Standing in front of his locker a day after the Seahawks' 2019 season came to an end with a playoff loss in Green Bay, defensive tackle Jarran Reed was asked if he wanted to be back in 2020.
“Of course, I’ve been here four years,” Reed said. “I consider this home.”
And if Reed, a North Carolina native who played his college football at Alabama, needed to emphasize the point that the Pacific Northwest had become his home, the shirt he wore featuring the likeness of Seattle music legend Jimi Hendrix certainly didn't hurt.
On Monday, Reed and the Seahawks made sure that Seattle will continue to be home for the 2016 second-round pick, with Reed signing a two-year contract just before he would have become an unrestricted free agent with Wednesday's start to the new league year.
Reed, 27, has been a big contributor in the middle of Seattle's defensive line since his rookie season in which he started six of 15 games played. He started all 15 games in 2017, then had a breakout 2018 season, recording 10.5 sacks and 50 tackles while starting all 16 games. Reed missed the first six games last season due to suspension, then wasn't able to match his 2018 level of production when he did return, but the Seahawks didn't see in the 2019 version of Reed a player who had fallen off from his previous season despite only recording two sacks in 10 games.
"I'm not going that way at all," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during the NFL Scouting Combine. "When you go back and watch his film that we've been through and watch all the attempts at making sacks and the opportunities that were there, right in front of him, you know, he had six, probably five or six plays were he could have made a clean sack and it got away from him for one reason or another. That changes everything. He missed six games, he could have had five or six sacks anyway, easily. So I do think that he'll benefit as we pick up our pressure on the outside; I thought our outside guys could have done more so. He'll benefit from that. We'd love to have him back with us, with the expectation that (his 2018 production) is within his reach."
Seahawks defensive end Jarran Reed hosted his 3rd annual free youth football camp in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina.