Seahawks To Part Ways With DT Jarran Reed

The Seahawks are expected to part ways with defensive tackle Jarran Reed, as Adam Schefter of reports (via Twitter). It appears that Reed himself broke the news in a since-deleted tweet.

Per Schefter, Seattle is looking for a trade partner but will release the 28-year-old if it cannot swing a deal. Ian Rapoport of is hearing the same thing, and RapSheet adds that Reed was seeking a long-term deal, while the Seahawks were hoping he would convert some of his 2020 salary into a signing bonus in order to reduce his $13.5MM cap number (Twitter link). Although those types of restructures are common and generally not difficult to execute, since they guarantee the player previously un-guaranteed money, Rapoport says the situation went to a “bad spot” when Seattle wouldn’t agree to an extension.

Moving on from Reed will create $8.5MM of cap space, though it will saddle the club with a $5MM dead cap hit. Clearly, however, Seattle values the cap savings more than their 2016 second-rounder at this point.

Reed had a breakout campaign in 2018, piling up 50 tackles and 10.5 sacks. But he was suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season after violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, and he managed just 2.5 sacks that year. His sack total increased to 6.5 last season, and he played a full 16-game slate, but Pro Football Focus was not high on his work. PFF graded him as the 89th-best interior defender out of 125 qualifiers, and he did not receive high marks for either his run defense or his pass rushing abilities.

The Seahawks signed Kerry Hyder several days ago and brought back Benson Mayowa, but Reed’s departure will still leave a pass rushing void (despite his low PFF score). 2020 trade acquisition Carlos Dunlap is still on the market after being released by Seattle several weeks ago, so perhaps the ‘Hawks will circle back to him. They could also ask 2019 first-rounder L.J. Collier to handle more snaps at DT with Reed out of the picture.

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11 comments on “Seahawks To Part Ways With DT Jarran Reed

  1. alabama1992

    That’s what happens when you spend 1/6 of your cap on a qb who holds on to the ball too long and then whines about getting hit. The hawks are done.

    • riffraff

      2018 – the hawks are done…hello playoffs
      2019 – the hawks are done…hello playoffs
      2020 – the hawks are done..hello playoffs
      just saying…

    • compassrose

      If you would have left out the moronic Hawks are done I would have agreed with most of your post. Wilson will hang onto the ball too long at times. Our OL has sucked for most of his tenure here too. Improve the OL so he can step up or we can run the ball will help immensely.

  2. skrockij89

    Moving Collier to DT makes sense. Signing Dunlop or Clowney cheap would be nice. No news on KJ so hopefully he comes back for another year.

  3. brave new world

    Green Bay should be all over him. He should fit right in next to KC, RG, ZS, & PS. That’s a really nice front.

  4. Too expensive for what he is. Zero trade value at that salary (negative trade value). Teams will be lining up to sign Jarran Reed at half that money after he’s cut.

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