The Seahawks have reached a deal with DL Dre’Mont Jones

RENTON — Traditionally quiet in the early days of free agency, the Seattle Seahawks made a big splash Monday by agreeing to a contract with defensive lineman Dre’Mon Jones.

NFL Network and The Score reported the deal is for three years and up to $51 million.

Seattle was often a passive observer in the early days of the free agency frenzy. But the opportunity to get Jones seemed to change the Seahawks’ approach.

Jones, 26, is the first piece in what could end up being an overhaul of Seattle’s interior defensive line.

Jones had a career-high 47 tackles and matched a career-high 6 1/2 sacks despite missing four games last season for Denver. Jones has recorded 18 1/3 sacks in 42 games over the past three seasons, and improving the performance and pressure of the interior defensive line has been an offseason priority for Seattle.

Jones was a third-round pick by the Broncos out of Ohio State in 2019 and has steadily improved over four seasons in Denver. He should be a big contributor for Seattle, especially if the Seahawks use a similar defensive system.

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