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Packers Free Agents Stay or Go: Jarran Reed

Should the Green Bay Packers re-sign defensive tackle Jarran Reed or let him go? We deliver the pros and cons in Part 12 of this series on the Packers’ 2023 free agents.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers have 14 players who are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this offseason, including defensive tackle Jarran Reed.

Going in alphabetical order, our “Stay or Go” series will look at each of those players in advance of the official start of free agency on March 15. Why should the Packers re-sign Reed? Why should they let him go? Is there a replacement on the roster? Could they get a compensatory draft pick in exchange?

Packers Should Re-Sign Jarran Reed

Signed to a one-year contract in free agency last offseason, Reed had 2.5 sacks in his debut season with Green Bay. That number doesn’t provide any context into his actual performance, though.

By the official numbers, Reed’s five tackles for losses and 14 quarterback hits were the second-best figures of his seven-year career. By’s charting, his 33 pressures were tied for the second-most of his career.

He ranked in the top third of the league's defensive linemen in PFF's pass-rushing productivity, which measures sacks, hits and hurries per pass-rushing snap. His strip and recovery at Miami in Week 16 probably saved the season.

Among the team’s defensive linemen, he was second in pressures (Kenny Clark had 45; everybody else combined had 30) and first in run stops with 23 (Dean Lowry was second with 16). His 10 stuffs (a tackle at or behind the line vs. the run) ranked second on the team behind Preston Smith.

Reed’s not a great player but he’s productive and durable. He played in all 17 games in 2022. Aside from a six-game suspension in 2019, he’s missed just two games in seven seasons.