The NFL has reinstated Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan. The team has not yet embraced him.
Asked for a reaction to the news, coach Adam Gase said of Jordan, “I’ve never met him so . . . I mean it’s hard for me to answer.”
Gase separately explained to reporters the team’s overall approach to Jordan, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft.
“Well, obviously [we are] still getting all the details of kind of what’s going on,” Gase said. “I know at some point this afternoon, I’ll get with Mike [Tannenbaum] and [General Manager] Chris [Grier] and we’ll be able to go through every little thing that the league’s informed us on. So we’re still at the beginning stages of this. I know that’s the boring answer but that’s what it is right now. Obviously [we are] just coming off the field and you get the quick update, ‘Hey, here’s what little we know,’ and then the good thing is, we’ll have a plan. We’ll have an understanding of what we need to do and the steps we need to take moving forward.”
The phrase “we’ll have a plan” implies that a plan possibly doesn’t already exist. Which means decisions will need to be made quickly, especially with Jordan owed a $1.7 million roster bonus on Monday.
It sounds as if Gase is inclined (for now) to give Jordan a chance to earn the money.
“Like I said, I don’t know him,” Gase said. “I just know when he gets here, like I said, [it’s a] fresh start with me. So I guess that’s really all that matters.”
Jordan played in 16 games as a rookie, with no starts. In 2014, he appeared in 10 games with one start. He has three career sacks.
Ultimately, the most immediate question is whether they’ll keep him or cut him before the $1.7 million is due. Before answering that, the Dolphins need to know the exact moment on which the $1.7 million becomes due.