Seahawks News: Dre'Mont Jones restructures deal plus Football Fest details

  • Jones restructuring deal frees up some money for the team
  • What you need to know about going to Football Fest
Dre'Mont Jones of the Seattle Seahawks
Dre'Mont Jones of the Seattle Seahawks / Ric Tapia/GettyImages

The Seattle Seahawks have finished OTAs and mandatory minicamp. The team finished a day earlier than expected as new head coach Mike Macdonald decided not to hold minicamp on June 13. The move probably made players happy.

Seattle now won't do anything until training camp. That begins at the end of July. 12s should hope there is no breaking news about any player on the team between now and training camp because that probably means something bad will have happened.

On June 25, the team will announce its training camp dates. Camp will start in late July, but the actual dates, including those when fans can attend, are not yet known. In two weeks, we will find out, though.

Seattle Seahawks restructure Dre'Mont Jones' deal

Seattle needed to clear a bit of cap space before the season began because Seattle would need to pay players on the practice squad, injured reserve, and, obviously, the team. There was no real stress about the Seahawks getting under the cap, but any drama was laid to rest on Thursday as Jones and the team agreed to a restructure.

Seattle will be converting $9,875,000 of Jones' base salary into a signing bonus. This frees up $7.4 million in cap room for Seattle so now the Seahawks have $8,500,186 in cap space, according to Over the Cap. Seattle could create more room but converting base salary into a signing bonus for players such as DK Metcalf as well, should the team choose to do so.

The issue is that Jones' cap hit in 2025, which was already extremely high, will now be $25,645,418. Seattle could save $11,572,500 next offseason by releasing Jones. In other words, Jones needs to have a much better 2024 than 2023 for him to definitely be on the roster in 2025.

What 12s need to know about Football Fest

Football Fest is the annual event where Seattle holds its mock game. The game, which is simply a glorified practice, is held at Lumen Field. What makes the event different than normal practices, other than its location, is all the extra stuff happening at Football Fest. There will be musical performances, lots of food and drink vendors, and well...ticket prices.

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If you plan on going to the game, it will cost you $12 a ticket and parking near the stadium will cost you another $20. The game will be held on Saturday, August 3. The mock game begins at 1 pm PT, and gates will open to fans at 12 pm PT.

Whatever you do, though, do not bring your camera or try using your cell phone to film practice. Unlike previous years, the team will not allow that in 2024. Taking photos before practice and afterward is fine.

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