Just Duckin’ Around — Dion Jordan and Chip Kelly Reunion in the Works?

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We have all found out this offseason just how much of an “Oregon East” the Philadelphia Eagles have become under Chip Kelly, with the blockbuster trade for Kiko Alonso being the shining example of this. As Kelly continues to rebuild this team in his own image, the weeks that follow the draft could be just as interesting as the ones that preceded it. It isn’t much of a stretch to think that if Kelly doesn’t get some of the players he wants in the draft, he could look to other teams’ rosters.

A move to the "City of Brother Love" could be good for Jordan

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A move to the “City of Brother Love” could be good for Jordan.

This thought process has resurrected a rumor about the Eagles trading for former Oregon defensive end and outside linebacker Dion Jordan. While Jordan has largely been a disappointment thus far in his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, most people chock this up to being in the wrong scheme because of his smaller build (6’6”, 275) — i.e., built more like a large tight end or a linebacker than a 4-3 DE.

ProFootballTalk’s David Michael Smith agrees that a change of scheme and scenery could be Dion Jordan’s best bet, with the obvious fit joining his former coach. Aside from the he’s-a-Duck-so-Kelly-wants-him talk, Jordan would be a great scheme fit for the Eagles.

Kelly would be one of the few coaches, along with Rob or Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick who could get the most out of Jordan’s particular set of skills as an edge rusher and the drop man in zone blitzes. If the Eagles did trade for Jordan, he would likely still be a rotational player, likely being used in nickel packages to help cut off outside runs and cover tight ends as well as rushing the passer.

Kelly is one of a few coaches who could make Jordan play his best.

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Kelly is one of a few coaches who could bring out Jordan’s best.

Perhaps the biggest point in favor of this trade is the timing. In his article for PFT, Smith refers to the fact that Jordan could likely be had for a bargain price right now. Amid speculation that the Dolphins don’t even have a role for him on defense, a 4th-round pick or a player the ‘Fins could use might be enough to sway them. Nick Fierro of The Morning Call seems to think the same thing, suggesting a specific trade that would send Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin to South Beach in exchange for Jordan.

At the end of the day, this is just a fun rumor for now, but it’s one of the few rumors that actually makes sense. This seems a lot more plausible than the idea that the entire offseason has been a series of moves to ultimately get Marcus Mariota – as many people keep insisting. We shall see if Chip Kelly has any interest in Dion Jordan, but if the price is right, then why not?

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Noah Smith

Noah Smith

Noah is an undergraduate student from just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. Noah is currently pursuing a communications degree with the goal of becoming a sports journalist. Noah is a die hard Duck fan, mainly because of his obsession with football's X's and O's. In his free time he enjoys watching both pro and college football games,playing and listening to music, and drawing up his own playbooks.


    If Chip can get Dion for a 4th rounder then that’s 2 1st round picks in the draft for the Eagles this year. I just don’t understand why Miami Drafted him and didn’yt think about the system he had played 3 years in. OH well with Kiko and Dion raining terror on Tony Romo and Griffen this will work well for Chip. I actually don’t know if I want Marcus going there because unless Chip stays in Philly for 10 plus years this would kind of be a waste of Mariota’s career and by that he will probably if he goes to the Titans or San Diego or even the Jets he’s going to be taking snaps under Center not in the Shotgun. I really believe Marcus will be the next great NFL QB and turn in a HOF career.

  • ben

    Agree with you and see Chip Kelly ideas for winning to be fresh and outside the box. He is already changing the NFL, a large task, indeed.

  • Mark Saltveit

    Dion Jordan was just suspended for a year for watering down his urine sample, presumably PEDs, out a year. Adam Schefter is reporting that Eagles and Miami were close to a deal until that happened, or at least talking about one.