Dion Jordan

This Date In Transactions History: NFL Suspends Dolphins’ Dion Jordan

In 2013, the Dolphins made defensive end Dion Jordan the highest selected University of Oregon product since Joey Harrington in 2002. Like Harrington, the selection of Jordan did not prove to be a good one.

Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, was only a part-time player as a rookie and his sophomore campaign did not get off to a promising start. On this date in 2014, Jordan was banned for the first four games of the season after a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

For his part, Jordan claimed that he tested “positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy.” In September, his suspension was lifted as a part of the league’s overhaul of its drug policy, but he was immediately hit with another four-game suspension for a separate infraction. Jordan wound up missing the first six games of the 2014 season and underwhelmed in the ten games he did play.

In 2015, Jordan lost his entire season after the NFL found that he diluted one of his test samples. He was conditionally reinstated in 2016, but the Dolphins were forced to place him on the NFI list as he was recovering from a knee surgery that he did not inform the team about. After a second knee surgery in the fall, the Dolphins were fed up, and they opted against activating Jordan for the home stretch of the season.

The good news here is that Jordan may finally be on the right track. Last year, he hooked on with the Seahawks and showed promise in a small five-game sample as he tallied four sacks. This offseason, the Seahawks retained Jordan on a one-year, $1.9MM deal. He underwent a minor knee procedure in June, but Seattle expects to have him back in time for the preseason.

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Seahawks DE Dion Jordan Underwent Knee Surgery

We now have an explanation for Dion Jordan‘s absence from Seahawks OTAs. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters (including Bob Condotta of Seattle Times) that the defensive end recently underwent a minor “cleanup knee surgery.” Jordan’s estimated recovery time is six-to-eight weeks.

Assuming Jordan had the surgery in the past week or so, he’d be returning right in time for the start of preseason football. While the 28-year-old could easily be back for Seattle’s August 9th matchup against the Colts, he might also need some time to get in shape. In the unlikely event that the recovery extends into the regular season, Seattle could turn to a number of fill-ins, including Rasheem Green, Marcus Smith, Branden Jackson, and Quinton Jefferson.

The third-overall pick in 2013, Jordan disappointed during his four-year tenure with the Dolphins. He appeared in 26 games between 2013 and 2014, totaling 46 tackles and three sacks. After being suspended four games in 2014, Jordan earned a season-long ban in 2015. Upon reinstatement, he didn’t play a single snap with Miami in 2016, and he was ultimately released by the team. He caught on with the Seahawks this past year, compiling 18 tackles and four sacks in five games. Jordan signed his RFA tender back in April.

While Jordan will be out for OTAs, it sounds like three veterans are set to return next week. Carroll told reporters that safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Byron Maxwell and defensive end Frank Clark are expected to be at mandatory mini-camp (via Condotta on Twitter).

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Dion Jordan Signs RFA Tender

Dion Jordan will move forward with his second NFL employer. The Seahawks defensive end signed his RFA tender and is now under contract for the 2018 season.

Tendered at the original-round level, Jordan is now attached to a $1.907MM salary this season. The 28-year-old pass rusher made just $640K last year.

He’ll move back into the picture for the Seahawks as they construct a defensive line that will not include Michael Bennett and may well be without Cliff Avril as well.

Although Jordan only played in five games last season, starting none, the former No. 3 overall pick showed promise. He registered four sacks and earned an 83.6 grade from Pro Football Focus. He will now be part of an edge defender core that houses Barkevious Mingo, who also underwhelmed as a top-10 pick from 2013, and one that could be centered around Frank Clark.

The Seahawks will begin their offseason program Monday.

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RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/14/18

Here are today’s restricted free agent and exclusive-rights free agent tender decisions, with the list being updated throughout the day. All links go to Twitter unless otherwise noted:

RFAs

Tendered at the second-round level ($2.914MM):

Tendered at original round level ($1.907MM):

Non-tendered:

ERFAs

Tendered:

Non-tendered:

Seahawks Tender Dion Jordan

The Seahawks have tendered defensive end Dion Jordan at the first-round level, according to the NFL’s transactions wire. This will spike Jordan’s salary to 4.129MM next season.

