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D.J. Reed on NY Jets contract: ‘Expects’ to become free agent

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New York Jets cornerback D.J. Reed discussed his expectations for the 2024 season and his contract situation

One of the New York Jets’ best defenders had his chance to speak at mandatory minicamp on Wednesday.

Addressing the media, cornerback D.J. Reed spoke about various topics surrounding himself and the team’s 2024 season. Regarding his contract situation, Reed said he has not thought about it and that it’s been “chill vibes” for him.

“So, I signed a three-year deal. I expect to play three years here and go into free agency,” Reed said. “But, I do love New York, I do love playing here. I love the coaches and the organization. Woody took care of me last time. I love my teammates, so we’ll see.”

The star defender spoke about the defense maintaining their level of dominance from the past few seasons.

“I would say we definitely have an identity. We definitely have a standard. And it’s just holding each other accountable every day to that standard. So yeah, that’s what I expect.”

Reed defined the standard as the “physical tenacity” that the defense plays with and mentioned “all 11 players getting to the ball” as another critical aspect of it.

The star cornerback also spoke about wanting to experience winning in New York with the Jets.

“I’m not going to lie to you, I’m very hungry. I really want to help us win a championship here. That’s my goal, why I work out every day, why I train every day, why I make all of these sacrifices away from my family. I really want to hold that Lombardi up for the Jets. That’s something I visualize and dream about,” said Reed.

As much hype as players like Sauce Gardner and Quinnen Williams get on the defense, Reed also deserves some love. Even at a smaller size, the veteran provides lockdown coverage on the outside against some of the best receivers in the league. Considering how teams have avoided Gardner, Reed typically gets to shine as the cornerback making plays.

Even with his future uncertain, Reed is a vital 2024 piece for the Jets. With another year of high-level play, the cornerback could secure another payday while also helping the Jets return to winning ways.

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