The 2022 season was terribly disappointing for the Denver Broncos., despite high expectations. They finished at 5-12, and fired first-year coach Nathaniel Hackett
Russell Wilson, who was acquired from the Seahawks before the year, led what ended up being the league’s worst offense by the end of the year, despite good weapons and heavy optimism going into the year.
But, the Broncos’ defense was pretty good. Despite being on the field a considerable amount of time due to the poor offense, and having lost Von Miller in free agency, it finished 12th in scoring defense, a pretty impressive feat. It’s even more impressive when you consider it shared a division with some of the better offenses in the Raiders, Chiefs, and Chargers.
But in free agency on Monday, they lost a big piece in the middle.
𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚: #Seahawks are signing former #Broncos DT Dre'mont Jones, per @RapSheet pic.twitter.com/Sd3desYyJe
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 14, 2023
The fourth-year man was dominant this year for the Broncos. He had 47 total tackles in just 13 games this year for the Broncos, and also had 6.5 sacks, as well. The former Ohio State Buckeye has established himself as one of the best interior disruptors in the league.
Dremont jones is his daddy pic.twitter.com/6xZF8oWnkr
— 21-3 (@HackettSZN) January 14, 2022
Dre'Mont Jones can win with quickness, bull rush. He can two-gap and disrupt upfield.
He's just scratching the surface of his potential, which could be a scary word in free agency. Sounds like he'll get a massive deal though. pic.twitter.com/PrXW9CByeb
— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) March 12, 2023
Dre’Mont Jones to the #Seahawks…
No.10 on my list of the Top 100 NFL free agents.
Ascending player. Interior/edge flex. Pass rush production at DT. You can see the disruptive ability on the tape. pic.twitter.com/t8evI4xkua
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) March 14, 2023
I've spent most of the day watching DEN DL Dre'Mont Jones and have come to the conclusion that Ryan Poles needs to hand this man a blank check. Athletic, powerful, high motor. A perfect 3tech for Flus' defense. Only 26 and only going to get better #Bears pic.twitter.com/2xYyml8SLr
— Chicago Football Connection (@CFCBears) March 11, 2023
It’s a huge loss for the Broncos, as that interior pressure is one of the best ways to disrupt quarterbacks like Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes.