Behind this crazy roller coaster season in which the Miami Dolphins started off 1-4 and ended 10-6 is defensive end Dion Jordan, the Oregon standout that Miami thought was going to have an immediate impact as a star defensive player. Unfortunately, years after taking Jordan with the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, it seems the Dolphins are cutting ties with Jordan. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Dion is having “issues” again and the standout first-year head coach Adam Gase has had enough.
Jordan was drafted with the third-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, a pick Miami traded up to grab from the Oakland Raiders. Jordan was expected to provide both a star pass rusher in the mold of Jason Taylor as well as possibly being used as a coverage linebacker, keeping up with some of the league’s top pass rushers. Instead, he turned into a special teams player with occasional defensive duties, making one start in 26 games played over two years, and recording three sacks, three passes defensed and 39 tackles in 2013 and 2014. He was suspended twice in 2014 for a total of six games, then was suspended for a year, missing all of 2015. He was reinstated before this season, but knee surgeries kept him on the Non-Football Injury list for the season.
Dolphin fans can only imagine the potential that the 26-year-old Jordan could have reached, but we must move forward and look to the draft plus free agency to fill our defensive needs.