DAVIE–After four years of patience, the Dolphins might finally be losing interest in what Dion Jordan might be able to give them.
Jordan’s been around more than long enough for the team to evaluate him, and coach Adam Gase worked him out all season for the purpose of judging his potential going forward. With that extensive background, if they believed he could be a quality player for them, the Dolphins’ answer on whether he has a future with the team would be simple.
It wasn’t. When vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum was asked directly whether Jordan can be part of the organization’s plans, he evaded the question.
“We’re gonna go through the whole process with all our players, and he’s one guy we’ll look at as well,” Tannenbaum replied.
Jordan has one more year remaining on his contract, and the Dolphins could retain him at a salary of $3.3 million.
Miami traded up to take Jordan third overall in the 2013 draft, and he’s started one game in four seasons. He has not played since December 2014. He missed all of 2015 because of an NFL suspension for violating its performance-enhancing substance policy and was out this season because knee of surgery.
He practiced for three weeks starting in late November for the team to determine whether it wanted to activate him from the Non-Football Injury list, but he didn’t make enough progress to get back.
“His body’s not ready to go,” coach Adam Gase said in mid-December, when the team ruled out any chance of him playing this season. “His game is explosion off the ball, being able to redirect, that burst that you want a guy that plays his position have, and it’s not all the way back. That’s just what it is.”
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