Packers sign veteran DT Jarran Reed

On Tuesday, the Packers reportedly agreed to terms with defensive tackle Jarran Reed, formerly of the Chiefs and Seahawks. A 2016 second-round pick out of Alabama, Reed is a solidified starter in the NFL and will provide another interior presence for Green Bay next to Kenny Clark.

2018 was Jarran Reed’s breakout campaign with the Seahawks. He recorded 10.5 sacks that year, along with 50 combined tackles, 12 TFL’s and 24 QB hits. Reed has not been able to replicate that production, but has been a solid, consistent player who has barely missed any time due to injury.

Reed was suspended six games in 2019 for violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Last year for the Chiefs, he tallied 2.5 sacks and was a key cog on their defensive line for most of the year that caught fire the second half of the season.

Kenny Clark took to Twitter soon after the signing, tweeting smiley emojis and praising management for the move.

This was a big area of need for Green Bay. Kenny Clark is one of the best interior defensive lineman in the NFL. However the Packers have failed to put anyone next to him on that interior defensive line that is even above average. Clark’s best help has been an old Mike Daniels a few years back and a resurgent Dean Lowry year in 2021.

Jarran Reed projects as a starter for the Packers on the defensive line for 2022, presumably next to Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry. Green Bay continues to make defense a priority this offseason, retaining key guys such as De’Vondre Campbell, Rasul Douglas, and extending Preston Smith. Now they are dipping into the free agency pool to help solidify the defensive front.

The contract is apparently a one year deal, but no numbers have been released yet. I love this signing by Brian Gutekunst!

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