Moore: If tweets are any indication, Reed won’t be back with Seahawks
If you try to draw conclusions from tweets, you can get yourself in trouble and are frequently wrong. But if I had to guess, the latest tweets from Jarran Reed are not a good sign for the defensive tackle to stay with the Seahawks.
As you know, he’s a free agent and will no doubt sample the market. And that market, from his perspective, better be more than the $8 to $10 million annual range for Reed.
Reed responded to that projection by tweeting, “Yikes, that’s disrespectfully low.” He had previously tweeted, “Respect is what it’s all about.” And in his most recent tweet, Reed said, “Quit playing with me, even all you guys making your speculations – put some respect on it.”
RESPECT is what it’s all about
— jarran reed (@1j_reed) January 14, 2020
Reed missed the first six games of the season after being suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. In the last 10 games, he did not come close to being the player who recorded 10.5 sacks in 2018. He had one great game, forcing a fumble and coming up with 1.5 sacks in the Seahawks’ 27-24 overtime victory at San Francisco.
Overall, Reed had nine quarterback hits, a pass deflection and no tackles for loss. The numbers he posted don’t put him in the neighborhood of what he’s no doubt looking for – $15 million to $17 million. With the kind of production he had this year, I don’t know if I’d give him the $8 million to $10 million that seems so disrespectful to Reed.
He was part of a defense that had only 28 sacks and was 22nd overall against the run. If he’s not part of that defensive line in 2020, would the Seahawks really be that much worse?
You could make a better case for letting Reed go and spending the money you’re saving on a pass-rusher while hoping Poona Ford and another cheaper veteran could fill the Reed void at defensive tackle. Then I’d hope that Reed gets a huge deal from another team. If that happens, the Seahawks could be in position to get a third-round compensatory pick for the 2021 NFL Draft.
If I’m Reed’s agent, I’m saying my client will go back to what he was in 2018 if he gets a full training camp and preseason. But if I’m the Seahawks, I’d have my doubts about that.
Seems like Reed, coming off a suspension and subpar season, has little leverage going into free agency and just might have to come up with a new definition for respect.