The Seattle Seahawks started free agency by signing Luke Joeckel, the #2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and now they’re adding the #3 pick to the roster. USA Today’s Tom Pelissero reports that Seattle has signed Dolphins draft bust Dion Jordan.
Source: Dion Jordan has agreed to terms with the #Seahawks. Fresh start for the former No. 3 overall pick.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 11, 2017
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but he has passed his physical, which is something he didn’t do in March when the Dolphins cut him to save cap space.
Miami traded up nine spots to select the former star defensive end from the University of Oregon. The move turned out to be a complete disaster, as he has as many career sacks (three) as he does drug test-related suspensions. He failed two drug tests during the 2014 season, which led to him missing six games, then a diluted sample earned him his third strike, which barred him from competing for the whole of 2015.
The 26-year-old Jordan was reinstated for the 2016 season but wound up missing the whole year anyway because of a knee injury. Miami was ready to ditch the DE experiment and play him at linebacker prior to the injury, so I have to think the Seahawks envision him in a SAM role much in the way Bruce Irvin was used after his rookie year.
Consider this one of Pete Carroll’s cheap reclamation projects. If it doesn’t work out, then it’s not as if they broke the bank to get him, but if it does work out and he can come remotely close to living up to his draft pick, then hooray for the Hawks.