No. 4 - Defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones
Almost exactly along the same lines as Uchenna Nwosu, Dre'Mont Jones is in a make-or-break year and needs Macdonald’s help.
Dre Jones was the largest defensive free agent addition in the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era, signing a 3-year and $51 million dollar deal. Making $10 million last year, Jones was somewhat of a disappointment. He tallied just 4.5 sacks in 17 games (he had 6.5 in 13 games last year) and struggled to push past his 2022 numbers in terms of QB hits and tackles for losses. The eye test matches as well, as it is difficult to remember any game-changing plays, or game-wrecking ability we were told he had in his arsenal.
Like a lot of these talented guys on defense, we are about to find out if that was on the players, or on the coaching. The expectations I have for Nwosu with Macdonald, should be almost identical to what Macdonald could do with Jones.
Championship teams are won by winning the trenches. If Seattle is going to run an $18-plus million cap hit with Jones this season, he needs to play like a red-chip Pro Bowl-caliber player.
Bonus player - Mike Morris
One of the guys that is most excited about the addition of Mike Macdonald is defensive lineman Mike Morris. Morris was a former Michigan Wolverine who learned under Macdonald’s tutelage in his one season as the defensive coordinator at Michigan in 2021. The 6'6", 295 lbs rookie was injured and missed the majority of his first season in Seattle. Reunited with Macdonald, look out for Morris to burst onto the scene in 2024, and become more than just a role player with a new defensive wizard of the Emerald City.