Originally written on cover32 - Eagles  |  Last updated 4/10/14
According to Bob Grotz of The Mercury, the Philadelphia Eagles attempted to trade for Miami Dolphins OLB Dion Jordan nearly two months ago. The trade proposal included OLB Brandon Graham. From Grotz: 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. Jordan was selected No. 3 overall in the 2013 NFL draft, a spot before the Eagles selected right tackle Lane Johnson. The Eagles were in need of a pass rushing outside linebacker — and still are — once the new coaching regime switched over to the 3-4 defense. All indications are that if Jordan had been there at No. 4, the Eagles would have pulled the trigger. Graham’s name being floated around on the trade market isn’t surprising, due to the fact that he’s not a scheme fit in Philadelphia. He’s a 4-3 defensive end, and hasn’t been able to make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker. He provides value as a pass rusher, but his snaps are limited because he can’t cover. Jordan, on the other hand, is exactly what the Eagles need right now. He’s an athletic freak, who does have the ability to drop back in pass coverage. He’s a better pass rusher when standing up, but played as a 4-3 defensive end during his first year in Miami. He’s the prototypical 3-4 player, which is a defense the Dolphins don’t run. The addition of Jordan would have provided the Eagles with a replacement for Trent Cole. Cole, who will turn 32 in October, progressed in his transition to the 3-4 scheme, but he’s not the solution there. His cap hit will be in excess of $11 million next year, so this will likely be his last season in Philadelphia. While the Eagles’ suggested bounty for Jordan didn’t seem to please the Dolphins, I wouldn’t expect his name to go away. If Chip Kelly feels like grabbing Jordan is the best play for his team — no matter what picks he may have to give up — he’ll consider doing it. Remember, Jordan played under Kelly at Oregon, so there is already a level of familiarity there. Follow us on Twitter at @cover32_PHI and Troy at @troyweller. You may also be interested in:Report: The Philadelphia Eagles tried to trade for a 2013 top-5 pickFormer Eagle Desean Jackson named a top 10 headache in the NFLDeSean Jackson’s release doesn’t change Philadelphia Eagles’ draft plans
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