Dion Jordan said Friday that he expects his contract situation to be resolved by the time Miami Dolphins players report to training camp Saturday.
But if he’s forced to hold out, Jordan has a good lead on a part-time job: ice cream deliveryman.
On what could be his last free day for a long time, the Dolphins’ first-round pick took a tour of downtown Miami in a food truck Friday, promoting the valet service Uber, which is trying to break into the South Florida market.
For $30, Miamians had frozen treats delivered personally by Jordan, the No. 3 pick in April’s draft. Jordan rode shotgun in Andy Exler’s ice box-on-wheels – named Andy’s Sweet Tooth – hanging out the window and handing out treats.
“A few people recognized me,” Jordan said. “We took some pictures.”
Whenever the defensive end actually signs his rookie contract – and he insists it will be sooner rather than later – his profile is sure to grow.
He’s the last of the Dolphins’ nine draft picks still unsigned, and the hold-up is over guaranteed money. Miami’s front office is insisting his contract contain offset language – which would allow the Dolphins to recoup some of Jordan’s salary should they cut him before his contract is up (assuming someone else signs him).
Dolphins’ representation, led by agent Doug Hendrickson, has balked at the demand. Hendrickson has not returned multiple phone calls and emails from the Miami Herald this week. If a deal cannot be reached by Saturday, when players report to camp, Jordan will become the third straight Dolphins first-round pick to hold out.
On Friday, Jordan said that won’t happen.
“It’s not finalized yet, but I’ll be there,” he promised.
The Dolphins surely want him in uniform. He hasn’t taken a true snap in practice since they drafted him.
League rules prohibited Jordan from participating in any offseason session except for rookie minicamp because his school, the University of Oregon, operates on the quarters system. And for the short time he was on the field, he was limited by a shoulder injury.
Still, Jordan has been in town for the last two months, working out with his new teammates, he said.
Asked how much ground he needs to make up, Jordan said: “A lot.”
“But I’m not the only person who feels like he has a lot to do coming into the season,” he added. “I’ve got to put the work in, regardless.”
And he’s “really” excited for the return of football.
“I’m sure everybody is around the country,” he added. “It’s about that time, people are getting tired of watching baseball.”
• The Dolphins have put talks with free agent Vonta Leach on hold for now and will stick with their current fullbacks – Jorvorskie Lane and Evan Rodriguez – for the start of training camp.