BY Art Thiel 09:14AM 04/11/2017

Ex-Ducks DE Dion Jordan signed by Seahawks

Taken with the third pick in the 2013 draft, LB/DE Dion Jordan was mostly a bust with the Miami Dolphins, who cut him March 31. The Seahawks are taking a low-risk chance on a comeback.

Former Oregon star Dion Jordan was mostly a bust for the Miami Dolphins. / USA Today

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

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  • Mark Stratton

    Why is Kelcie McCray still on the market? I thought the Hawks liked him and if not, he seemed like a decent safety.

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