Seattle Seahawks fans have been waiting for news on whether the team would extend restricted free agent tenders to defensive end Dion Jordan and running backs Mike Davis and Thomas Rawls. And we finally have our answers.
The first update came regarding Dion Jordan.
Seahawks gave restricted free agent Dion Jordan a first-round tender.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) March 14, 2018
And the second update was regarding both Davis and Rawls.
Seahawks also earlier tendered CB Justin Coleman. Seahawks did not tender RBs Thomas Rawls and Mike Davis so they are now unrestricted free agents. Seattle could re-sign either or both.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) March 14, 2018
As a result of being non-tendered both Rawls and Davis are now unrestricted free agents able to negotiate with any team. In addition, as they were non-tendered, they are not considered in the comp pick formula for the Hawks, so there is no need to ask if Seattle could receive a comp pick if either sign with another team. However, it is unlikely that either of them signs a contract large enough to have warranted a comp pick even if they did count.
As for Jordan, the first round tender does come as a bit of a shock. I have reached out to Condotta to clarify whether it is a first round tender or an original round tender, as the original round tender would be a couple million cheaper. However, there is a section of the CBA regarding upgraded tender offers and original round tenders, and there may be a stipulation that for the Hawks to be able to use an original round tender they may have had to tender all of their RFAs. While I wait to hear back from Bob, I’ll dig into the CBA and report back on my findings.
In any case, Dion Jordan should be on the Seahawks in 2018 because there are exactly zero teams that will give up a first round pick on a soon to be 28 year old who is one failed drug test away from an indefinite suspension.
Former NFL agent Joel Corry weighed in on Twitter, stating that Jordan only needs to be tendered at the original round level, and it appears as though this was in fact the tender that was placed.
Dion Jordan has the same problem with restricted free agency as Dominique Easley in 2017. Since Jordan was a 1st round pick, Seattle only has to give him the low tender of $1.907M for his original draft round as compensation with an unmatched offer sheet. https://t.co/jgaipOtKns— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) March 14, 2018