The Seattle Seahawks were apparently keen on Dre’Mont Jones when they were trying to work out a deal for Russell Wilson with the Denver Broncos. But as we know, they didn’t end up getting him.
Fast forward to now, and Jones is rocking the Seahawks jersey after joining them as a free agent. He’s pretty stoked about it, but he’s also kicking himself for not making the move a year ago.
During his first interview as a Seattle Seahawks player on Monday, Jones openly expressed his dissatisfaction with the Broncos, stating that they should have traded him from the beginning.
“I was included in the trade. Denver said no. And then, Denver kind of … I don’t want to say that word. But Denver didn’t pay me my proper respects. So, I’m here, because they respected me from the jump.”
Jones, who was drafted by the Broncos in the third round of the 2019 draft, spent the first four years of his NFL career with the team. His lack of a new contract before the end of his rookie deal this offseason could have contributed to his belief of not being valued. Consequently, Jones opted to sign a lucrative three-year, $51 million contract with the Seahawks, becoming one of the most sought-after defensive ends in the market.
Over the course of his four seasons with the Denver Broncos, Jones recorded impressive statistics, including 22 sacks, 38 quarterback hits, and 133 total tackles. In Seattle, he will serve as a starter on the end in their 3-4 scheme.
In March, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider revealed that they expressed interest in acquiring Dre’Mont Jones while negotiating the Wilson trade with Denver Broncos.
“We talked about a bunch of guys, and he was one of them, they were not willing to part with him.”
The Seahawks struck a deal with Denver that included quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, and defensive lineman Shelby Harris. They also received two first- and two-second-round draft picks but had to trade Russell Wilson and a fourth-round pick to Denver. Fast forward to now, the Seahawks have picked up Jones as a free agent to fortify their defense. They’ve also revamped their offense, with Geno Smith at the helm, who surprisingly led them to the playoffs last season.