The reported decision to tender Jordan at the highest level comes as a surprise. The former No. 3 overall pick could have been retained with the original-round tender, which would have entitled the Seahawks to the first-round compensation in the event of an unmatched offer sheet, only with a cheaper placeholder for the Seahawks. The Seahawks could just be rewarding Jordan for his hard work in 2017 and putting out a show of good faith as they ponder a longer deal with the defensive end.

A bust with the Dolphins due to suspensions and injuries, Jordan landed in Seattle and played sparingly. But during the 135 snaps he did play, Pro Football Focus bestowed a strong grade upon the former top-five pick.

Considering the Seahawks traded Michael Bennett and have Cliff Avril possibly facing retirement, Jordan could see more time next season. This financial decision should ensure it, although it will be on the one-time high-end prospect to stay healthy.

Seahawks Place OL Rees Odhiambo On IR

The Seahawks have placed offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo on injured reserve in order to clear a roster spot for newly-activated defensive lineman Dion Jordan, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times (Twitter link).Rees Odhiambo (Vertical)

Odhiambo, a 2016 third-round pick, became Seattle’s starting left tackle this year following a preseason injury to George Fant. The 25-year-old was extremely ineffective in his seven starts, however, grading as a bottom-three blindside protector, per Pro Football Focus. The Seahawks offensive line continued to struggle as a unit, ranking 16th in adjusted sack rate and 27th in adjusted line yards.

Those problems forced Seattle general manager John Schneider to make a move before the NFL’s trade deadline, and the club ultimately sent second- and third-round picks to the Texans in exchange for veteran left tackle Duane Brown. Brown started against the Redskins in Week 9 and played all 83 offensive snaps, while Odhiambo was not only relegated to the bench, but listed as inactive for Sunday’s game.

Odhiambo dealt with a serious chest injury earlier this year, but it’s a multiple hand issues — which will require surgery — that will sideline him for the rest of the season.

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Seahawks To Activate Dion Jordan This Week

Dion Jordan will be activated to 53-man roster this week, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tells reporters (Twitter link via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times). Carroll added that the defensive end is “ready” to play. Dion Jordan (vertical)

It’s a big step forward for the former No. 3 overall pick in the draft. Thanks to suspensions, knee injuries, and a host of other issues along the way, Jordan has not played in a game since December 28, 2014. His return to football is more than just a feel-good story for the Seahawks, however, given their defensive line issues throughout the season.

Through 26 games in 2013 and 2014, Jordan registered only 46 tackles and three sacks. He may never realize his massive potential in the NFL, but the Seahawks were optimistic enough to give him a low-risk, one-year deal in April. Jordan now has an opportunity to reward Seattle’s faith in him and potentially set himself up for a lucrative contract in March.

If all goes according to plan, Jordan will make his on-field return on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

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NFC Notes: Lions, Bucs, Cowboys, Seahawks

Tight end Eric Ebron is the biggest name being floated around by the Lions with the trade deadline looming, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. General manager Bob Quinn has been aggressive since assuming the job nearly two years ago, and even pulled off a midseason deal in 2016 when he traded Kyle Van Noy to the Patriots, Meinke notes. A first-round pick out of North Carolina in 2014, the athletic tight end was expected by many to have a breakout campaign following a career year in 2016 but that has not been the case. Ebron has tallied more than two catches in a game just once this season but still possesses freakish physical traits that could lead a team to take a shot on the fourth-year pass catcher. Ebron is signed through 2018 and is due to earn $8.25MM next season.

