Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins dodging Dion Jordan questions; Ross wants Michigan draftees; Draft, not Zach Brown the priority

Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) trains on the sidelines during day three of the Miami Dolphins training camp held at the Dolphins Training Facility in 2016
Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) trains on the sidelines during day three of the Miami Dolphins training camp held at the Dolphins Training Facility in 2016 lriely@miamiherald.com

If you ask the Miami Dolphins about the status of players on their roster, you generally get plaudits and hopes and expectations about that signed player. If you ask the team about Dion Jordan, you get a lot of pregnant pauses followed by non-answers.

That speaks volumes.

That tells you Jordan’s future with the team is a dead-end street.

So ask Dolphins executive vice president for football operations Mike Tannenbaum if it is safe to assume Jordan will be on the team in 2017 and the non-answer is telling:

“Our roster is always up for discussion,” he says

Ask him if Jordan has met expectations since being drafted No. 3 overall in 2013 and being a huge disappointment with multiple NFL suspensions and injuries more numerous than actual big plays. and the answer again speaks of Jordan having no future with the team.

“Obviously from where he was selected to today, it’s not a move that’s worked out,” Tannenbaum said. “That’s pretty obvious. And we’ll keep evaluating our roster and make moves when we feel it’s appropriate.”

And then someone who is oblivious to where this is going asks if Jordan can best help the Dolphins as a linebacker or defensive end and this from Tannenbaum:

“Like I said, we’re going to keep evaluating our options there,” Tannenbaum said. “When we have an update, we’ll let your guys know.”

Can we stop the charade?

The Dolphins are distancing themselves from Jordan because he will not play for them in 2017 or ever as The Miami Herald reported in January and February and in March. When the regular season rolls around, he will not be on the 53-man roster.

Did the Dolphins confirm that Monday?

No, not in so many words.

But when reporters asked about Lawrence Timmons, which they did, the Dolphins commented on the player’s future with the team. When reporters addressed the recent signings on Kiko Alonso and others, the team was glowing in its response about hopes for how those players are in the plans.

Asking a question about Jordan was like tossing a heaping, smoldering boulder of kryptonite at Superman. The Dolphins ran away from the query virtually shrieking in fear.

He’s not playing for this team in 2017.

He’s not playing for this team ever.

Move on.

Zach Brown on hold

The Dolphins won’t say they’re out of the Zach Brown sweepstakes, but apparently they’re not completely immersed in signing the free agent linebacker at this point.

“The lion’s share of our focus right now is on the draft. If an opportunity came along, we’d evaluate it appropriately. But our focus is really on the draft and something comes along, we’ll certainly look at it.”

Brown is said to have been considering offers from both the Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. He also visited the Buffalo Bills, his old team that has a new coaching staff.

Looking to keep Landry

The Dolphins want to sign receiver Jarvis Landry to a contract extension. The receiver has caught 288 passes for more than 3,000 yards his first three seasons so the Dolphins want to sign him to a contract extension sometime this offseason.

Indeed the Dolphins and Landry’s agent have had numerous talks about how the process will work, if not specific numbers. But Tannenbaum declined to put a timetable on whether that extension will come before or after the draft.

Tannenbaum also said a decision on picking up right tackle Ja’Wuan James’s fifth-year option will not be made until after the draft.

Ross prefers maize and blue

Three times during Monday’s meeting with reporters, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had his cellular phone ring. Each time it was Hail to the Victors, the Michigan fight song, as the ring tone.

And so it remains no secret Ross is a big Michigan booster and fan. So much so he said he attended Michigan’s pro day.

So if the Dolphins are sitting at No. 22 in the coming draft and a Michigan player such as Jabrill Peppers or Taco Charlton are available, is he going to push his employees to draft his favorite college team’s guys?

“Of course I’m going to say something,” Ross admitted. “... I’m going to say something, but I’ve told them they don’t have to listen to me.”

Season tickets selling

Club president and CEO Tom Garfinkel said the team’s season ticket renewals are ahead of the 2016 pace.

“We expect to be up from last year in season tickets,” Garfinkel said. “And we expect to sell out every game.”

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