The Miami Dolphins currently have 77 players on their active roster, counting the eight rookie draft picks the team made last weekend. That number does not include the 11 undrafted free agents the team is expected to sign, potentially as early as Friday when rookie minicamp opens. That would bring Miami to a total of 88 players against the 90-player limit used by the NFL during the offseason and training camp.
Miami has flirted with some veteran free agents as well, but could be waiting until after May 12 to sign them, pushing the signing to after the point in the offseason in which free agent signings count against the compensatory draft pick formula.
There is another player who could play into filling one of the last two roster spots, and after the team released defensive end Damontre Moore, could signal that the team is expecting it to happen. Could Dion Jordan, the team's third overall pick in 2013, be heading back to the league after a one-year drug-related suspension?
According to his agent, Doug Hendrickson, that could be exactly what they are getting ready to have happen. And, Hendrickson may be looking for greatness from his client:
Comeback Player of the Year is a great goal to set, but it takes dedication and work, especially after multiple suspensions and missing an entire season. Jordan looked out of shape during the season when a picture surfaced of him on the beach. His trainer, Tariq Azim, however, is looking to have Jordan ready to go, whenever his suspension is lifted:
The Dolphins have said they would welcome Jordan back if he is willing to come back and work, and has a love for the game once again. There has not been any news from the league on the status of Jordan, whose suspension reached the one-year mark last week. Jordan has to apply for reinstatement, then have a meeting with Commissioner Goodell, which will include him proving he is clean and ready to return to football. It is not clear if any of those steps have been taken at this point.
What makes the comments from Hendrickson and Azin interesting is the fact that there has been no news or comments from anyone in Jordan's camp since the start of the suspension. Why would they suddenly post now? Are things advancing through the league office?
Jordan has continually been a curious case for the Dolphins, but they may be getting at least one answer soon.