Report: Eagles made trade offer for Miami Dolphins OLB Dion Jordan

Report: Eagles made trade offer for Miami Dolphins OLB Dion Jordan

This time last year, there was rampant speculation as to whether the Philadelphia Eagles would use the fourth overall draft pick on outside linebacker Dion Jordan. The connection was simple: the Birds needed a pass-rusher for their newly installed 3-4 defense, and head coach Chip Kelly knew Jordan better than anyone from their rime together at Oregon.

12 months later, the speculation still hasn't died. It's been rumored since January that the Miami Dolphins might be willing to part with Jordan after just one season, and Philadelphia would be a natural destination. So much so in fact that Bob Grotz for the Pottstown Mercury reported on Thursday the Eagles did in fact attempt to swing a deal for the former Duck.

Buried in the preoccupation with pass catchers is that the Eagles, according to a respected NFL source, made an offer almost two months ago for pass rusher Dion Jordan, who played spectacularly for Kelly at Oregon but hardly at all last season with the Miami Dolphins.

The details are unimportant. The Eagles are said to have included a second-round pick and linebacker-defensive end Brandon Graham. For now Jordan is still part of the Dolphins, who say they’re going to find a way to get him more snaps next season.

Grotz also Tweets the Eagles' first-round pick would get the deal done, and goes so far as to say it would be a "bargain." I don't know about that last part.

Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero got the rumblings started back in January, suggesting newly hired Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey was not attached to Jordan. The 24-year-old also did not appear to be a great fit in Miami's 4-3 defense, as he struggled mightily with just two sacks in 16 games as a rookie.

Salguero suggested Philly could be interested, and it turns out he was right. Kelly insinuated last year that the Eagles might've taken Jordan had he lasted to No. 4, but the Dolphins traded up to nab the 2012 first-team All-American.

Despite Grotz's strong feelings on the matter, that timeline of events is more than enough to make me leery about the idea of packaging a first-rounder for Jordan. I get the current GM didn't draft him, nor is he an ideal fit for the defense, but the fact that they are willing to give up on a player after one season—not to mention eat $10 million in dead money against the salary cap in order to do so—is a serious cause for concern.

Not only that, as Grotz points out in his story, the Eagles would be taking on Jordan's fully guaranteed contract, which has four years at over $20 million remaining.

All of this for a player with two career sacks.

It's worth noting offseason shoulder surgery may have played a role in Jordan's difficult transition to the NFL in addition to being poor fit. You could also argue he hasn't had enough playing time to demonstrate he could make more of an impact.

Jordan may have all the potential in the world, but it's impossible not to view him as damaged goods to a certain extent. If the Eagles are sending Graham in the trade too—a former first-round pick himself who has actually been very productive in limited playing time the past couple seasons—I see no reason they should part with a No. 1 for an unproven commodity.

Then again, a deal for Jordan may be the Eagles' best chance to land a high-end pass-rusher in this draft. The top outside linebacker prospects are likely to be gone by the time Philadelphia is on the clock, so this would be one way around that issue.

Still, I have a hard time trading a premium pick for somebody's secondhand goods. Jordan may very well have a bright future in the NFL, but the new-car smell is long gone.

Doug Pederson: For the Eagles, 'this was a good benchmark'

Doug Pederson: For the Eagles, 'this was a good benchmark'

On his way to the locker room following his team's stunning 34-3 victory over the Steelers, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson reacted, well, like you probably did.

Pederson had to be surprised by what had just transpired. After all, this wasn't the Browns or the Bears. This was the Steelers, who entered the game with the second-best odds behind New England, per Bovada, of winning the Super Bowl (the Patriots were first). 

And the Eagles didn't just beat them. They clobbered them.

But minutes later, when Pederson met the media for his postgame press conference, he tried his best to act like it was no big thing.

“I told the team way back in OTAs that it just takes a little bit of belief," Pederson said. "Belief in themselves. Trust the process. Believe in the coaches and the coaches believe in one another. That’s what they did tonight. 

"Am I surprised? A little. But at the same time, I know that locker room, I know those guys and I know what they are building. By no means have we accomplished anything yet. The season is still extremely young. But what they did tonight just proves that they are coming together as a football team.”

Yeah, yeah. Sorry, Doug. It's OK to be surprised. Scratch that. Make that stunned. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year. But now? Forget that. 

At least for the next two weeks. The Eagles are on their bye week and don't play again until Oct. 9 at Detroit. 

“It is still a young season, only three games. This was a good benchmark," Pederson said. "That’s a good football team, the Steelers are a great football team. They are going to be there at the end, they always are. Coach (Mike) Tomlin always has those guys ready to play. 

"But for our guys, it is just a little glimpse of that belief that I have been saying since the spring and summer. If they just do their jobs, I just feel that good things can happen. We just protect each other in that dressing room in there and keep coming to work everyday.”

Pederson is the only head coach in team history to win each of his first three games. It's only the ninth time the Eagles have started 3-0.

And of course, a big reason they've done so is their prodigy quarterback Carson Wentz, who became only the second rookie in team history to record a 300-yard passing game (Nick Foles is the other).

More impressively, Wentz now has attempted 102 straight passes without an interception, the longest streak ever begin an NFL career (per ESPN). Dallas'  Dak Prescott is at 99 after the Cowboys beat up the Bears.

But don't ask Pederson to admit he's amazed by Wentz or the fact he had the presence of mind to make plays like the riveting 73-yard TD pass to Darren Sproles (much more on that here).

“You know, you just put on his college film. Just watch him," Pederson said. "We exhausted his college tape and those were the plays that he made at North Dakota State. That play tonight was just a tremendous play by both he and Darren Sproles. Those are the types of things that we know he can do. He just keeps gaining confidence every single week.”

As does the defense, which kept one of the league's most potent offenses out of the end zone

"They just weren’t going to be denied," Pederson said. "They just weren’t going to bow their necks. They weren’t going to let them in the endzone. It just came down to our will versus theirs and I was just so happy with the way the guys played. Just a great team effort.”   

Report: Nerlens Noel upset with Sixers' situation at center

Report: Nerlens Noel upset with Sixers' situation at center

After being in the middle of trade rumors over the last few months, Nerlens Noel appears to frustrated with his situation with the Sixers, according to the Inquirer's Keith Pompey.

The Sixers have three starting-caliber centers — Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, who's now healthy — heading into this season.

"I think it's just silly," Noel told Pompey. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to set something done this summer.

"Don't get me wrong. We all get along great on the court and off the court. But at the end of the day, it's like having three starting quarterbacks. It doesn't make any sense.

"And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated."

The Sixers flirted with having two big men on the court at the same time last season, with Noel and Okafor but with no real success. 

He has a point, and the team knows it.

During the summer, reports swirled saying the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor for backcourt help.

Noel, who's in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't appear to believe the current situation will work.

"I think something needs to happen," he said.