According to a source via Bob Grotz of the The Mercury, the Philadelphia Eagles tried to trade a second round draft pick and Brandon Graham to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for pass rusher Dion Jordan. Grotz notes that this offer was made around two months ago, but it's still incredibly interesting to note. Here's exactly what Grotz had to say:
Buried in the preoccupation with pass catchers is that the Eagles, according to a respected NFL source, made an offer almost two months ago for pass rusher Dion Jordan, who played spectacularly for Kelly at Oregon but hardly at all last season with the Miami Dolphins.
The details are unimportant. The Eagles are said to have included a second-round pick and linebacker-defensive end Brandon Graham. For now Jordan is still part of the Dolphins, who say they’re going to find a way to get him more snaps next season.
Almost everything about a deal for Jordan still makes sense, including the contract should the Eagles package in some way a first-round pick.
This is hardly the first time Jordan has been connected to the Eagles this offseason. Philadelphia needs a pass rusher and head coach Kelly is obviously familiar with Jordan from their time together at Oregon. Meanwhile, Jordan seems miscast in Miami's 4-3 defense. Jordan could fit better as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the Eagles defense, which is also the position he played at Oregon.
Grotz suggests the Eagles could offer their first round pick (No. 22 overall) this year to sweeten the deal. In fact, he goes on to say that "a first round pick gets it done."
Jordan’s contract wouldn’t be a huge obstacle to a trade. The Eagles would be picking up the remainder of his four-year, $20.572 million fully guaranteed pact according to Overthecap.com. The Dolphins would take a $10 million salary cap hit this year if they traded Jordan before the draft. After June 1, the Dolphins would be able to spread the cap charge over two years.
If the Eagles included their first-round pick in a deal, Overthecap.com calculated they would be paying slightly more than what the 22nd overall pick would earn in the 2014 draft and saving bonus money. All of that for a guy Kelly considered an elite talent.
It remains to be seen if the Dolphins have real interest in trading Jordan. For now, it's an interesting proposal to consider.