Seattle Seahawks cut former third-round pick Nazair Jones

Dylan Mickanen
NBC Sports Northwest

To make way for the 17 undrafted free agents signed following the 2020 NFL Draft to the 90-man roster, the Seattle Seahawks cut defensive tackle Nazair Jones who they selected 102nd overall during the 2017 NFL Draft.

The former third-round pick out of North Carolina spent three up-and-down seasons in Seattle after signing a four-year, $3.17 million contract that included a $706,288 signing bonus. 

Entering his rookie season, Jones was the third defensive tackle on the depth chart behind Sheldon Richardson and Jarran Reed. In his debut, he intercepted an Aaron Rodgers screen pass and returned it for a touchdown, but it got negated by an illegal block in the back by Cliff Avril during the return. 

After Sheldon Richardson suffered an oblique injury, Jones got his first career start in a 17-14 loss to the Washington Redskins, where he had 3.0 tackles and 0.5 sacks.

He would finish his rookie season with 19.0 tackles, three pass deflections, two sacks, and one interception in 11 games and two starts. 

Jones entered the 2018 season as the fourth defensive tackle on the depth chart, despite the departure of Sheldon Richardson, and began the season inactive in the Seahawks' season-opener against the Denver Broncos.

He never saw the field in his third season due to a knee issue that placed him on Injured Reserve during the preseason.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described the issue as "a tendinitis type of thing that's bothering him," but he stressed "that's not an official evaluation." Five days following those comments, Jones' season was over. 

The former Tar Heel finished his Seahawks career with 26.0 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception, and three pass deflections. 

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