Here’s more from the NFC:

  • Jameis Winston reinjured his shoulder against the Bills in Week 7, Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter confirmed in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio (Twitter link). “[Jameis] was doing better, he played very well, especially in the second half against Buffalo,” Koetter said. “We did have that one sack-fumble in the first half, and he did kind of reinjure it, and so that’s what led to him not throwing on Wednesday or Thursday this week.” Despite missing two days of practice, Winston took all reps on Friday and will start vs. Carolina in Week 8.
  • The Cowboys are not looking to move any of their receivers, team vice president Stephen Jones said in a radio interview with 105.3 The Fan (Twitter link). Jones added the team has not specifically been asked about Cole Beasley‘s availability in a trade. After posting a career-high 75 catches in 2016, Beasley has hauled in just 16 grabs in the team’s first six games this season. It also doesn’t bode well for the slot receiver’s future in Dallas that the team drafted Ryan Switzer, a near carbon copy of Beasley, in the 2017 NFL Draft. Beasley is signed through 2018 and is due to make $3.25MM next season.
  • The Seahawks are paying Dion Jordan $7.2K and Malik McDowell $5K per week while the two are on the NFI list, tweets Joel Corry of CBS Sports. Though a team doesn’t have to pay a player on the NFI list since the injury occurred away from the field, Seattle was able to come to terms with the two defenders. Jordan returned to practice this week, so the team has three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster or he will not be eligible to play again this season. McDowell is still out indefinitely.

Seahawks’ Dion Jordan Returns To Practice

The clock has started ticking on Dion Jordan. The Seahawks defensive end is returning to practice this week, the team announced. The team will now have three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster. If they fail to do that, he will not be eligible to play again in 2017. Dion Jordan (vertical)

Seattle added some reinforcements to the defensive line this week by signing veteran Dwight Freeney. In three weeks time, the Seahawks may or may not need Jordan’s services. It’s also not a given that he’ll be in football shape. Thanks to personal problems and injuries, Jordan has not played in a game since December 28, 2014.

The former No. 3 overall pick has just three career sacks to his name. The potential is still there for him to do something at the NFL level, but he’ll first have to get himself on the right track. The Seahawks, who took a very mild risk on him with a $615K non-guaranteed contract, are curious to see what he can offer.

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Seahawks Notes: Avril, Joeckel, Alexander

As he continues to deal with a neck injury, Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril has sought multiple medical opinions and is visiting another doctor today, tweets Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. Head coach Pete Carroll originally indicated Avril would be sidelined “awhile” with a stinger and numbness in his arm, but subsequent reports have expressed concern about the future of Avril’s career. While Seattle has the defensive line depth to withstand a Avril absence (Frank Clark, Marcus Smith), his absence will certainly be felt, and doubts about his ability to continue playing are certainly worrisome.

Here’s more from Seattle:

  • Left guard Luke Joeckel is expected to miss four-to-five weeks after undergoing knee surgery during the Seahawks’ bye week, reports Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times (Twitter link). Joeckel, who signed a one-year, $8MM contract this spring, has played every snap at left guard for Seattle this season. Perhaps unsurprisingly given his track record with the Jaguars, Joeckel had struggled — along with the rest of the Seahawks’ offensive line — through five games, grading as the No. 44 guard among 75 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus. Mark Glowinski and rookie Ethan Pocic will now compete to replace Joeckel, per Condotta.
  • Free agent safety Maurice Alexander is visiting with the Seahawks this week, as Condotta writes in a full piece. Seattle should be relatively familiar with Alexander, as he’d spent the entirety of his four-year NFL career with the Rams. Alexander, who has also auditioned for the Jets and Cardinals since being waived last week, offers valuable experience (18 starts over the past season-plus), but he’d seemingly be overkill in Seattle. The Seahawks already boast two of the NFL’s best safeties in Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, plus veteran Bradley McDougald and rookies Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson in reserve.
  • If recent history is any indication, Seahawks defenders Dion Jordan and DeShawn Shead likely won’t return to the field for three more weeks, opines Brady Henderson of ESPN.com. Both Jordan, a defensive end, and Shead, a cornerback, are allowed to resume practicing today, but neither player is ready to roll just yet. Once they are, Seattle will get a three-week window during which Jordan and/or Shead can be added to the 53-man roster. Jordan is currently on the non-football injury list, while Shead is on the physically unable to perform list. As Henderson notes, the Seahawks have typically given their players ample practice time before activating them.