According to a report from everyone's favorite CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora, the Miami Dolphins are gauging trade value for defensive end / outside linebacker Dion Jordan. The Dolphins traded up to the No. 3 spot last year, one pick ahead of the Eagles, in order to acquire the former Oregon Duck product. Jordan could be falling out of favor in Miami due to the changes in the front office. Jeff Ireland, who picked Jordan, is no longer with the team. New Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey may not think Jordan fits into the team's 4-3 defense.
This isn't the first time this offseason that the idea of a Jordan trade has been brought up. Last month I questioned if the Eagles could have interest in Jordan due to their need for an outside linebacker and Chip Kelly's familiarity with Jordan. Kelly admitted the Eagles were very interested in taking Jordan had he fallen to their pick at No. 4. "The guy that went No. 3 we were considering very heavily but didn’t get the chance to pull the trigger on that one," Kelly admitted. Here's what I wrote last month:
Could the Eagles look to trade for him this offseason? Maybe. It's possible the Dolphins new GM doesn't think Jordan is a good fit for the 4-3 defense the Dolphins run. Jordan only accounted for 2 sacks in his rookie year as a 4-3 defensive end. He could be seen as a better fit in the 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker, which is where he played in college at Oregon under Chip Kelly. Kelly's love for the 6-6, 260 lb Jordan is no secret, and I'm sure he'd be glad to have him on the roster. Adding a pass rusher in the offseason should be a priority for the Eagles, considering the lack of depth they have in that area. Trent Cole finished the season hot but got off slow. Connor Barwin does a lot of things well but he isn't a premium pass rusher. It remains to be seen what kind of pass rushers the 2014 NFL Draft class will offer.
It's hard to imagine Jordan would come at a cheap price. The Dolphins could be looking for something like a first round pick in an exchange. Some have suggested the Eagles should package Brandon Graham, who's seen as miscast in the 3-4, with an Eagles pick in return for Jordan. It can't be said for sure that the Dolphins would have interest in Graham or a package like that. Plus, Miami is on the hook for a significant part of Jordan's salary in 2014 even if they do trade him.
Nevertheless, it's something interesting to monitor this offseason.