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.