Tuesday’s roundup: Jordan suspended for 2015 season
Davie, Fla. — Dion Jordan’s 2015 season is over before it started, and his tumultuous time with the Miami Dolphins might be finished as well.
The Dolphins and the NFL announced Tuesday that Jordan has been suspended for the 2015 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
The defensive end was not at any of the team’s voluntary workouts last week, raising plenty of eyebrows about his status and his future with the Dolphins.
“We were disappointed to learn about Dion Jordan’s most recent suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the Dolphins said in a statement. “A player’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. We have made every effort to support Dion, both on and off the field and we will continue to do so to the extent allowable under NFL guidelines.”
Jordan’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, did not respond to a request for comment.
The news came two days before the start of the NFL draft, and will likely have at least some effect on the Dolphins’ strategy. Miami has the No. 14 selection in the first round.
Jordan would have earned about $5.6 million this season, a figure that includes a prorated portion of his $13.3 million signing bonus and a $585,000 base salary.
Jordan’s arrival was much ballyhooed, and has been mostly booed ever since.
The Dolphins — then with Jeff Ireland as general manager — traded the No. 12 and No. 42 picks in the 2013 draft to Oakland in order to move up and select Jordan with the No. 3 overall selection.
As a rookie, Jordan had 26 total tackles and two sacks, never exactly meeting the expectations that accompanied being selected so highly and signing a contract worth about $20.6 million.
Then in 2014, the trouble really started. Jordan was suspended for the first four games on the Dolphins’ schedule last season for violating the NFL’s drug policy, then had two more games tacked on after an additional violation was found.
In all, Jordan appeared in 26 games with one start for the Dolphins, totaling 46 tackles and three sacks.
Jets fined for tampering
Woody Johnson made one costly comment for the Jets.
The NFL is fining the team $100,000 for tampering because of the owner’s comments in December about Darrelle Revis, then a member of the Patriots, the Associated Press reported.
The Jets will not lose any draft picks as a result of the fine, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither the team nor the league announced the sanctions. The New York Daily News was the first to report the NFL’s decision.
The Patriots filed a tampering charge against the Jets after Johnson said he’d “love to have Darrelle back” when asked if there could be a possible reunion during the offseason. Revis, who spent his first six seasons with New York, helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl in February.
The star cornerback re-signed with the Jets as a free agent a month later.
After Revis returned to the Jets on a five-year, $70 million contract, Patriots owner Robert Kraft commented that he wished the cornerback “was still with us.” New York then filed a tampering charge against New England — since Revis was then a member of the Jets — but the Patriots will not face any punishment from the league, according to the person with knowledge of the situation.
“I really don’t have any comment on it,” Revis said before voluntary minicamp practice. “I know my name was involved in the tampering situations, but it’s not in my control.”
Revis rejoined his former New England teammates last Thursday, when the Patriots visited President Barack Obama as Super Bowl champions at the White House. Jets running back Stevan Ridley, another former member of the Patriots, also attended the ceremony.
“It was awesome,” Revis said. “I got to take a lot of pictures, got to see the president. Cool guy. It was a great experience.”
Revis didn’t feel at all awkward being with the Patriots for one final time despite being a member of the AFC East-rival Jets.
League to start paying taxes
The NFL is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a “distraction.”
In a letter to team owners, Goodell said that the league office and its management council will file tax returns as taxable entities for the 2015 fiscal year. Goodell said the NFL has been tax-exempt since 1942, though all 32 teams pay taxes on their income.
Goodell said the change will not alter the function or operation of the league, since all the teams already pay taxes.
Ravens party canceled
The Ravens have canceled an NFL draft party at their stadium in the wake of unrest in the city.
The Titans picked up the fifth-year option on wide receiver Kendall Wright.
... The Bills have secured cornerback Stephon Gilmore through the 2016 season by exercising their right to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.
... Maurice Jones-Drew signed a one-day contract with the Jaguars, ceremoniously retiring with the team that drafted him in 2006 and ending a nine-year career that included 13,348 all-purpose yards and 81 touchdowns.
... The Bengals picked up the options for cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and guard Kevin Zeitler, leaving them under contract through 2016.