Free agent Dre’Mont Jones says he is signing with Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks are making a uncommon splash within the first wave of free company to handle their largest place group of want.

The group has agreed to a three-year cope with former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones, he instructed CBS Sports on Monday night time.

The deal is value $51 million, based on The Score. That simply makes it the biggest contract when it comes to annual common the Seahawks have given to a different group’s free agent below coach Pete Carroll and basic supervisor John Schneider, topping the $9.5 million common of the deal they gave Uchenna Nwosu final 12 months.

Schneider spoke bluntly on the NFL scouting mix final week and the necessity to enhance the entrance seven of Seattle’s protection after the Seahawks allowed the third-most speeding yards per sport of any group final season and completed twenty eighth in ESPN’s Pass Rush Win Rate.

“I think we’ve got to get a lot better,” Schneider mentioned. “Yeah, we need to be better up front. I think that was pretty evident. We were on the field a lot. We didn’t defend the run real well. We had some games in there [when] we did a really nice job. And we had several games that didn’t go so well. We know what the issues are and we’re ready to attack them and fix them.”

Jones led the Broncos with 6.5 sacks this season regardless of lacking the ultimate 4 video games of the season with a hip harm that didn’t require surgical procedure. He was moved to injured reserve Dec. 11.

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Armed with a tough to seek out quickness-size mixture at 281 kilos, Jones, who turned 26 in January, has proven the power to push the pocket on the within in nickel rush conditions and transfer to the tip spot on early downs.

His potential versatility for both 3-4 or 4-3 defenses — the Broncos performed a base 3-4 in every of his 4 seasons — make him an intriguing choice. This previous season, he performed 451 snaps at defensive sort out and 224 at finish, with 4 of his sacks coming whereas lined up on the sting.

Jones has disruptive upside as a pass-rusher with first-step quickness and short-area juice. His cross rush win charge when lined up inside (15.9%) ranked sixth amongst all defenders in 2022.

A 3rd-round choose of the Broncos in 2019, Jones was a daily all through his first 4 seasons in Denver, however he began greater than seven video games for the primary time in 2022. He had a career-high 47 tackles final season whereas his sack complete tied his excessive from 2020.

Broncos basic supervisor George Paton had mentioned this previous season that he hoped to re-sign Jones, calling him “one of our core players.”

ESPN’s Jeff Legwold and Matt Bowen contributed to this report.