Jarran Reed had a quietly productive 2020 season.
Reed was signed to a two-year $23 million deal in 2020. This deal was more or less a prove-it deal. Prove that you can reproduce your dominant 2018 season without Frank Clark. He didn’t disappoint. In fact, he amassed the 6th most sacks amongst defensive tackles this last year (7).
However, as I went over in my article arguing to trade Reed, he didn’t do it efficiently. He racked up those sacks because of playing so much more than any other defensive tackle. His pressure rate was half that of the other top 10 pass-rushing defensive tackles. He simply played more downs than they did, so he accumulated hard stats.
Player: Jarran Reed
Year: Base salary: Signing Bonus: Roster Bonus: Cap hit: Dead Money:
2021 $8.075m $5m $425k $13.975m $5m
How much can be saved through 6 different methods of cap savings:
Cut (pre-June 1st): $8.975m
Cut (post-June 1st): $8.975m
Trade (pre-June 1st): $8.975m
Trade (post-June 1st): $8.975m
Regardless of how Seattle moves on from Reed, he will amount in the same amount of savings, $8.975 million. Reed is another player I honestly think Seattle could move on from in a salary cap savings move.
Interior pass rushers are hard to find. Other teams will likely see Reed as someone who can do his job well and be a leader of men. Something every team needs. However, Seattle already has a rising star in Poona Ford who will need an extension this off-season. Cedrick Lattimore and Bryan Mone were also bright spots on the defensive line.
I am all for trading away Jarran Reed to try and recoup the $8.975 million in cap space and likely land an early third-round pick.
Verdict: Trade Jarran Reed.