On Tuesday, one report claimed that the Dolphins are skeptical about Dion Jordan‘s commitment to football and perhaps his overall wellness as he looks to return. Jordan, who was banned from the league in 2015 due to his latest violation of league substance abuse policy, was eligible to apply for reinstatement in late April but did not get the ball rolling until June, which raise eyebrows in Miami.
The account from Omar Kelly of The Sun Sentinel indicated that the Dolphins could consider moving on from the former No. 3 overall pick or, at the very least, negotiate with him to reduce or eliminate his upcoming ~$1.7MM roster bonus. For what it’s worth, Jordan’s agent tells Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald that the league is ready to welcome his client back and the league office will almost certainly green light his return by the end of July.
“I feel very strongly he will be reinstated without question,” agent Doug Hendrickson said. “He’s done everything he has been asked to do. We feel very good where we’re at. We expect Dion to start training camp with the Dolphins…They are excited to have him back. Every team wants top talent.”
Jordan is slated to earn $600K in base salary and is due a $1.69MM signing bonus if he’s on the roster on the fifth day of training camp. Hendrickson seems to believe that Jordan is virtually guaranteed to have a place with the Dolphins in 2016, though he’s not sure where he’ll be used in the front seven. The Dolphins could keep Jordan at his original defensive end position or they could shift him to linebacker. Jackson notes that despite the team’s defensive end depth, DE might be the way to go for this year since there would be a steep learning curve in changing positions after spending a year away from the team.
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