RENTON — In the exhilaration about the draft class and the return of franchise icon Bobby Wagner, it is straightforward to ignore that Dre’Mont Jones is as vital of an acquisition as any the Seahawks built this offseason.
Surely he signifies the greatest expenditure, as they moved promptly to get him to concur to a a few-12 months offer that can be worth just over $51 million in the opening several hours of the free of charge agent negotiating period March 13.
The whole provided to Jones, who played the past four yrs with the Denver Broncos, signifies the most the Seahawks have handed to any exterior free of charge agent in the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era, surpassing the five-yr, $41 million offer contract signed by receiver Sidney Rice in 2011.
It also significantly eclipses the most for each 12 months the Seahawks have supplied any exterior totally free agent in that time. The past large was the $9.5 million per calendar year they signed linebacker Uchenna Nwous for a year ago.
The common for each year also is 12th-greatest of any interior defensive lineman in the NFL in 2023, according to OvertheCap.com.
It marked a significant elevate for Jones from the 4-year, $4.1 million rookie deal he signed just after he was a third-round select out of Ohio State in 2019.
But if Jones is emotion any included tension as a result of a rich agreement provided to him in the hope he can assist the Seahawks rebuild a defensive line that proved incredibly leaky in 2022, he isn’t permitting on.
“No,’’ the 26-yr-old indigenous of Cleveland mentioned with a smile Thursday when asked if everything has altered for him due to the fact signing that deal final March, a agreement that bundled $23 million guaranteed. “I’m trying to get another just one. My strategy has been the exact because I got to the NFL, variety of actively playing out there with the chip on my shoulder.
“I imply, this deal form of proves my value. But I know I have obtained a lot more to confirm and I have got much more to do.’’
Then, noticing Bobby Wagner seeing from the side as he spoke to reporters, Jones stated “I’m making an attempt to get on Bobby’s stage. So, 1 day at a time.’’
Wagner has built practically $97 million in his NFL occupation, in accordance to OvertheCap.com, which contains a three-calendar year offer really worth $18 million for each season he signed with the Seahawks in 2019.
That regular-for each-12 months for Wagner still signifies the most for any defensive player in Seahawks history, with protection Jamal Adams just driving at $17.5 million. Jones is just guiding him at $17.176 million.
GM Schneider mentioned in March he felt the team received some thing of a bargain in Jones, as they assessed his worth even increased.
“I did not imagine we’d have a likelihood at him,’’ Schneider explained all through the yearly league conferences in Phoenix. “We considered his sector would be even much better than it finished up becoming.’’
It’s thought the Seahawks built their 1st pursuit on the working day no cost company opened at Arizona defensive end Zach Allen as a likely centerpiece of a defensive line makeover.
Allen agreed to a a few-yr offer with the Broncos worthy of up to $45.75 million with $32.5 million assured, $9.5 million much more than the completely assured in Jones’ agreement with the Seahawks.
“It just form of happened,’’ Schneider mentioned in March. “We had been in make contact with early in the day and had been doing the job on anything else that sort of led to that.’’
Soon just after signing, Jones famous that he felt Denver “didn’t fork out me my correct respects’’ with its free agent give and said he arrived to Seattle simply because “they revered me from the soar.’’
Definitely, the way that worked out will lead to but a different Denver-Seattle comparison that can be designed in excess of the up coming couple a long time.
One particular prevailing believed is that the Broncos felt Allen was a lot more dependable against the operate than was Jones throughout his four years in Denver.
And for what it’s worth, Pro Football Emphasis agreed, offering Jones a 41.3 operate defense quality previous yr in comparison to Allen’s 67.4 (the two had equivalent go hurry grades, Jones at 67.3 and Allen at 71.6, and also have very identical physiques — Allen is outlined at 6-4, 281, and Jones at 6-3, 281).
But for the Seahawks, the greatest concern won’t be regardless of whether Jones turns out to be a better signing than Allen but no matter if he merely would make the defense greater this calendar year than it was final time when the Seahawks ranked 25th in points permitted and 26th in yards permitted.
The Seahawks moved quickly in free company to not just sign Jones but also deliver back Jarran Reed — moves manufactured as they also resolved not to re-indicator deal with Poona Ford and release veteran deal with Al Woods and finishes Shelby Harris and Quinton Jefferson (Ford signed with the Expenses, Woods and Jefferson with the Jets and Harris remains unsigned).
And via the first two months of OTAs, Jones and Reed have been wherever anticipated, spearheading the middle of the defensive line.
When the Seahawks have been in a 4-3 entrance, Jones and Reed have labored as the two inside of defensive gamers, essentially lined up as tackles (even though each is listed as an end). When they are in the 3-4, the two have normally flanked nose deal with Myles Adams.
“My purpose is variety of related,’’ Jones mentioned. “ … I’m carrying out a large amount more outside the house stuff in base, but it’s nevertheless identical to what I did in Denver.’’
A handful of OTAs — with no pads or speak to — tell little of the story of how it will all sooner or later function out.
But Carroll said Thursday that so far, so very good with integrating Jones into the defense.
“It’s been easy as can be,’’ Carroll explained. “The discovering and the ideas and the concepts of stuff that we’re undertaking. And we’re mastering him too, since, he’s bought special talents we want to make confident and accent them and use them. We’re learning that as we go. But he’s been really reliable about almost everything. So he’s been truly solid.’’
The Seahawks have a ton driving on hoping that Jones will establish to be all that and much more.