Buffalo Bills: What the team could do with no salary cap restrictions

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Dion Jordan – Defensive End

27 years old (2013 first-round pick/third overall – Miami Dolphins)

2017 Stats (Seattle Seahawks): 5 games played – 1 forced fumble, 4 sacks, 18 total tackles

Contract: 2-year, $5 million – second season is a team option; additional $3 million of performance incentives ($2.5 million/year)

In 2013, Dion Jordan was the third overall pick by the Miami Dolphins and in two years with the team he registered three total sacks in 26 games. After being suspended in 2015 due to a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, Jordan signed with the Seattle Seahawks and flashed the potential that got him drafted in the top three. The former Oregon Duck registered four sacks in just five games, forcing one fumble.

Taking a chance on Jordan is a major low-risk, high-reward option for the team. He showed just some of his potential, and his 6-foot-6, 248-pound frame is oozing with athleticism.

Defensive end is an area of need for the Bills. Jerry Hughes has been the go-to defensive end for Buffalo over the past several seasons, but he needs help. Shaq Lawson was a first-round pick for the team two seasons ago and has had injuries plague him in his first two seasons. Also, his run defense is better than his pass-rushing abilities.

Jordan could be the pass-rushing specialist the team needs opposite of Hughes, but doesn’t has to be the go-to guy. Lawson and Jordan could work in rotation or one could spell Hughes when he needs a break, providing depth to the position.

By offering a lower annual salary laced with incentives, Jordan could remain motivated to perform to reach his bonuses. By the time the contract expires, Jordan could be a turn into the player the Dolphins thought they were getting. That could in-turn give Jordan the opportunity to earn a big contract and stay with the team, wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks.

With a two-year deal and a team option, if he fails to perform or is unable to stay out of trouble, the team can rid themselves of the player with little money spent.