Seahawks sign DT Jonathan Jones to an 8-year, $80 million deal

Seahawks general manager John Schneider has made no secret of the fact that he believes Seattle’s defense will benefit from signing Jones, who will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season. 

The Seahawks’ first-round pick in 2016, Jones spent four seasons in Seattle’s front office after being drafted by the Falcons in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jones had a productive season with Atlanta last year, recording 13 sacks, eight forced fumbles and a career-high seven interceptions.

He also had 10.5 sacks and eight forced turnovers last season, his highest total since 2007.

Jones is a versatile defender who has played on the edge, inside and outside, as well as on special teams.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder is also a big-time pass rusher. 

Jones signed with the Seahawks as a free agent following the 2016 season.

Schneider was also able to snag former Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. 

Seattle was also in need of a pass rusher, and signed former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Malik McDowell to a four-year contract extension.

McDowell was the top edge defender in the league in 2016. 

McDowell will compete for a starting job at outside linebacker and a starting spot on special team with DeShawn Shead, who is coming off a career year. 

Last season, the Seahawks recorded 6.5 more sacks than they did in 2016 and had two players with at least 40 tackles and 10 sacks.

They also had a player with at or above 10 sacks in each of their five games this season.