When Dion Jordan entered the NFL Draft he was by far the best defensive end prospect. Now he is no longer with the team that drafted him.
In 2013 then general manager Jeff Ireland saw the same thing in Jordan as many others in the NFL. So much so that he traded up to number three overall to draft him. Miami gave Oakland their 12th overall pick as well as their first of two picks in the 2nd round.
Overall the trade wasn’t that bad on paper and was even in hindsight a trade that value wise slanted in Miami’s favor. The Dolphins had other needs and many thought that they had moved up to number three to draft Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson.
The announcement of Dion Jordan’s name was a bit surprising. Some fans and some in the media thought the drafting of Jordan was a very good and bold move while others believed that Miami needed to fix the offensive line.
Out the gate it was rumored that Jordan was not a selection that then head coach Joe Philbin was behind. That “rumor” grew louder as Jordan spent the majority of his rookie season watching from the sidelines.
Jordan was active for all 16 games that year and notched two passes defensed, two sacks, and 19 tackles. In 2014 many expected Jordan to break out but again he failed to start 9 of the 10 games he appeared in. He finished those 10 games with 1 sack and 20 tackles.
And that is when the wheels finally fell off.
Jordan was suspended for the end of 2014 and that carried over into a full season suspension in 2015. Jordan was reinstated last off-season but reported to the Dolphins with an undisclosed off-field injury. He was not activated by the Dolphins in 2016.
Entering this off-season it appeared that Jordan’s future in Miami would certainly come to an end. However free agency rolled around and while the Dolphins made several releases, Jordan wasn’t one of them.
Until today. The Dolphins announced this afternoon that Jordan was released. The move clears $3.25 million in cap space with no dead money. Unfortunately the Dolphins spent far more in guaranteed rookie dollars that will never be recovered.
Jordan’s life in Miami has indeed come to an end with a failed physical designation. His time in Miami is over but it’s very likely that another team will give him a look during camp this year. For now, one of the Dolphins biggest draft blunders in recent history has come to the conclusion that many believed would have happened a year ago.