The Seahawks are picking up the scraps of the Miami Dolphins and figure to get some good work out of them the rest of the year.
Just a few days after Dion Jordan made his long-delayed season debut, the Seahawks brought back former Legion of Boom original Byron Maxwell (2011 sixth-rounder).
Jordan is another case of the Seahawks’ patience seemingly paying off. Nurtured back by the Seahawks after missing two and a half years due to a suspension and a knee injury, Jordan got off to a great start in Arizona last Thursday — notching a sack and three quarterback hits. He could come in very handy as the Hawks play without Cliff Avril and Malik McDowell and with a bunch of banged-up linemen — Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Frank Clark, Marcus Smith, Jarran Reed — down the stretch.
“He’s got a big upside now,” Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN on Monday. “He is a big, physical tough guy with a lot to prove.”
Assuming Jordan stays healthy and plays well enough, the Hawks could easily retain him in 2018. Jordan will be a restricted free agent, meaning the Seahawks will have the right to keep him via tender.
A first-round pick in 2013, he played the first two seasons in Miami before being suspended for 2015 and missing 2016 with a non-football knee injury. The CBA says players do not accrue credit toward free agency if they are suspended or on NFI, so Jordan will be a restricted free agent in 2018.
That means Seattle could keep his rights via tender. The question is: Which one?
There are three RFA tenders, giving various draft pick compensation for offer sheets that are not matched by the tendering team. The tender amounts in 2017 were $3.9 million for a first-rounder, $2.75 million for a second and $1.8 million for a pick in the original round.
Because Jordan originally was a first-rounder, the Hawks technically could tender him at the lowest level and be protected for a first-rounder. Jordan might argue that via grievance, or he might decide he owes Seattle a full year because John Schneider and Carroll gave him a second chance after all of his troubles. It’s also possible the Hawks would split the difference and tender him at the second-round level (although they need all the cap space they can get).
They still have to see him stay healthy and contribute the rest of this season before they make that decision, but it could be an interesting one.
Meanwhile, Maxwell joins Seattle just a few weeks after Miami gave up on him. He joins a secondary in flux.
Richard Sherman (Achilles) is out for the season, DeShawn Shead (ACL) is still a question mark as the deadline for his activation approaches and Kam Chancellor has a nerve issue (stinger) of unidentified severity. But Earl Thomas (hamstring) should be back for the Monday night game against Atlanta.
Maxwell, signed Monday, is expected to battle Jeremy Lane for Sherman’s spot on the left side. Maxwell almost certainly won’t challenge standout rookie right corner Shaq Griffin, who is the present and future there.
With Thomas back at free safety, Bradley McDougald would move to strong safety if Chancellor is out. Chancellor is coming off his best game of the season and seemed to be stepping up his game at the usual time — the second half of the season. But McDougald brings veteran savvy to the back end; he filled in fine for Thomas and is good around the line of scrimmage, too.
Justin Coleman has been excellent as the nickel corner and figures to remain the top option there.