The Miami Dolphins have announced the signing of first-round pick Dion Jordan less than 24 hours before they hit the practice field for the first time of the 2013 season.
Miami’s insistence on offset language had put Jordan’s status for the beginning of camp in doubt. Now under contract, Jordan will have the opportunity to compete for a starting job opposite Cameron Wake.
Unlike many top-five picks, though, he won’t be handed a starting spot. It’ll be up to Jordan to prove that he’s too valuable of an asset as a pass-rusher to be kept on the sideline.
Regardless if he’s able to pass incumbent starter Jared Odrick on the depth chart, Jordan should see plenty of snaps this season on passing situations and expect the Dolphins to experiment with him at linebacker as well.
Kudos to both general manager Jeff Ireland and the Jordan camp for getting this deal done in time for tomorrow’s practice. With business out of the way, who’s ready for some football?