Signing Jarran Reed in free agency
Drafting Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt in the first round took the spotlight in the Packers’ offseason, but Brian Gutekunst made another smart addition to the defense before that.
Green Bay signed veteran defensive tackle Jarran Reed in free agency.
Reed joins a deep Packers defensive line but could be a starter next to Kenny Clark in Joe Barry’s defense.
In Reed, the Packers aren’t just getting a player who can add some depth off the bench. Of his 89 career games in the NFL, he has started 80 of them.
Reed has the flexibility to line up anywhere along the defensive line, and he adds experience to the Packers’ defense.
He is strong against the run but is also an excellent interior pass rusher.
His career-best numbers came in 2018 with the Seattle Seahawks. According to Pro Football Reference, Reed made 10.5 sacks, 24 quarterback hits, 31 pressures, and eight hurries.
Wyatt is a rookie and will need to adjust to the NFL. Reed can make an impact as a starter from Day 1.
He also signed a team-friendly one-year deal with the Packers. According to Spotrac, Reed’s contract is worth $3.25 million, but his cap hit is only $1.76 million.
A great move by the Packers to land a starting defensive lineman who can make an immediate difference for this defense.