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Out of all the reunion talk between Bobby Wagner, Frank Clark, and Ethan Pocic (re-signed by the Browns), the first one to actually hit is Jarran Reed. And the first Seahawks reporter to smartly suggest the pact was ESPN’s Brady Henderson. Seattle is re-signing Jarran Reed to a two-year contract worth up to $10.8 million, giving the defensive line a durable interior presence who has played in 50 of a possible 50 games over the past three seasons.
With three different teams.
The 49th overall pick in 2016 out of Alabama by way of East Mississippi CC, Reed posted a breakout season in 2018 with 10.5 sacks and 24 QB hits. That was a year under Ken Norton (and Clint Hurtt’s second as DL coach) that opened up a lot of opportunities on the stunt with Frank Clark adding 13 sacks of his own. Quinton Jefferson, released on Tuesday, added QB hits that year.
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Reed’s one season of missed action came the next year, as he played in 10 games, which was horrible timing for him given that it was a contract season. Reed re-signed on a one-year deal and posted 6.5 sacks with 38 tackles, then joined Clark on the 2021 Kansas City Chiefs.
Reed then played one year on Joe Barry’s defense with the Green Bay Packers, playing for defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. The Packers blog Lombardi Ave cited Reed as a “breakout” player in 2023:
Concerns have been growing over the weak run defense with accountability falling on the defensive line.
With that being said, former Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed has proven to be a solid addition to the Packers defense. With 29 tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble this past season, Reed could be part of the solution.
A breakout performance from Reed is exactly what Green Bay needed to rebuild defensively.
SI’s Packer Central also wanted the team to re-sign Reed:
Reed was worth every penny of last year’s one-year, $3.5 million contract. Along with Rudy Ford, Keisean Nixon and Dallin Leavitt, it was one of several budget-signing additions made by GM Brian Gutekunst.
Defensive line, already a need for the Packers, would be a massive need if Reed were to leave in free agency. He played 41.5 snaps per game. Who’s going to pick up the slack?
Brady had it early. Tom Pelissero had it first. Bob Condotta confirmed. But maybe Quandre Diggs broke the news.
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In other Seahawks news, Rashaad Penny signed with the Eagles. Seattle is open for a RB2, as DeeJay Dallas doesn’t quite fit the role and Travis Homer, also a free agent, is not that answer. The draft would still seem to be the most likely avenue for a change there.
Bobby Wagner’s next team remains a mystery, but a few suitors seem to have gone in other directions. The center market also got more shallow on Tuesday, with Garrett Bradbury staying on the Vikings and Connor McGovern going to the Bills.
Dre’Mont Jones, Al Woods, Jarran Reed, Bryan Mone, Myles Adams is your current defensive line. More to come, probably.
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