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Current Seahawks Starter Bolts for Deal With Raiders: Report

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A former Seattle Seahawks starter has found a new home.

As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter On Sunday, November 6, former Seahawks cornerback Sidney Jones signs a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders pending an investigation.

“Former Seahawks CB Sidney Jones, the 2017 Eagles second-round pick from Washington, is expected to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders pending his physical,” Schefter said.

The 26 year old Jones was recently released by the Seahawks after Seattle failed to find a trade for the veteran at the close of Tuesday, November 1st.

After being traded to Seattle from the Jacksonville Jaguars before the start of the 2021 season, Jones started 11 of his 16 appearances with the Seahawks. One of the few bright spots on a secondary who ranked second to bottom in pass defense, Jones produced 66 tackles and 10 pass deflections.

According to Pro Football Focus, Jones posted a 70.2 defensive grade and ranked 26th among all cornerbacks in at least 10 games last season.

After a solid 2021 season with the Seahawks, Jones signed a one-year, $3.6 million contract with the expectation that he would start this season. However, rookies Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant unexpectedly showed up as cornerbacks in the starting XI in the preseason. Worse still for Jones is the fact that veteran Mike Jackson also defeated former second-round draft pick.

Because Jones fell down the depth chart, he only appeared in three games this season. In fact, he appeared on just 45 defensive snaps — 21 percent of snaps during his three appearances. His limited role made him expendable after Seattle’s failed attempts to trade Jones.

As NFL Network reported on Oct. 30, just before the deadline, the Seahawks had received some “requests.”

“Veteran corners are hard to find, and Jones has a lot of experience,” said NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. “He’s not expensive ($1.277 million for the rest of this season) and could fill a quick need for a CB-needing team. Seattle has received some requests here.”

The Seahawks save $40,000 in bonuses per game after Jones’ release, as noted by Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

“Not a big surprise,” said Condotta. “Seahawks will save $40,000 in roster bonuses per game if Jones waives it.”

As noted by SB Nation’s John P. Gilbert, Jones was once projected as a first-round pick before tearing his Achilles tendon.

“Jones was obviously a highly touted candidate from the University of Washington, but his fate took an unfortunate turn when he tore his Achilles tendon on his pro day leading up to the 2017 draft,” said Gilbert.

Bleacher Report’s Paul Kasabian points to Jones numbers to step in to improve a Raiders defensive unit struggling drastically in the secondary. Las Vegas lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9 after losing a large lead.

“He now joins a struggling Raiders team that’s down to 2-6 after going 0-17 en route to a 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday,” Kasabian said . “Las Vegas stepped in on Sunday, allowing for the second-highest quarterback rating in the NFL, according to the Pro Football Reference. The Raiders are certainly hoping Jones can help stop the back-end bleeding after allowing Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence to complete 25 of 31 passes for 235 yards.

Considering he only received a small amount of playing time in Seattle, Jones will certainly welcome the challenge – and the longer playing time – of playing in Las Vegas.

“He now joins a struggling Raiders team that’s down to 2-6 after going 0-17 en route to a 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday,” Kasabian said . “Las Vegas stepped in on Sunday, allowing for the second-highest quarterback rating in the NFL, according to the Pro Football Reference. The Raiders are certainly hoping Jones can help stop the back-end bleeding after allowing Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence to complete 25 of 31 passes for 235 yards.



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