Even if Dion Jordan can find a team in 2019, he’ll still spend most of the season on the bench.
The free-agent defensive end on Tuesday learned that an arbitrator has denied his appeal of a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Jordan had been taking Adderall, a medication to treat ADHD, though his therapeutic use exemption (TUE) had expired.
“I made a mistake,” Jordan told NFL Media by phone Tuesday. “I feel like the person that I am, I’m ready to move forward, I’ve been ready to move forward, with this specific issue. I’ve been working really hard with myself outside of football, and I can see the progress as a young man, as Dion Jordan, I can see it.
“My whole lifestyle — it’s been a 180-degree change. I f—ked up, man. I can’t fix this s—t. It is what it is. But I know what I can’t do and what not to do compared to the mistakes I’ve made in the past.”
Jordan previously was suspended four games in 2013 for the same violation after testing positive for a banned stimulant, which is why he was handed such a hefty ban for the most recent infraction.
“It hasn’t held me back from anything that I need to do to continue to move forward to be a better football player, a better person,” Jordan said. “And I know I have the physical ability to go play football and help somebody win football games.”
Jordan, 29, was selected by the Dolphins with the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but was released in March 2017 after he failed a physical.
He then signed with the Seahawks in April 2017 and the team placed a first-round restricted free agent tender on him last March.
Jordan had 22 tackes, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 12 games for Seattle last season.