Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Dion Jordon Just Did The Dolphins a Big Favor


It is safe to say it was a bad week for Dion Jordon. His name and image took a beating after he was caught using PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs). The rumor is it was the drug Adderall which is more of a stimulant than a steroid but who really knows since that is kept confidential. With this comes the question how long has he been doing this and how dependent is his performance on the drug. Only time will tell.  It certainly calls into question Dion Jordon’s credibility as well as his reliability to the team long term.  With that being said, it really is not a bad deal for the Dolphins; in fact some might say this actually benefits the Dolphins.

 I know you are thinking I am crazy. However, let’s take a closer look at the Dolphin’s situation coming into training camp.  As of right now Dion Jordon is a Defensive End that has a unique blend of size and speed making him a good pass rusher. However, he has not shown himself to be able to be an every down defensive end yet. He is more of situational pass rusher that is a back-up to Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon. The Dolphins staff is working with him to learn the position and he is poised to take over for Cameron Wake in a year or two or step in for an injury.   For those of you following the Dolphins right now I think it pretty well agreed upon that Miami is deep at Wide Receiver and D-Line. Miami has A LOT of question still on the offensive line and it is going to pretty much be an open competition in camp for everyone but Brandon Albert.  Miami was dealt a blow to the stability of their O-Line when Mike Pouncey was injured. This lead to them to sign Daryn Colledge to add some depth and veteran experience to the line as the team works on way to fill Pouncey’s shoes for the early part of the season. What this means is the team is probably going to have to cut a player at Wide Receiver  or on the DLine who is more talented than someone on the Oline because they need to carry a player to fill in for Pouncey.  It makes it very hard to not put Mike Pouncey on the PUP even if he will be ready by week 4 or 5.  It also means Miami had to give up some precious salary cap space to sign Colledge. From what I have read it cost about 2.5 million to obtain him.  That means they team is going to have that much less to roll over into 2015. 2.5 Million will get you a solid player in free agency so you can really see the Mike Pouncey injury really comes with a price.

Ok now the Dion Jordon suspension gets announced and from what I understand this is what happens.  Firstly, suspended players are not paid their salary or bonuses during the time they are suspended. In fact from what I researched it looked like the league mandates this.  It appears this number comes in at $800,000 roughly for Dion Jordon. This number essentially comes off the salary cap for the team.  Secondly, while suspended, the player does not count toward the 53 man roster. The player is allowed to fully participate in practice however they are not allowed to play in games on Sunday.  So to sum this up, Dion Jordon’s suspension cut the teams the Salary Cap loss by $800,000 and also freed up a roster spot for 4 weeks.  Dion will be practicing with the team and should be ready to go week 5.  Wow! What perfect timing. Dion can sit out so Mike Pouncey can be kept off the PUP. C Wake, O Vernon, and D Shelby ( 3 very capable defensive ends)  will man the D-ends spots without any drastic impact to what the Dolphins would have been using anyway. And if that was not enough Dion’s suspension will pump $800,000 back on the cap to reduce the hit to sign Colledge hit down to 1.7 million.  Let me know what you think but to me that is really not such a bad outcome for the Dolphins.
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I agree. I didnt get into the salary cap as you did but the benefit here is that he is the 3rd, maybe even the 4th DE on the depth chart. Wake and Vernon are beasts so I dont see him becoming a starter, maybe more of an "X-Factor". On the bright side though, at least he wont lose practice time. I do hope however that he can record at least 6 or 7 sacks in his 12 games that he is able to play...

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And let's not forget we will have a bigger and stronger Jordan probably less prone to injury due to his build up. He'll get to train with Wake and Vernon through training camp and 4 preseason games, and be nice and fresh week 5. Wow, was this planned? Haha

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Hand out the adderall.

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Good post gofins4sb!

I don't believe a suspended player is allowed in the team facility during the term of his suspension. I think I read that somewhere about Jordan's suspension.

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Good Catch Carl. It looks like you are correct. The player can participate in training camp and the pre-season but can't participate in practice or games during the regular season. I don't think that will set Dion back too much. He should be fresh and ready to go week 5

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Jordan will be ready to go.

The bigger concern now is that this is strike one with Jordan. Next time the suspension will be longer than 4 games. Hopefully he cleans up his act.

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Lol. Adderall really? Considered a performance enhancement drug what is this world coming to?.

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I think the players use Adderall to help them retain information and slow the game down a bit. If you could read a play a 1/2 second faster or pick up where the ball is a 1/2 second faster it would be a performance enhancer. I really hope that is what it was. We are assuming it was Adderall because Dion said it was a stimulant. For all we know he was meaning something like GSH or something. We will probably never know. It is not a huge deal for the Dolphins and helps them out with a extra roster spot right now. But Carl is right, you have to be concerned with having him replace someone like Wake in a year or 2 because one more fail test and he will be banned for a year.

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Wow gofins4sb, next strike is for a year!

He has to watch whatever he ingests. One stupid drink or something at the wrong time could be expensive. Imagine losing your whole salary for a year for getting a spiked drink at a bar.

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If Miami doesn't have a 9 or 10 win playoff season this year, can someone spike my drink please!?