10 players the Dolphins must address this off-season

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Nov 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) prepares to pass rush in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Dion Jordan

$6 million cap hit

Dion Jordan has been a monumental bust since entering the NFL as the third overall pick. He has spent this season out of football, suspended by the league for failing a second drug test. The rub here is that Jordan’s contract this season could be considerably less should he remain on the team because Miami will get credit for this years contract. While it’s a bunch of legal jargon I don’t fully understand, there has been talk that Jordan may in fact play close to free.

The bigger question is whether Jordan can ever truly become the player that Miami had envisioned him to be or the player most in the NFL expected him to be. Jordan never truly fit Miami’s scheme and was  more or less a square peg trying to be fit into a round hole. The frustration level had to be through the roof.

When on the field, Jordan has shown a lot flashed talent but can a new head coach cull that talent into a consistent playmaker?

Release or retain?

Depending on the actual dollar amounts that are released later this season early next season, I’m on board with keeping Jordan another year provided he can stay clean. There is too much talent being wasted and perhaps good coaching can cure that. All that being said, if his contract is the neighborhood of $6 million, I will cut my losses and move on. The Dolphins would save around $3 million.

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