Seahawks Claim Defensive Back D.J. Reed Off Waivers

The Seahawks claimed former 49ers defensive back D.J. Reed a day after he was waived by San Francisco with a non-football injury designation. 

San Francisco 49ers' D.J. Reed (32) returns a kickoff against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Seahawks added to their secondary on Wednesday, though the addition of defensive back D.J. Reed via waiver claim would appear to be a move for the future.

Reed, a 2018 fifth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers, was waived Tuesday with the non-football injury designation, the result of a torn pectoral muscle that occurred in an offseason workout.

49ers general manager John Lynch told Bay Area reporters that Reed would not be able to return to action until at least November following surgery to repair that injury, leading to the decision to waive him. Had Reed gone unclaimed off of waivers, he would have reverted to San Francisco's injured reserve list.

Reed, who is 5-foot-9, 193 pounds, has appeared in 31 games over the past two seasons, starting two, and has 54 tackles, two passes defensed, one sack, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery that he returned for a 5-yard score. He also has experience in the return game, having returned 11 kickoffs for 332 yards in 2018, including a 90-yard return against Detroit that set up a touchdown. In his final season at Kansas State, Reed earned first-team All-Big 12 honors both as a defensive back and a return specialist.

Check out photos of new Seahawks defensive back D.J. Reed. A fifth-round pick of the 49ers in 2018, Reed was waived by San Francisco with a non-football injury designation earlier this week.

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