Former No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan has agreed to a contract with the Seattle Seahawks, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
The Miami Dolphins waived Jordan on March 31 after he failed a physical. The move saved Miami $3.225 million in salary for 2017.
Jordan projects as a strongside linebacker in the Seahawks’ base defense and a defensive end in their sub packages. It would be a role similar to the one that Bruce Irvin filled for Seattle before signing with the Oakland Raiders in free agency last year. Mike Morgan, last season’s starting strongside linebacker for the Seahawks, is an unrestricted free agent.
USA Today Sports first reported Jordan’s agreement with the Seahawks.
In 2013, Miami made a trade and moved up from No. 12 to No. 3 to draft Jordan. He had just three sacks in 2013 and 2014 and has had multiple suspensions for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He didn’t play in a game in 2015 or 2016.
The Dolphins kept Jordan under contract the past two years because of his potential. He was eligible to return from suspension in 2016 but arrived at training camp with a knee injury the team was unaware of. Jordan never showed Miami’s coaching staff enough last season to get on the active roster.
Jordan, who turned 27 in March, was a star at Oregon from 2009 to 2012 under former NFL coach Chip Kelly.
There’s only one thing we know for sure about the Seattle Seahawks and the upcoming NFL Draft —- there is almost no chance the seven picks they currently have will be the same and only seven selections they will actually make.
Since 2010, when coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over, Seattle has been as active as any team in the NFL in making trades with its picks — usually trading down but on a few occasions trading up.
And with just seven — which would be the fewest of the Carroll/Schneider era — it seems a given Seattle will try to acquire more.
Still, Schneider made some interesting comments last week about this year’s draft in interviews on ESPN 710 Seattle.
In one, Schneider said the draft “is not quite as deep as last year’s’’ and that there are a few places where the draft “has a couple of gaps and issues,’’ particularly in the rounds where Seattle doesn’t currently have picks — the fourth and the fifth.
Taking literally anything anyone in the NFL says in the run-up to the draft is, of course, fraught with danger. But who knows? Maybe this is one year when Seattle crosses everyone up and plays with a relatively pat hand in the draft.
And who could Seattle be targeting with the picks it has?
With the draft now less than three weeks away — it will be held April 27-29 — it’s time for our annual seven-round Seahawks mock draft.
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