The Raiders’ defense was a turnstile of street free agents joining and leaving the roster by the end of last season.
The need for constant churning was caused by injuries and ineffective play.
While most of the late additions were just OK (linebacker Will Compton was solid and could potentially return), one of those players who stuck out was defensive end Dion Jordan.
Jordan had just five tackles and two sacks in seven games for the Raiders last season, but he did flash at some points.
The allure of Jordan is his ability. He was the No. 3 overall pick by Miami (taken in a draft day trade with the Raiders that brought cornerback D.J. Hayden (pick No. 12) and tackle Menelik Watson (No. 42) in the 2013 draft.
However, Jordan had several off-field issues and was suspended for chunks of his career. He has played in 50 of a possible 112 games since entering the league.
Jordan is 30, but he has plenty of tread on his tires. He is 6-foot-6, 284 pounds and is very athletic.
Yes, the Raiders gave good money to Carl Nassib in free agency to provide pass rush off the bench and the Raiders still have hope for 2018 third-round pick Arden Key, but Jordan wouldn’t be expensive if brought back. Re-signing Jordan and giving him a training camp and preseason to state his case wouldn’t be a terrible idea.