There was a report last week that the Eagles were interested in making a trade for Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan a year after the Dolphins moved up in the first round to take Jordan with the third overall pick.
Nothing happened, obviously, but it wasn’t the first time that Jordan’s name has been involved in trade rumors this offseason. The change from Jeff Ireland to Dennis Hickey in the general manager office explains some of that as Ireland was the one who made the move for Jordan and Hickey might want to take the team in a different direction.
During an interview on WQAM on Tuesday, Hickey didn’t address the Eagles report directly but did say that the Dolphins are looking forward to bigger and better things from Jordan after he gets a full offseason under his belt after shoulder surgery and Oregon’s late end to the school year kept him from participating fully as a rookie.
“He’s a very talented player and this is a big offseason for him,” Hickey said. “Last year with his shoulder he didn’t have an opportunity to have a full offseason. That’s so important. Developing and getting your body — not just the physical reps but the mental reps — getting in the weight room and all those things is such an important part to get these guys ready to make that jump. We’re excited about Dion going forward and having a great offseason and looking for big things from him.”
Jordan only played 339 snaps on defense last season and a full offseason should allow the Dolphins to find more ways to get him on the field in his second season. Despite the trade chatter, it seems unlikely they would part ways with Jordan before seeing how that works out.