This afternoon, the Dolphins signed their number one pick in time for the opening of training camp. At this time, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio is reporting close to a 13.4 million dollar signing bonus, front loaded, with league minimum salaries each year. In addition, certain incentives have been placed into the contract as workout bonuses and training camp bonuses. The deal, however includes the offset language that GM Jeff Ireland and Executive VP of Football Administration Dawn Aponte were adamant about including in last year's deal with Ryan Tannehill. In fact, Jordan's signing set forth a similar signing with offensive tackle Lane Johnson (4th pick) of the Eagles shortly after.
With that said, the Miami Dolphins have the most expensive rookie player that has yet to see the field. Unfortunately, it could be 1-2 weeks before Dolphins fans see Dion Jordan in uniform and in pads due to recovery from shoulder surgery. While Jordan can run and work out, he cannot practice at full-contact with the team.
With 1-2 weeks before Jordan is ready for football contact, a lot of speculation will arise and whether or not the Dolphins’ Jeff Ireland made the wise choice to stare down the Raiders Reggie McKenzie for Jordan versus selecting a much needed offensive lineman. Perhaps Ireland didn’t want to make the same mistake taking a lineman in the first round and went toward his evaluative strength, defensive players. Or, Ireland finally made true on his "pillar of defense" comment prior to his first draft in 2008 when he selected Jake Long.no comments