Atlanta Needs To Nix Idea Of A Dion Jordan Trade
The offseason is rapidly approaching its end, and yet trade rumors in Atlanta continue to echo. In the latest speculation, former Miami Dolphins first round draft pick Dion Jordan is on the trading block after a disappointing rookie campaign. There are no official reports on the Falcons interest in Jordan yet, but some fans are drooling at the thought of trading for him. According to "Blogging Dirty" contributor Jake Bennett, the Falcons should be a team “that is interested” because Jordan’s raw talents may thrive more in defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s multiple defense.
However, there is no need for Jordan on the Falcons current roster and there is no point in trading for him right now, especially when training camp is more than a month away.
Sure, the move to obtain Jordan would be doable financially - his base salary is only $495,000, which would not hurt Atlanta’s pocket. The Falcons are about $9.2 million under the cap, and trading for the pass rusher would only decrease this number by half a million dollars. In addition, they wouldn't have to get rid of a player in order to make room for Jordan, and may only require the forfeiture of a late-round pick in next year's draft.
But when you factor in the prorated and roster bonuses, Atlanta would find itself about $5 million under the cap. Jordan’s total salary for this upcoming season is $4,675,522 - that’s too much for an unproven second-year player. He tallied just two sacks and 26 tackles in 2013 and failed to impress. I know that Jordan still has room for improvement, but what if he continues to stink up the field even after a change of scenery? Fans would regret the decision, just as they would have had the team pulled the trigger to move up to draft DE Jadeveon Clowney and he failed to produce. The jury is still out on Jordan. I'd rather not see the Falcons waste money on a second-year player with this many question marks.
Also, the Falcons already have proven pass rushers on the roster in Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann. The team signed veterans Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai this offseason as well. Atlanta then bolstered the defensive end and outside linebacker spots during draft weekend, picking up three edge players such as the hybrid defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman out of Minnesota. The Falcons also brought in two undrafted free agents who can come in and help pressure quarterbacks in Nosa Eguae and Jacques Smith. That leaves Atlanta with up to eight players who can penetrate the backfield. With that amount of pass rushers, the Falcons simply don’t need to trade for Jordan.
Atlanta should just forget about trading for Jordan and leave those thoughts as what they are right now - rumors.