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DT Reed Reportedly Signs With Packers, LB Za'Darius Smith Headed to Minnesota

Free agent defensive tackle Jarran Reed says he’s heading to the Green Bay Packers.


Reed indicated his choice Tuesday by tweeting, “Let’s gooooo #GoPackGo so thankful for the opportunity to continue my career in Green Bay.” The Packers haven’t announced his addition yet.


The 29-year-old Reed should fortify a defensive line that features playmaking tackle Kenny Clark but lacks depth.


Reed played for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and had 2½ sacks plus a fumble recovery. He spent his first five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, who selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft out of Alabama.


He has 24½ career sacks, including 10½ in 2018 and 6½ in 2020.


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.


The Packers’ major loss on defense has been outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who was released in a cap-saving move.


Smith recorded a combined 26 sacks in 2019-20 before a back injury limited him to one regular-season game and one playoff game last year. Smith agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday.


The 29-year-old Smith was a Pro Bowl pick in 2019 and 2020 with a combined 26 sacks in 32 games for Green Bay, but he had a major back injury last season and appeared in only one game for the NFC North champions.

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