Free agent DE Dion Jordan, a three-time violator of the NFL’s substance-abuse program cut two weeks ago by the Miami Dolphins after failing a physical, was signed Tuesday by the Seahawks, according to a report in USA Today. The deal is likely a low-risk, one-year deal to see if Jordan, the No. 3 pick in the 2013 draft, can overcome his past, as well as a knee injury that forced him to sit out the 2016 season.
Jordan, 27 and 6-foot-6 and 248 pounds, is likely to be an edge rusher/linebacker in the mold of former Seahawk Bruce Irvin.
In high school in Chandler, AZ, Jordan was a tight end and a star hurdler in track who was recruited to Oregon by Chip Kelly in 2008. He moved full-time to defense in 2010 and was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection. The Dolphins traded up from the 12th spot to select him in the 2013 draft.
His pro career, like that of another recent Seahawks free agent signee, OL Luke Joeckel, taken with the No. 2 pick in the same draft, was something of a bust. He has started just once in five years. He missed six games in 2014 and a result of two positive drug busts, then in April 2015 was suspended for a year after a third violation.
A knee injury cost him the 2016 season, but USA Today reported he passed the Seahawks’ physical. He played 26 games for the Dolphins, who saved $3.2 million by cutting him.
The Seahawks also added two other free agent linebackers, Michael Wilhoite and Terence Garvin, to compete for a spot occupied by Mike Morgan, who remains unsigned as a free agent. The position is often swapped out for a nickel defensive back, a package the Seahawks used more than 70 percent of the time last season.
Miami coach Adam Gase told reporters in December that the knee injury, which happened before training camp began, was holding back Jordan.
“His body’s not ready to go,” he said. “His game is explosion off the ball, being able to redirect, that burst that you want a guy that plays his position to have, and it’s not all the way back. That’s just what it is.”
SEAHAWKS FREE AGENT TRACKER
Unrestricted free agents signed
|Date||Player||Pos.||’16 Team||New Deal|
|Mar 9||Luke Joeckel||OL||Jaguars||1 year, $8M, $7M guaranteed|
|Mar 14||Eddie Lacy||RB||Packers||1 year, $4.25M, $2.86M guaranteed|
|Mar 17||Arthur Brown||LB||Jets||No contract details available yet|
|Mar 17||Oday Aboushi||OG||Texans||$975K, $200K guaranteed|
|Mar 22||Bradley McDougald||S||Bucs||1 year, $1.8M, $750K bonus|
|Mar 23||Michael Wilhoite||LB||49ers||1 year, $1.55M, $800K salary|
|Mar 24||Terence Garvin||LB||Redskins||$855K, $755 salary, $60K bonus|
|Apr 10||Cyril Grayson||WR||No Team||No contract details available|
|Apr 11||Dion Jordan||DE||Dolphins||No contract details available|
Unrestricted free agents retained
|Date||Player||Pos.||’17 AAV||New Deal|
|Mar 14||Neiko Thorpe||CB||675K||2 years, $3.5M, $600K bonus|
|Mar 17||DeShawn Shead||CB||$1.5M||1 year, $1M guaranteed|
|Mar 17||Luke Willson||TE||$1.8M||1 year, 1M guaranteed|
Unrestricted free agents lost
|Date||Player||Pos.||New Team||New Deal|
|Mar 9||Stephen Hauschka||PK||Buff||3 years, $4M guaranteed|
|Mar 10||Brock Coyle||LB||SF||1 year, $775K base salary|
|Mar 17||John Jenkins||DT||Chic||$900K, $100K guaranteed|
|Mar 19||Brandon Williams||TE||Ind||$855K, $40K guaranteed|
Remaining unrestricted free agents
|Date||Player||Pos.||’16 AAV||2015 Season/Skinny|
|—–||Bradley Sowell||T||1.0M||Signed last year, flopped|
|—–||Michael Morgan||LB||1.0M||Started 6 games, 10 tackles, 1 INT|
|—–||Tony McDaniel||DT||985K||Started 10 games, 41 tackles|
|—–||Marcel Reese||FB||885K||Played in 4 late-season games|
|—–||Will Tukuafu||FB||760K||Played in 7 games, made 1 start|
|—–||Jeron Johnson||SS||760K||Played in 3 games, 3 tackles|
|—–||Kelcie McCray||SS||717K||Started 7 games, 37 tackles|
|—–||Steven Terrell||CB||600K||Non-tendered as a RFA|
|—–||M. Seisay||DB||525K||Made 6 starts, caught 2 TDs|
|—–||Devin Hester||WR||—-||Announced retirement|
Restricted free agents
|Date||Player||Pos.||’16 AAV||New Deal|
|Mar 9||Garry Gilliam||T||1.79M||Tendered at $1.797M|