The Seattle Seahawks saw their season end against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs, and while the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs still need to decide who will hoist the Lombardi this year, the Hawks have several decisions to make soon. In particular, on the defensive side of the ball, the Seattle defensive line could be gutted by free agency.
Here’s how many snaps each member of the Seahawks defensive played in 2019:
Jadeveon Clowney: 605
Quinton Jefferson: 589
- Rasheem Green: 546
- Poona Ford: 506
Jarran Reed: 479
Al Woods: 450
Branden Jackson: 418
Ziggy Ansah: 338
- L.J. Collier: 152
- Bryan Mone: 89
In case you haven’t figured it out, the players whose names are bolded in obnoxiously large font are set to be free agents come March. (Author’s note: I apologize for the obnoxiousness of the size and bolding of the soon-to-be free agents. I attempted to simply bold them, but when they ran through the name link tagger, they didn’t look different enough to be meaningful. Thus, you now get to enjoy the impending free agents bolded in “Heading 2” font. -JPG) All but Jackson are set to be unrestricted free agents, while Jackson is slated to be a restricted free agent. Obviously, everyone knows that Jadeveon Clowney is the big name guy who could lead a team to break the bank in free agency and land a whopper of a contract, and many Seahawks fans appear to be hoping that either Jefferson or Reed will give the team a hometown discount and sign a contract that is a great deal for the team.
It appears as though fans looking for Reed to take a bargain contract with the team may be disappointed. Early last week, Reed had this to say on Twitter.
RESPECT is what it’s all about— jarran reed (@1j_reed) January 14, 2020
Now, while I’m certain some will tell me I’m reading too much in to that, and that the tweet is far too ambiguous to state that it is a statement from a player looking for big money in free agency. However, there’s more to the puzzle.
Yikes that’s disrespectfully low— jarran reed (@1j_reed) January 22, 2020
So, for those doubters about my interpretation of the first tweet, $8-10M is “disrespectfully low”.
In short, just like with Frank Clark last offseason, it doesn’t appear as though Reed is looking to give any kind of hometown discount to the Hawks, nor should he. Reed fulfilled the obligations of his contract, and he’s now earned the ability to become a free agent and make as much money as he can.
As for my projections on what kind of contract Reed could land, I’ll be doing projections for most Seahawks free agents in February, so you’ll have to stick around deeper into the offseason in order to see my highly valuable thoughts on that.