Packers add help to thin D-line group, sign Jarran Reed

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The Green Bay Packers have signed former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Jarran Reed, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The addition of Reed comes after he had visited with Green Bay Tuesday morning. The signing provides much-needed depth to a rather thin defensive line group. Headlined by star nose tackle Kenny Clark, the Packers’ only help for him has been Dean Lowry up to this point, who isn’t a slouch by any stretch but also isn’t to the level that Clark has been at for the last several years.

Reed, 29, had spent time with both Kansas City (2021) and Seattle (2016-2020), before landing with Green Bay. He has started 80 of 89 overall games while forcing five fumbles and seven pass deflections.

Along with those impressive numbers, he’s also forced 24.5 sacks, tallied 123 solo tackles, 237 combined tackles, 70 QB hits, and 24 TFLs. The addition of Reed will help lessen the strain on Clark while also providing Green Bay’s interior defensive line with some extra punch in the middle.

This was something that definitely had lacked among the inside of the defensive line for quite some time but thankfully the problem looks to be rectified, at least in some capacity.

Overall, the addition of Reed not only adds depth but also a breath of life to an otherwise lackluster interior defense. Kenny Clark seemed to be very grateful for the signing as seen on his Twitter account after the signing had been announced.

The Packers are yet to make it official as of this writing.

Reed’s instincts combined with his impressive body of work should only bode well for Green Bay’s defense as a whole. This signing fortified an already impressive defense, now it’s time to see if it will pay off once the on-field action commences.

One thing’s for sure, Green Bay has once again solidified itself as a legitimate contender in both the NFC and NFL.