New Seahawks DE Dre’mont Jones says Broncos should have included him in Russell Wilson’s trade package
It’s April 2023, but the drama surrounding Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson’s March 2022 move from the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos never ends. Seattle Seahawks 2023 free agent signee and defensive end Dre’mont Jones, who joined the team this offseason on a three-year, $51 million contract, could have been a Seahawk last offseason.
He revealed at his introductory press conference Monday that Seattle originally wanted him included in the package of assets sent to them in exchange for Wilson. Instead, the Seahawks received three players (QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant, and DL Shelby Harris) along with five draft picks (two first, two second, and a fifth). Jones has expressed frustration that the Broncos barred him from trading and then didn’t sign him under a contract he would have considered respectable.
“I mean, shit, they should’ve just traded me off the jump,” Jones calledabout the Tacoma News Tribune. “I got involved in the trade. Denver said no…Denver didn’t give me my due respect, so I’m here because they respected me from the jump.”
The 26-year-old has recorded at least 5.5 sacks and seven lost tackles every season since 2020 after switching from defensive tackle to defensive finishing rank after his rookie year in 2019. Last season, Jones had a career year with 6.5 sacks and nine tackles for the loss. He joins a Seattle roster that is expected to improve greatly this month from the 2023 NFL Draft as the Seahawks have four picks in the first two rounds, theirs and the Broncos’. Denver’s first- and second-round picks, owned by the Seahawks, are the fifth picks in each of the first two rounds.