Raiders: 3 internal free agents who the team should re-sign

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3. Dion Jordan, DE

Dion Jordan may never be the player he was supposed to be coming out of college seven years ago. His days of being a highly-touted top-3 draft pick have fallen by the wayside and he’s now been relegated to the role of a rotational defensive lineman.

But that’s perfectly fine with the Raiders.

The organization picked him up in November of last year after he had revived his career with the Seattle Seahawks over the previous two seasons. Jordan had been out of football for over two years before returning with Seattle in 2017.

Unfortunately, despite moderate success with the Seahawks, Jordan was once again hit with a suspension — this time a 10-game ban for the usage of Adderall. As expected, Seattle didn’t re-sign him.

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But once his suspension was set to expire, the Raiders came calling and signed the talented defensive end for the remainder of the season. Jordan would tally two sacks in seven games while rotating as a reserve defensive end/defensive tackle.

The Raiders are still high on his pass rush pedigree and love his versatility to play both inside and out. Given that his market shouldn’t be large, Jordan is a player that could be worth keeping around as a solid depth piece.

He’ll never be the perennial All-Pro he could have been at one point, but Jordan is a versatile defensive lineman who brings value to the Raiders.

And as such, expect the Raiders to try and bring him back.