NFL notebook: Dolphins waive DE Jordan

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[April 01, 2017]  The Sports Xchange

The Miami Dolphins waived defensive end Dion Jordan, the third overall pick four years ago, on Friday with a failed physical designation.

Jordan played in just 26 games with one start because of drug-related suspensions and knee issues after he was selected by the Dolphins in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon.

The 27-year-old Jordan most recently played in 2014, where he appeared in 10 games (one start) and made 20 tackles with one sack. He recorded 46 tackles and three sacks during his two seasons on the field.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Jordan spent the entire 2015 season on the reserve/suspended list and the entire 2016 season on the reserve/non-football injury list.

--The Dolphins signed free agent safety T.J. McDonald despite an eight-game suspension to start the 2017 season.

The 26-year-old McDonald received a one-year veteran minimum contract, according to the Miami Herald.

McDonald, who started 53 games for the Los Angeles Rams over the last four years, was suspended by the NFL on Wednesday for half of the 2017 season for violating the league's policy for substances of abuse. He learned of his suspension during his free agent visit this week with the Dolphins.

The penalty stems from a May arrest after McDonald crashed into a parked car, leading to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs. McDonald pleaded guilty in January and was sentenced to 36 months of summary probation, a $390 fine plus penalty assessments, a three-month alcohol program, 200 hours of court-approved community services and 18 narcotic anonymous classes.

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--New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was set to receive a $14 million deferred signing bonus as part of the contract extension he signed in 2016.

Brady's deal called for a signing bonus of $28 million, split into two $14 million payments. He received the first installment when he signed the extension.

Brady's 2017 salary will be a bargain price. He is slated to make just $1 million.

Brady is under contract through the 2019 season. He is currently scheduled to make $14 million in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Those figures could drop as the Patriots often renegotiate deals in which players receive less base salary in exchange for bonuses, often the same type of deferred bonus that Brady was to receive on Friday.

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