Yes, yes, Dion Jordan has been a major draft bust, everyone and their mother knows this.
The trade up back in 2013 will likely go down in Dolphins history as one of the worst moves Jeff Ireland - and possibly the entire franchise - ever made, worse than even back in 1987 when they drafted another defensive end in John Bosa, who didn't do much for the team but at least he contributed somehow.
Jordan has not.
The reason Jordan has not contributed is not even due to a lack of talent, it's completely been because of his attitude and his inability to remain off of drugs, leading him to getting suspended three times in three years. It's no wonder Dolphins fans are so bitter and upset over Jordan's continued presence on the roster, especially when they could just cut him and save over $3 million in cap space with absolutely no repercussions.
And yet he's still here.
So why does Miami seem to be clinging to the absolutely baseless hope that Jordan might somehow turn things around and start being a viable NFL defensive end? Why not simply cut him now and save the money for a rainy day when it's needed?
Well, there's two reasons.
1. Jordan is still only 27 years old, and he's under contract with the team for one more season after his numerous suspensions led to him having one season on his contract not count, which is why his deal hasn't yet expired. He was drafted for a reason, to rush the passer and to also have some use covering tight ends. He is an athlete.
An athlete that was drafted by Joe Philbin and from day one was not utilized to his true potential due to limitations in coaching. Regardless of personal feelings about Jordan, there are very few who would attempt to deny that it was clear Philbin had no idea how to utilize Jordan or his unique skill set. Adam Gase can do that, if given the chance.
2. The fact of the matter is, Miami has absolutely nothing to lose by keeping Jordan on the roster, nothing except a roster spot during the offseason, which will simply mean there will be one less fringe player attempting to prove they can contribute on special teams.
Jordan is now the fringe player.
There is no logic in releasing Jordan unless you feel that the roster spot and the $3 million in cap space is something that is needed right this second and not later down the line, which when you examine the situation, also is not accurate.
There is no time limit on when Jordan can be released, no incoming roster bonuses to motivate the Dolphins to make a quick decision on their former first round pick. There is no harm in letting Jordan come into the offseason program and attempt to prove that he still has some of what made him a first round pick to begin with.
This is not about expecting anything from Jordan, I am positive the Dolphins also do not actually expect anything from Jordan, nor should they based on the former Oregon standout's past issues. But perhaps they see the reasoning behind letting him stay and try to prove himself.
And if he can't show he's better than other players, he will be cut.
If he can't stay off of the drugs and gets suspended again, he will be cut.
If he gets injured again, depending on the nature of the injury, he will probably be cut.
It's quick, easy and simple to understand. No one is expecting anything out of Dion Jordan, but to simply call for his release at this current time is an emotionally-charged reaction. The emotions are justified, but the requested action for the team to take may not be the wisest move.
Keep in mind, that Adam Gase knows his players, does not fear personalities, and has no problems telling a player to his face that what he's putting forth on the field is not enough when the situation calls for it. For Jordan to still be on the roster at this point in time, it's an indicator that Gase may see something left in Jordan that warrants keeping him around, if only just to satiate curiosity.
Jordan may not be on the roster when the regular season rolls around, and if that happens, then so be it, he won't be missed. One can't miss something that was never there to begin with. But to deny Jordan the opportunity to get a second chance with Adam Gase as his head coach before he even has a chance to try would be illogical, based solely on the fact that Miami simply has nothing to lose by keeping him around for training camp.
If he fails to impress, then the Dolphins can release him, label him as one of the franchise's biggest draft busts ever and never look back.
But on the off chance he does show flashes of still being that first round pick caliber player, then everyone will no doubt thank Adam Gase for giving Jordan the chance that no one else was willing to give.
This column was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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