Jordan agreed to restructure his contract Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Jordan was originally slated to account for $18.9 million against the cap in 2021, a figure so looming in the Saints' quest to maneuver under the salary cap that some reports suggested the star pass rusher may just be a cap causality, but the worst-case scenario never came to fruition. The 31-year-old took a dramatic fall from the double-digit sack pace he'd put together over the past three seasons, tallying just 7.5 sacks despite playing all 16 games. The veteran defensive end has never missed a game in his 10-year career and is just 5.5 sacks away from recording 100 sacks in his NFL career.
Jordan totaled 51 tackles (34 solo), 7.5 sacks, three passes defended and a forced fumble across 16 regular-season games in 2020. Jordan's streak of three straight seasons with double-digit sacks came to an end as he recorded his fewest since 2016. He did, however, extend his streak of seasons with at least 7.5 sacks to nine, and he has yet to miss a game in his career. He'll head into his 11th season just 5.5 sacks away from becoming the 36th player in NFL history to record 100.
Jordan racked up three tackles (two solo), one sack and a tackle for a loss in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday. Jordan is up to 7.5 sacks on the season, a far cry from the 13.5 he averaged across his previous three seasons. It's been a down year for the six-time Pro Bowler, as New Orleans has gotten more help on the defensive side of the ball. Jordan will face Carolina in Week 17.
Jordan won't be suspended after being ejected from Sunday's 32-29 loss to the Chiefs, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. Jordan was ejected for throwing a punch, and he's expected to face a fine. However, the veteran defensive end should be on the field for Friday's matchup against the Vikings. That news is especially encouraging because position mate Trey Hendrickson's (stinger) status is uncertain. Through 14 games, Jordan has registered 47 tackles, 6.5 sacks and a pass breakup.
Jordan made two solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 31-3 win over the Broncos. Coming off a career-high 15.5 sacks in 2019, Jordan has badly regressed this season with just 6.5 sacks through 11 games. However, he's picked up the pace of late, taking down the quarterback five times in the past five contests. Jordan stands a good chance of keep it rolling in Week 13, as Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been sacked on 6.2 percent of dropbacks.
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