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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
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
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