Dion Jordan's absence during the Miami Dolphins voluntary offseason conditioning program was a story last week. But that is being dwarfed today by the fact Jordan will be out all of the 2015 season while serving an NFL drug suspension.
Jordan tested positive in 2014 after serving two suspensions for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy and substance abuse (street drugs) policy. The 2014 positive test occurred when one of Jordan's samples (he was tested regularly) was diluted, which the NFL deems an attempt to mask a positive result. The result was on the substance abuse side.
The story was first reported by ESPN.
A source tells the Miami Herald the Dolphins have been trying to trade Jordan since March. They have spoken to a dozen teams who showed interest. The Philadelphia Eagles showed the most interest and one source said a deal could have been made during the draft.
At one point the sides were discussing a deal that included Philadelphia guard Evan Mathis but that idea was dismissed by the Dolphins. The teams would more likely have exchanged Jordan for a later round draft pick.
The Eagles are coached by Chip Kelly, who coached Jordan at Oregon.
No deal will be made now.
Jordan will not appeal, per a source. That means he can request reinstatement next year. He will miss the season.
And what does that mean for his Dolphins future?
Well, he is officially a draft bust. How else to put it when the No. 3 overall selection in 2013 will have contributed only three sacks his first three seasons while being suspended three times?
He has as many drug suspensions as sacks. Think about that.
He has as many yearlong suspensions as he does NFL starts in his first three years.
It is a sad situation for the young man. But this is of his own doing.
But the business side, it is a terrible situation for the Dolphins who not only wasted the pick, but the extra second-round pick they gave Oakland for moving from No. 12 to No. two years ago.