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New York Jets will sign former Seattle Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed

The New York Jets have finally made a move to address their 32nd-ranked defense.

According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, New York has agreed to terms with free agent cornerback D.J. Reed, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero shared the terms of the deal. It’s three years and $33 million for the young corner.

Reed, who will turn 26 in November, just had a breakout year with the Seahawks. Replacing the exiting Shaquill Griffin (who signed with Jacksonville), Reed was elevated into Seattle’s starting lineup and thrived. He started all 14 of his games and recorded two interceptions, 10 passes defended, and 78 tackles.

A fifth-round pick of the 49ers out of Kansas State in 2018 (while Robert Saleh was San Francisco’s defensive coordinator), Reed joined the Seahawks in 2020 and showed promise down the stretch. His performance was good enough to earn himself a promotion into the starting lineup the following season.

Despite standing at a slight frame of 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, Reed plays outside cornerback. Reed began the season playing left cornerback for the Seahawks but ended up playing the majority of the year as Seattle’s right cornerback.

In 2021, Reed was targeted 68 times and allowed 35 catches for 383 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, resulting in a passer rating of 66.0. Allowing those 383 yards over 606 snaps in coverage, Reed allowed just 0.63 yards per cover snap, ranking sixth-best out of 96 qualified cornerbacks.

Reed also thrived in run support as he tied for second among all cornerbacks with 23 solo tackles against the run while only missing one tackle as a run defender.

New York has now made five signings since the beginning of free agency: guard Laken Tomlinson, wide receiver Braxton Berrios, tight end C.J. Uzomah, running back Tevin Coleman, and Reed.

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Matt Galemmo
Matt Galemmo
6 months ago

Reed, Hall, Echols, Carter, Guidry, Hardee…CB done?

I’m not saying so, I’m asking.

BigJetsFan1
BigJetsFan1
6 months ago

This is great. We needed a CB that can provide solid run support. Hall so far has not. I like the signing. He’s young, healthy and Saleh knows him. Let’s go Jets!!!

WorthlessWoody
WorthlessWoody
6 months ago

5’9” 188

Gross.

Azuma76
Azuma76
6 months ago
Reply to  WorthlessWoody

Agreed

Azuma76
Azuma76
6 months ago

Lol another low tier signing! Hopefully they get sauce in the draft. My God Joe Douglas will be out of work after this season.

Jets71
Jets71
6 months ago
Reply to  Azuma76

“Low tier” is a strong label, he’s a quality starter. If we have learned anything we know the team cannot be loaded with “top tier” free agent talent. Douglas isn’t even close to being out of work and is the best GM they have had in a long time. This is only the second year he’s had “running the entire football operation.” Since it’s been “his show” you can’t deny the team has shown progress and there is a clear direction for the team. Taking an honest look at this roster compared to last season or even the season before it can’t be denied there is more talent, whether that leads to more wins remains to bee seen.

Azuma76
Azuma76
6 months ago
Reply to  Jets71

Yeah low tier, you think he keeps his if the jets go 4-13 again? Only this season and time will tell

Jets71
Jets71
6 months ago
Reply to  Azuma76

with the additions and players potentiallly get better do you think they are only winning 4 games? I see more wins. You’re righ time will tell.

Azuma76
Azuma76
6 months ago
Reply to  Jets71

So you think they players he bringing in now will yield better results? I hope so! He just got jordan whitehead at safety so like I said we will see

Jets71
Jets71
6 months ago
Reply to  Azuma76

I do think that, but believe me I COMPLETELY understand why you are being cautious…haha.

Azuma76
Azuma76
6 months ago
Reply to  Jets71

We are oth old enough to know a great team when we see 1

Jets71
Jets71
6 months ago
Reply to  Azuma76

Yes and this isn’t it ….yet! haha

Azuma76
Azuma76
6 months ago
Reply to  Jets71

Agreed brotha