Seahawks may be asking much more from Dion Jordan after Michael Bennett trade

Defensive end Dion Jordan had not played in the NFL in over two years due to injuries and suspensions that nearly brought his career to an end. But after compiling four sacks in five games late last season and with Michael Bennett being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, Jordan may be a vital piece of the Seattle Seahawks defense in 2018.

Although Jordan is a restricted free agent, his circumstances have made it incredibly likely for Seattle to keep him next season. The Seahawks can place the cheapest restricted tender on Jordan, an original-round tender worth $1.9 million for 2018. However, since Jordan’s original round was the first round, any team looking to sign Jordan to an offer sheet would have to give the Seahawks a first-round pick in compensation should Seattle decline to match.

The Los Angeles Rams were able to do the same with Dominique Easley last year. However, it’s a rare occurrence that a first-round pick doesn’t accrue enough service time to avoid restricted free agency.

Bennett is gone, Cliff Avril may never play again due to a neck injury sustained last season and Frank Clark is set to enter the final year of his rookie

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