Seahawks Signing Dion Jordan: A Low Cost Deal With Low Expectations
Despite most of the league’s focus being on possible trades or draft picks the Seahawks make. Tuesday saw the team make another low-cost free agent signing, Dion Jordan.
Miami's former third-overall pick, Dion Jordan, reached agreement with Seahawks, as @tompelissero reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2017
Jordan, who was the no.3 overall pick in 2013, has made very little on-field impact over the first few years in the league. He is seen as one of the bigger ‘draft busts’ in recent years. That is due to in 2015 Jordan missing the entire year due to a drug suspension and all of 2016 through injury. His stock is at its lowest and the signing seems curious on the face of it.
Just one start in Miami led to just 26 tackles, with just three sacks.
In college, at Oregon, he shone as a premier pass rusher. His highlight packages really show a great first step speed and ability to get to the Quarterback. But that has not translated to the big league.
That is probably why the Seahawks and its fan base shouldn’t hold out much hope for a renaissance.
Jordan is the 3rd 2013 ‘disappointing’ pick to join the team this off-season. Opposite to Eddie Lacy and no.2 pick Luke Joeckel, Jordan has nothing to base expectation of contribution on. His off-field ‘maturity’ seems to be lacking and not been addressed or fixed in Miami.
The washing of hands from the Dolphins mid-season was telling for their attitude to their big draft investment- the Dolphins traded up for him four years ago. But, in Seattle he has that chance to get in a new, fresh environment and under the tutelage of some of the league’s best and on a top tier defense. One that doesn’t need to have Jordan as a core piece could aid his chance to stick. But that seems unlikely with what comes next.
Players like Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, Ryan Anderson and others are all waiting in two weeks at the Draft and bring club control and higher ceilings than Jordan brings. As with others at this position added this off-season, the draft hedge is the most likely approach with Jordan.
If any rushing linebacker is added this draft, Jordan’s time in Seattle is likely set to be short. If he gets on the field and shows the benefits of everything ‘new’ in Seattle, then the Seahawks benefit from it. But don’t hold out much hope forthe former Duck being the answer.