We have now officially entered the third and fourth phases of free agency as the 2013 NFL Draft is just 16 days away. This is where the special teams mavens, underpaid veterans and journeymen sign one-year deals. Some even return to their old teams. That's why a new report mentions that Akeem Jordan could be back with the Eagles. According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com and Fox Sports, the Eagles have made a contract offer to resign the long-time Bird.
Jordan is one of those sneaky, bottom-of-the-roster guys that has been here a lot longer than most fans realize. He is entering his 7th season and has played his entire career in Philadelphia after going undrafted in 2007 out of James Madison. Throughout his time with the team, Jordan has been a sort of utility player, starting at all three linebacker positions and making his bones as a more than solid special teamer. He is an underdog in the true sense of the NFL. He is a bit undersized at 6'1" and 230-pounds, came of out of a small school and really has been behind a revolving door at his position. Still, he has stuck around and made himself a decent career, considering the average NFL career is three years.
Now the question becomes, how will Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman use him? If he is resigned, Jordan would likely be brought in to play special teams, something Kelly seemingly takes very seriously (re-signing Colt Anderson, bringing in Jason Phillips on the first day of free agency). He could also be asked to compete for the backup WILL inside linebacker position. All that said, Jordan does not really fit the "big guy" model that Kelly has been rumored to want.
Throughout his six year career, Jordan has collected 262 tackles, 1 sack and two interceptions. His career game came in the 2009 season-opener at the Carolina Panthers, where he had an interception and his only career sack. Jordan visited with the Bengals today and according to the report by Wilson, has multiple teams interested despite no reports thus far about any other visits.
Would you want to see Jordan return or would you rather give his spot to a younger guy?