The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed their first unrestricted free agent of the 2020 offseason.
It’s been reported that defensive tackle Jarran Reed, whose rookie contract was up, has re-upped for two years on a deal worth $23 million.
The #Seahawks are re-signing DT Jarran Reed to a two-year, $23 million contract, source said. Short deal that gets a good player back to the market at age 29.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2020
Reed had a career year in 2018 with 10.5 sacks, an astonishing number for someone who was known as a run-stuffing specialist out of Alabama. With that said, his 2019 was a down year. A domestic violence suspension cost Reed six games, and when he did return he only recorded two sacks in ten games played, and while I’m loath to quote Pro Football Focus, his run defense looked to be sub-par.
Given Reed’s best years came with superior defensive line depth around him (and notably the dominance of Frank Clark), perhaps a retooled Seahawks DL with more outside passs rushing help will open up the door for Reed to return to his top form.
This re-signing is a decent indicator that Seattle is not going to start almost completely from scratch on the defensive line. Jadeveon Clowney and Quinton Jefferson are two other notable unrestricted free agents, with one figuring to command a slightly higher price tag than the other.