Dion Jordan

49ers sign Dion Jordan to one-year contract for added D-line depth

49ers sign Dion Jordan to one-year contract for added D-line depth

The 49ers are adding a former top NFL draft pick to their defensive line.

Dion Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft, has signed a one-year contract with the 49ers, the team announced Friday.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the 49ers were expected to sign the defensive end.

The 49ers hosted Jordan on Tuesday, and clearly liked what they saw. Jordan, 30, recorded two sacks last season in seven games with the Raiders.

Jordan hasn't lived up to his draft status since the Miami Dolphins selected him in 2013. The former Oregon Duck also has dealt with a long list of off-field issues. 

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He was reinstated by the NFL last November after serving a 10-game suspension for Adderall. He also missed the entire 2015 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and has been suspended several other times as well. 

Between the Dolphins, Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, Jordan has 10.5 career sacks over 50 games.

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The 49ers' defensive line is a strength, but their pass rush on the outside actually is thin. Nick Bosa is a star, and the same goes for Dee Ford when healthy. Arik Armstead plays defensive end in base situations, though he is more effective working inside as a nickel pass-rusher. And then there's Ronald Blair, who is working back from a torn ACL.

Aside from that group, the 49ers could use some help on the outside. Jordan always has been skilled, and should be worth a gamble for the reigning NFC champions.

Why Jadeveon Clowney likely not included in 49ers' edge-rusher search

Why Jadeveon Clowney likely not included in 49ers' edge-rusher search

The 49ers reportedly had free agents Ezekiel Ansah and Dion Jordan in for physicals Tuesday, presumably out of an interest to add depth on the edge behind Nick Bosa and Dee Ford. Ansah played for the Seahawks last season, while Jordan spent the two previous seasons with Seattle.

In keeping along with that theme, there is another free-agent edge rusher -- a much bigger name -- who also played for the Seahawks last season. But while the 49ers surely would love to sign former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, there's (almost) zero chance that would actually happen.

Simply put, Clowney is in a far different situation than Ansah and Jordan, and while San Francisco feasibly could add either of the latter two, the former is and will be far too expensive.

Like Clowney, Jordan and Ansah were highly-regarded talents coming out of college and were taken with the No. 3 and No. 5 overall picks, respectively, in the 2013 NFL Draft. Clowney went No. 1 overall the following year, but unlike him, both Jordan and Ansah now must prove themselves before either could expect a big payday. The only reason Clowney remains unsigned, on the other hand, is because he's currently waiting for one.

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The 49ers signed tight end Jordan Reed to an incentive-laden one-year contract Monday, and if they sign either Ansah or Jordan, you can expect it to be a similar type of low-risk, high-reward deal. That simply won't suffice for Clowney, though. Well, not unless he's willing to take that type of pay cut, and there's no reason to believe that he will.

Clowney will not get the lucrative contract he was hoping for and/or expecting upon entering free agency, but there are numerous teams with enough cap space to offer him more than the 49ers realistically could. It sure doesn't seem like he'll be headed back to Seattle, and while he could sign with San Francisco as a way to stick it to the team that didn't give him the contract he believes he is worthy of, don't count on that being ample motivation to do so.

His actual production last season -- only three sacks in 13 games -- likely is part of the reason why Clowney remains unsigned, as it doesn't match up with his reported demands. As the 49ers are well aware of, however, he can be a nightmare to go against, having recorded five quarterback hits, a sack, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and defensive touchdown in the Seahawks' overtime victory at Levi's Stadium last season.

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Inevitably, Clowney will sign for considerably less than he was hoping for. It still will be more than the 49ers can offer him, though, so don't expect him to be brought in for a physical, too.

At this point, the best realistic hope the 49ers can have regarding Clowney is that he signs outside of the NFC West, and preferably not with one of their 2020 opponents.

What 49ers' interest in Ziggy Ansah, Dion Jordan means for pass rush

What 49ers' interest in Ziggy Ansah, Dion Jordan means for pass rush

The 49ers’ defensive line might be the strength of the team. But they are looking for even more from their outside pass rush.

The 49ers reportedly have visits planned for veteran edge rushers Ezekiel Ansah and Dion Jordan. Both players entered the NFL as first-round draft picks in 2013 and are being considered to add depth along the 49ers' D-line.

General manager John Lynch wants to provide some insurance to the outside pass rush.

Nick Bosa and Dee Ford are the 49ers’ top edge rushers. While Arik Armstead plays defensive end in base situations, he is more effective working inside as a nickel pass-rusher.

Ronald Blair, who could be the team’s No. 3 defensive end in passing situations, is working back from a torn ACL. Blair currently is on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list. The 49ers likely were able to re-sign him because the knee injury greatly influenced his market as a free agent.

After Bosa, Ford and Blair, the 49ers do not have a lot of answers.

Kerry Hyder, whom the 49ers signed as a free agent in the offseason, is the only other veteran outside pass rusher on the team. Hyder had 8.0 sacks with the Detroit Lions in 2016 while working with current 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. But in Hyder’s other 26 NFL games, he has just 2.0 sacks.

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Kocurek also has a history with Ansah, 31, whom the Lions selected at No. 5 overall in 2013. Ansah had a career-best 14.5 sacks in 2015 and 12.0 sacks in 2017, but injuries have impacted his career. He registered 2.5 sacks with the Seattle Seahawks in 11 games last season.

Jordan was the No. 3 overall pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2013, but his career was derailed by off-field issues.

He did not play in 2015 and 2016 after a third violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy. The Dolphins released him in 2017, and he signed with the Seahawks. He was suspended for 10 weeks last season for using Adderall.

In 50 career games, Jordan has 10.5 sacks. He played seven games with the Raiders last season and posted 2.0 sacks.

The 49ers visited with Damontre Moore last week, who was among the team’s final cuts last year. San Francisco re-signed Moore after Blair’s injury, but Moore sustained a fractured forearm in his second game with the club.

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The 49ers owned the top pass defense in the league last season, and a lot of the team's success can be traced to their pass rush. They tied for fifth in the NFL with 48 sacks during the regular season.

The pass rush took a hit in the offseason with the decision to trade defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick. Buckners registered 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons. The 49ers used their first-round draft pick to select Buckner's replacement, South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw.

While Kinlaw is expected to step in and be an immediate force against the run, it might take a while to develop his pass-rush skills. He registered a total of 10.0 sacks during his final two seasons of college.