On Friday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the Dolphins have begun shopping defensive end Dion Jordan, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft.
The Dolphins deny the report(s). Strongly. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald says that a team source has characterized each and every prong of the report as “false.”
“So what we have here is an issue of credibility and integrity,” Salguero writes. “Do you believe CBSSports.com? Or do you believe the Miami Dolphins? I know my source. I’m going with the Dolphins.”
Last week, at about this same time, we criticized the 49ers for calling our report of the potential trade of coach Jim Harbaugh to the Browns “completely false” and “ridiculous” not by saying so directly but by leaking the news via unnamed teams sources to a media outlet the 49ers partially own. (As we’ve since learned, the report was hardly “completely false” or “ridiculous.”)
But it’s one thing for a team to feed an off-the-record denial to the house band; it’s quite another for the Dolphins to undermine their relationship with an independent local media outlet by hanging Salguero out to dry by giving him blatantly false information.
And, yes, I’m still a little salty about what happened last Friday. How could you tell?