Any time an organization changes general managers, league-wide speculation mounts that the new sheriff will begin jettisoning players to reshape the team under a new philosophy.
The Miami Dolphins are a prime candidate to unload former general manager Jeff Ireland's pet projects now that Dennis Hickey is calling the front-office shots.
There are mixed reports on the availability of Ireland's big-ticket items.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Friday, via league sources, that the Dolphinshave begun shopping 2013 No. 3 overall draft pick Dion Jordan, while rival executives believe Hickey might also be open to dealing Mike Wallace and Cameron Wake.
A Dolphins source told the Miami Herald that La Canfora's report is false in regard to all three players. The team denied the reports with "no equivocation," added the Herald's Armando Salguero.
A source also informed the Palm Beach Post that the Dolphins have not spoken to other teams about Jordan and that there hasn't been any internal dialogue about trading Wallace or Wake.
It wouldn't be a surprise if Hickey eventually dangles Jordan, who has no clear-cut position in coordinator Kevin Coyle's 4-3 defense. The former Oregon star is better suited as an edge rusher in a 3-4 scheme, and he's buried behind 2013 breakout star Olivier Vernon in Miami.
Even if Hickey is collecting draft picks and clearing cap space to rebuild his tattered offensive line and lock up Brent Grimes, it's hard to imagine Wallace and Wake changing uniforms this offseason.
Salary-cap penalties aside, the Dolphins couldn't get enough value in return to make it worth pulling the trigger.
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