Can Dion Jordan Resurrect His Career With the Seattle Seahawks?

The Seattle Seahawks announced a very fascinating signing on Tuesday, as former first-round pick Dion Jordan agreed to join the team:

Drafted third-overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, Jordan represented the trendy hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end everyone was clamoring for. Dripping with upside and athleticism, his career with the Dolphins got off to a quiet start.

As a rookie, he managed 2.0 sacks and 19 tackles in 16 games. From there, his career took a considerable nosedive. In 2014, Jordan was suspended for six games due to violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy. He ended the season with 1.0 sacks and 20 tackles in 10 games.

He was suspended the entire 2015 season as a result of violating the substance policy a third time. The 15-month suspension ended the following year. Jordan showed up to camp with a mysterious knee injury. He reportedly had arthroscopic surgery on his knee during the offseason, and failed to reveal this (or the preexisting injury) to the Dolphins. A failed physical resulted in Jordan missing the entire 2016 season.

As such, he now gets a fresh start with Pete Carroll and the defensive-minded Seahawks. If there’s a place for the former Oregon player to thrive, this would be it. Carroll has a penchant for former Pac-12 players, and also is universally known as one of the brightest defensive minds in the game. Jordan is also only 27 years old, and has not accrued the normal wear and tear on the body when compared to peers his own age.

Jordan is expected to start out as a rushing outside linebacker — with the hopes of latching onto this roster for the entire 2017 season.

This is a low-pressure, high reward-type signing for the Seahawks. If Jordan doesn’t pan out, the team can easily cut its losses. However, this 6’6″ 275-pound athlete has big-time potential. Should Carroll and this stable franchise be able to tap into the upside, Jordan could end up being a key cog in what could be another Super Bowl run.

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