Dion Jordan reinstatement request lingers, curiously

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Nearly 15 months ago, the NFL suspended Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan for at least a year. Nearly two months ago, he applied for reinstatement. With training camp looming, no action has been taken on his request.

It’s a strange situation, mirroring the unexplained delay that clouded the initial reinstatement efforts of Browns receiver Josh Gordon. In Gordon’s case, the suspension later was extended; in Jordan’s case, a source with knowledge of the situation has expressed a high degree of confidence regarding the player’s compliance with all requirements of his treatment program and his successful completion of all drug tests. If there’s any reason why Jordan shouldn’t be reinstated, Jordan and those close to him aren’t aware of it.

The delay takes on even greater importance because Jordan is due to receive a $1.7 million roster bonus on the fifth day of training camp, which is Monday. Despite a report that the bonus no longer is owed, the truth is that the bonus is no longer guaranteed. If he’s on the roster on the fifth day of camp, the team owes him the money. If he’s not, he doesn’t get it.

And so the inaction regarding the consideration of Jordan’s reinstatement request has triggered suspicion that the delay isn’t accidental or inadvertent. If it is, the league should in all fairness rule on the request sooner than later — especially since the training-camp roster bonus was developed as a compromise to the offset debate, giving the player a large chunk of his compensation for the current year without credit for the team if he’s cut more than five days after camp opens.

Even without the roster bonus hinging on the decision, Jordan deserves to know whether he’ll be playing. If he won’t be, he deserves to know why.

24 responses to “Dion Jordan reinstatement request lingers, curiously

  1. Regardless of an impending bonus, a decision should made by the start of camp. That way the team and the player knows they’re situation.

    Now, I’m a Dolphin fan, and hope that Dion has turned his life around and is ready to play football. His play was poor to average, but excelled at covering stars like Gronkowski when he had the opportunity.

    But, I do think that a player that’s been suspended for a year, should NOT get a roster bonus for simply staying at home. Injured is one thing, but suspended for something shouldn’t be rewarded with millions of dollars, especially since that didn’t help out your team.

    Maybe convert it to the end of the season.
    If he’s on the roster on week 17 with no suspensions then he gets the negotiated bonus.

  2. Actually, the Dolphins do not owe him that money because of his suspension. It’s in his contract. You guys need to get the facts before reporting this stuff.

  3. It’s beyond ridiculous that the NFL doesn’t have set deadlines for responding to issues like this. I get that it partially falls on the players for not making that a negotiating point in the CBA, but they shouldn’t have to. Most professionals, especially those as high up as Roger Goodell, wouldn’t want to look completely incompetent by routinely failing to handle basic matters in a timely fashion.

  4. I don’t think he would/should get that bonus because he has been suspended TWICE but I can see how a lawyer can argue it as Florio did. One way to eliminate the issue completely is to reinstate him on the 6th day of training camp after the bonus trigger has passed. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Dolphins requested that if the league/union’s opinion matches Florio’s. Can’t say that I blame them if they did make that request.

  5. Why should the team put his needs 1st when he didn’t put the teams needs 1st. Let him sit at home for a few more weeks.

  6. The NFL will probably make more $$ selling Gordon jerseys and by him playing in Cleveland than they would if Jordan came back for Miami so they needed to get him done first!

  7. Roger has just been too busy handing out suspensions to deal with lifting any, even with Josh Gordon he had to come up with a way to suspend him for 4 more games and then he tries to justify it by allowing him to be with the team during the extended suspension, The rules are at Rogers discretion and the owners are so far out of touch with the fans that as long as the money keeps rolling in they don’t care about anything else, Lots of Integrity there…

  8. davidrome13 says:
    Jul 26, 2016 3:43 PM

    Actually, the Dolphins do not owe him that money because of his suspension. It’s in his contract. You guys need to get the facts before reporting this stuff.
    ____________________________________

    You need to read the article before spouting off. I believe it was addressed in the middle of the article that it was reported he was no longer owed the money.

  9. This kid if reinstated better play like no tomorrow, grow up & stay off the sauce!!! I hate to see a young kid not get a shot but he did bring it on himself so maybe dragging this along is the only way the kid will learn!!!

  10. Curious? You want curious? Darrell Washington, suspended indefinitely, AZ Cardinsls. There is simply nothing from him, the team, or NFL?

    Florio? Answers? Thank you.

  11. “a source with knowledge of the situation has expressed a high degree of confidence regarding the player’s compliance with all requirements of his treatment program and his successful completion of all drug tests. If there’s any reason why Jordan shouldn’t be reinstated, Jordan and those close to him aren’t aware of it.”

    Or they’re not sharing it with the media types.

  12. lenthevikesfan says:
    Jul 26, 2016 5:27 PM

    davidrome13 says:
    Jul 26, 2016 3:43 PM

    Actually, the Dolphins do not owe him that money because of his suspension. It’s in his contract. You guys need to get the facts before reporting this stuff.
    ____________________________________

    You need to read the article before spouting off. I believe it was addressed in the middle of the article that it was reported he was no longer owed the money.
    ====
    Florio said ” If he’s on the roster on the fifth day of camp, the team owes him the money. If he’s not, he doesn’t get it”. Jordan is neither guaranteed nor “owed” said bonus, regardless of when he’s reinstated. David is correct based on the contract language. Perhaps you should reread article, and the contract language prior to “spouting off”.

  13. A lot of This falls on Jordan and his agent because they could have applied as early as February but he waited until May and now he wants an answer to me that just shows more of the problems with this kid if I were suspended for a year I would make sure the very first day that I’m able to apply that I would have my application in so after all this time off and even going 2 months beyond what was required he wants an answer?

    Screw him, if they’re making him wait till after the 6th to avoid paying him any money whether true or not who cares he got 13 million dollars and did nothing I’m so sick of this kid if the Dolphins bring him on board he better produce right away hopefully they have a deal to trade him to San Francisco let them deal with him.

  14. If this guy was with a contender, he’d have been reinstated already, and, if he was with the Pats, he would have been reinstated the day after he applied–because we all know Robert Kraft owns Goodell.

    Either that, or Dolphins management doesn’t want to pay him the money, so they have requested the NFL to delay the reinstatement.

    Either way, very unfair to Jordan! So Josh Gordon and the stinkin’ Browns get better treatment? Not fair!

  15. The NFL is wrong here. Just make a decision one way or the other. Or make suspensions with defined timetables. If it’s a one year suspension or a two year suspension, after the time is up he is eligible to play. The NFL needs to decide and then everyone can move on.

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