The Seahawks made a big splash early in free agency, signing former Broncos defensive end Dre’Mont Jones.John Boyle
Days after the Seahawks' 2022 season came to an end, Pete Carroll was asked what his team needs to do in order to improve what was an inconsistent defense.
"We are going to have to become more dynamic up front, we have to," Carroll said... "We need guys to be an issue for the opponents."
And looking to get that done, the Seahawks kicked off free agency by signing defensive end Dre'Mont Jones, a player they see as a potential difference maker for their defensive line.
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The Seahawks haven't frequently jumped into the early stages of free agency under Carroll and general manager John Schneider, but they made an exception in order to acquire Jones in the initial wave of moves, a signing that became official on Thursday. Jones, a disruptive and versatile pass-rusher in Denver, part of what the Seahawks hope will be a rebuilt and improved defensive front in 2023.
"It seems like the best fit for me," Jones said after signing. "They have a promising team, a lot of good pieces offensively and defensively. It just seems like the right place to make a new start, have a new beginning."
The 26-year-old Jones, who was a third-round pick out of Ohio State in 2019, had 6.5 sacks along with 47 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and 10 quarterback hits in 13 games last season. In four seasons, Jones has 22 sacks, including 5.5 or more in each of the past three seasons.
"I'm definitely a hungry player," he said. "I'm here to be a solution, not a problem. All my life I've been an underdog in a way, always kind of counted out in a way. So that's what motivates me, that's what drives me. Every play, every game, I take it very seriously."
In addition to Jones, the Seahawks also added Jarran Reed, who spent his first five seasons in Seattle before playing in Kansas City and Green Bay the last two seasons. The Seahawks also released a pair of defensive linemen from last season's team, Shelby Harris and Quinton Jefferson. With free agency just getting started and with 10 picks in this year's draft, including four in the first two rounds, the Seahawks aren't done adding to their defensive line, but the additions of Jones and Reed are a solid early start to rebuilding that group.
Before signing, Jones said he talked to some of his former Denver teammates who joined the Seahawks last season via trade.
The feedback he received was, "It's a good place with a good foundation. They have a lot of people who genuinely care about you as a player and a person. That's what I need, a system and organization that cares about me beyond football."