GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Packers have signed defensive lineman Jarran Reed, the team announced Wednesday, March 23.
Reed, a seventh-year player out of the University of Alabama, was originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the Seahawks before spending last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Overall, Reed has played in 89 games with 80 starts, recording 237 tackles, 24.5 sacks, 24 tackles for a loss, 70 quarterback hits, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He has also appeared in nine postseason contests – all starts – and registered 28 tackles, three sacks, four tackles for a loss and six quarterback hits.
The 29-year-old Reed should fortify a defensive line that features play-making tackle Kenny Clark but lacks depth.
The Packers had spent much of the free agency period focusing on keeping their own players. Over the last week, they reached deals to keep All-Pro linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, cornerback Rasul Douglas and tight end Robert Tonyan in Green Bay. They also signed former Chicago Bears punter Pat O’Donnell.
By adding Reed and keeping Campbell and Douglas, the Packers hope to strengthen a defense that could face a greater burden this season as the offense adjusts to life without All-Pro receiver Davante Adams. The Packers traded Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders last week for a first-round pick and second-round pick.
The Packers’ major loss on defense has been outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who was released in a cap-saving move. Smith agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday.
Reed will wear No. 90 for the Packers, the team said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.