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Reports: Defensive tackle Jarran Reed is signing a one-year deal with the Chiefs

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says the deal is worth up to $7 million, with $5 million guaranteed.

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Free agent defensive tackle Jarran Reed is heading to the Kansas City Chiefs, as first reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport released the contract details, noting that it’s a one-year deal worth up to $7 million with $5 million guaranteed.

Reed, 28, first entered the league as a second-round pick made by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2016 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound defensive tackle spent the last five seasons in Seattle, compiling 22.0 sacks, including 10.5 in 2018 and 6.5 in 2020. Reed played three seasons (2016-18) with defensive end Frank Clark and the move reunites them on Kansas City’s defensive line for at least the 2021 season.

ESPN’s Louis Riddick shared some insight as to how the Chiefs plan to deploy Reed, explaining that the move means that now-fellow defensive tackle Chris Jones might be used as an EDGE player on more downs, something he has made clear in the past he would favor.

Reed became available when the Seahawks opted to release him last week. The Seahawks were looking to restructure his contract, but Reed wanted a long-term deal. Instead, he took the one-year deal with Kansas City likely with eyes on a market with more cap space across the board next offseason.

The NFL suspended Reed for the first six games of the 2019 season stemming from a potential domestic incident in 2017, though Reed was not charged or arrested after a police investigation.

Some of his new teammates have already weighed in on the addition.


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