Former Alabama standout Jarran Reed will be released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, according to a report Thursday. The report came from Reed, who said goodbye to Seahawks fans via his Twitter account.
Seattle signed Reed to a two-year, $ 23 million contract extension after the 2019 season, but releasing the defensive tackle would cut $ 8.5 million of the Seahawks’ salary cap obligations by 2021.
Earlier Thursday, the Seahawks announced the hiring of Kerry Hyder, a free-agent defensive end who had 8.5 sacks for the San Francisco 49ers last season. Hyder came on board for a three-year, $ 16.5 million contract.
News came later Thursday that Seattle had rehired defensive end Carlos Dunlap to a two-year, $ 16.6 million contract.
The Seahawks had released Dunlap earlier this month for a salary cap savings of $ 14.1 million. After looking around in free agency, Dunlap returned to Seattle with a more palatable deal to the Seahawks under the 2021 reduced salary cap.
That would indicate that Reed’s release may not spell the end of his term with Seattle. There is also the possibility that the Seahawks will trade Reed instead of releasing him on Friday.
Reed contributed 38 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five tackles to lose, 14 quarterback hits and one forced fumble in 2020 while recovering from a poor performance in 2019.
In 2018, Reed had rocketed with 50 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 24 quarterback hits. But in 2019, Reed served a six-game suspension from the NFL to open the season, and his stats plummeted to 27 tackles, two sacks, zero tackles for a loss and eight quarterback hits.
After two seasons in Alabama, Reed joined Seattle as a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Reed has started the last 66 games he played for the Seahawks.
In 72 regular-season games, Reed has 194 tackles, 22 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, 58 quarterback hits, six passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1.
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