Packers Sign DT Jarran Reed.. The Green Bay Packers bolstered an enormous weakness by signing defensive tackle Jarran Reed, according to a source.
Reed was linked to the Packers in the 2016 NFL Draft but went to the Seattle Seahawks at No. 49 of the second round – one pick after Green Bay took offensive tackle Jason Spriggs.
The 29-year-old Reed’s career consists of one fantastic season. In 2018, he had 10.5 sacks, 12 tackles for losses and 24 quarterback hits.
He was in Green Bay for a visit, the source said. It’s a one-year deal.
Reed had only two sacks and zero tackles for losses in 10 games in 2019, bounced back with 6.5 sacks and five tackles for losses in 2020, and slid back to 2.5 sacks and two tackles for losses in 2021, his first season with Kansas City. Reed last season finished 64th among interior defenders in pass-rush win rate, worst among this year’s free agents (minimum 250 pass rushes), but a decent 33rd in run-stop percentage.
He did start all 33 games the past two seasons.
The Packers had a major need for defensive line help, so signing Reed not only adds an immediate contributor but reduces the pressure for general manager Brian Gutekunst to make a move early in the draft.
Pro Bowler Kenny Clark is the leader of the group by word and deed. But the depth chart is thinner than today’s newspaper. There aren’t even enough players to take into the regular season, let alone compete in training camp.
Dean Lowry will join Clark for a seventh consecutive season. TJ Slaton, a fifth-round pick last year, showed some promise. Jack Heflin made the roster as an undrafted rookie but played only 17 more snaps than you did.
And that’s it. With Tyler Lancaster unsigned in free agency and Kingsley Keke released in January, the Packers had just four defensive linemen under contract.