Seahawks expected to part ways with defensive tackle Jarran Reed, as ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reports (via Twitter). It appears that Reed himself broke the news in a deleted tweet since then.
According to Schefter, Seattle is looking for a business partner, but will release the 28-year-old if he cannot reach an agreement. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is hearing the same thing, with RapSheet adding that Reed was looking for a long-term deal, while the Seahawks hoped to convert part of his 2020 salary into a signing bonus to lower his $ 13.5MM limit. number (Twitter link). Although such restructurings are common and generally not difficult to execute, as they guarantee the player previously unsecured money, Rapoport says the situation came to a “bad point” when Seattle did not agree to an extension.
Going from Reed will create $ 8.5MM of salary cap space, though it will saddle the club with a dead cap of $ 5MM. Clearly, though, Seattle values cap savings more than its 2016 second round right now.
Reed had a great season in 2018, racking 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 had just 2.5 sacks that year. His sack total rose to 6.5 last season, and he played a full 16-game roster, but Pro Football Focus wasn’t very high on his job. PFF rated him the 89th best inside defender out of 125 ranked, and he didn’t receive high marks for either his running defense or his rushing skills.
The Seahawks signed Kerry Hyder several days ago and brought back Benson mayowa, but Reed’s departure will still leave an empty running pass (despite his low PFF score). Commercial acquisition 2020 Carlos dunlap It’s still on the market after being released by Seattle several weeks ago, so maybe the ‘Hawks will come back to it. They could also ask the first round of 2019 LJ Collier to handle more DT snapshots with Reed offstage.
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