.

  • Eli Rodriguez

    This would be a great option for the chargers. We just signed Butler then get Jordan who was one of my favorite prospects last year. I wouldn’t give up too much for him though. Maybe a first round pick only because the CB class is pretty deep. I can see the getting Jordan and drafting Roby in the second round. Then getting Terrence Cody though FA. That could help solve a lot of problems on defense. Then through the Draft we can get a good WR in the 3rd round. And possibly get Roberts from the cardinals. Our team could be strait. The only negative aspect is that it would be a lot of new players playing together so there could be a lack of chemistry at first.

    • Sergio Quintero

      CB: Corey Graham
      NT: Paul Soliai

      If it were my plan

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I’d love to get Paul, that dude is a giant human being.

      • Julien Bélair

        love it

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Seeing Baltimore cutting Leach, and that other guy made me nervous. I know they have a lot on their plate with signing their big name players.. I just get this feeling they are trying to hang on to Graham.. can’t blame them. Their secondary is the best part of their defense right now. Great group of guys. Not sure you break that chemistry up.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Ozzie is one of the best at his job, he will make an effort to make sure Graham doesn’t make it to the open market, and I’m sure Graham will give Baltimore any tiebreaker for even money.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I think so too… he would be my clear first FA CB pick… if he’s available & we can afford him.

          • Julien Bélair

            before shield or davis?

          • Sergio Quintero

            In terms of costs Julien yes, Davis almost 100% lock to be franchised, I think Shields will make more money than Graham, Graham is my choice in terms of being a good player, that will be relatively cost reasonable.

          • Julien Bélair

            O.K. then I would take Graham and spend what it takes to sign Joseph and solve our NT problem. Then we would have a lot of option with our first round pick.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Just wanted to know what you think about this… Are we sure that Joseph can play 3-4 NT? I mean.. he has the size, he’s definitely a good player in the 4-3, and he seems like he could transition. But, I get worried trying to switch players into different schemes. There’s always seems to be some sort of learning curve or drop-off in play. I know he’s a beast, and all that.. but, it would SUCK if he never got the hang of it.

          • Julien Bélair

            I hear you but I will put it to you like this…. anytime we sigh a new player from FA or the draft there is always a possibility that the player does not perform well. As Chargers fans we have seen that a lot.

            Joseph is a beast so I think it is worth to take a chance here that he is good enough and well coach enough to make the transition from 4-3 DT to 3-4 NT.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Exactly… I’m not talking about who is better.. I just think we have a good shot at him, and he is good… although the Ravens are shiesty… remember how we went through all that BS with McKinney last season, and they pulled the rug out from under us, after his world tour (sponsored by The Chargers & In-N-Out Burger)? Then they went and gave him to Miami anyway… weak sauce. Very happy we didn’t end up signing him, in hind-sight… but, still.. I felt like the Ravens were jerking everyone’s chain.

      • Gunnar Martin

        YES. That would be perfect.

      • Eli Rodriguez

        I would like to get both Graham and Roby. I really don’t like any of the corners that are on our roster. I’d be glad with cutting all of them and starting over besides Steve Williams of couse.i think Cody would come a lot cheaper than soliai. But Soliai is Def the better of the two.

  • philiprules

    “But, Jordan was never a premier pass rusher. He was very raw and still is. He has very long arms, but still doesn’t know how to use them. He relies on his speed far too often and overshoots quarterbacks who know when to step up in the pocket.” Pretty much says it all. He can have all the freakish physical ability in the world, but if it doesn’t translate into good football play, who cares? Miami ready to get rid of him already tells me it might be a situation of a million dollar talent but a 10 cent head (which I hope is all he paid for that stupid hair cut/look).
    If the price is right, might be worth a flier. 1st round pick to get him? No way in hell.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Dude, They kept him on the bench 75% of every game last season. Their defense wasn’t that good either so that should tell you something. There is something fishy here and I think they know they might be holding a Bust on their hands and looking to unload him quick. I wouldn’t touch it and I loved him last year coming out.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      with that being said i would trade them Larry English straight up in one of those epic “Change of scenery” deals lol.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        hahahahahaha

  • arnie

    He’s worth a look if i were in the driver seat i’d throw a 4th round pick at them. But, we would have to pick up his contract and the Chargers have cap issues. As far as the upside? he’s player the could pay opposite Ingram and look to compete to replace JJ. I can already see him as an upgrade to the “other” OLB and Freeney.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Hah! Like they would accept a fourth rounder

      • arnie

        I didn’t say they would? But why should the Chargers sacrifice getting a potentially good draft pick, in the first three rounds for someone else bust? There may be good upside to the kid, but them taking him high is not the Chargers problem.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    1st round pick… give em Jeromey Clary (for their non-existent o-line).. and a pallet of Cheetos to keep him fed through the spring… And that offer is FAIR…. lol ; )

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      That’s the deal that needs to get done right there. I remember you throwing in pallets of Cheetos in deals last year so you are on point there my friend.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        You know, I was standing two feet from him in the Chargers locker room in the final game of the season. I kept thinking “If he only knew.. I would probably be a dead man right now”. Hahahaha.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Bwahahahah

    • 619chargers4life

      Lol just awesome !!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i love how the cheetos thing will never end… LOVE

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Hahahahaha… it might end one day…. he can’t stay here forever… can he? (Oh my gosh… go away… BAD THOUGHTS.. BAD THOUGHTS)

        • Gunnar Martin

          Time for another shower!

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Hahahaha.. good one.. yes it is.

      • FitzWilly

        That’s the up side
        Now……………………….
        The Downside

  • jamfed

    the tweet said “GAUGING TRADE VALUE” which is very weird. Jordan could be THE premier pass rusher in the whole league very soon. Why on earth would they be gauging already?????

    …something is wrong…something is amiss…

    • Diegoblue

      I agree

  • John Alton

    He sounds like a dud to me. #3 over all last year and the Dolphins want to trade him, that’s not good. Stay away.

  • Gunnar Martin

    I think he’s a good player with lots of potential, but I was always a little surprised that he got taken 3rd overall. It appalls me why Miami would want to get rid of him so fast after just trading up for him last spring. We all knew he was a project. I can’t see us getting him because I think the Fins will be looking for at least a first rounder, maybe more. No way TT spins that deal.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Cleveland did it to Trent Richardson after one season… not that it worked out for Indy. I’m on the fence, but the Dolphins SUCK at making decisions… clearly not their strong suit. They might just be THAT stupid, and incapable of managing a team (wonder if they’ll go on hard knocks again anytime soon.. lol). I’m sure we will find out the scoop shortly.

  • Diegoblue

    No way he should have been the 3rd overall pick.. Miami reached and realizes it now.. so they are trying to get rid of him.. T2 is not giving up a 1 for him .. I wouldn’t.. Roll the dice with our draft… and if he was that good Miami would try to figure out some way to use him.

  • Lee

    if the dolphins want to trade him after one year then i dont think so.

  • zeus619

    Even though Dion Jordan was a top 3 pick last season his value has dropped significantly from a lack of playing time and success in Miami. If Miami is looking to trade him I think he’ll garner a second rounder and a lower round pick. It’s a good opportunity for SD to swoop in and acquire an excellent prospect for pennies to the dollar. I think sending a second and maybe a next year conditional pick could get deal done.