Haason Reddick: I saw what people said about my play and I won’t forget

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The Cardinals didn’t pick up Haason Reddick‘s fifth-year option last spring, setting him up to hit free agency in 2021.

At the time, the decision made sense for the former No. 13 overall pick. While he’d appeared in all 48 games for which he was eligible, he’d started just 20. He had a combined 7.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed, 18 tackles for loss, and 16 quarterback hits in three seasons.

But then Redidck put together a strong 2020, recording 12.5 sacks — 5.0 coming in one game against the Giants in December — to set him up for a significant payday.

Reddick was well aware of the chatter about him being a first-round bust, and set out to shed that label.

“I watched, I listened, I saw what people said and I won’t forget,” Reddick said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “But, as you can see, I came out here this year and did what I had to do. And I bet you they ain’t saying it now.”

Reddick can now sit back and wait to cash in on his career season, either with the Cardinals or elsewhere.

“I would like to stay here but we’ll see what happens when it comes, when the time comes, we’ll see what happens,” Reddick said.

15 responses to “Haason Reddick: I saw what people said about my play and I won’t forget

  1. He won’t forget what true things were said about his play? This guy has the look of a contract year baller

  2. If only someone could figure out to make these guys play in their first season like they do during a contract year…

  3. Breaking news: Otherwise lazy and underperforming talented player proved all his doubters wrong in his contract year as he auditions himself to make millions and MILLIONS of dollars.

    In other news: Talented player who just signed massive contract with new team after a great contract year, immediately returns to be a lazy and underperforming benchwarmer.

  4. One blip game aside, he had 7.5 sacks in 15 games during his motivated contract year. And with that unremarkable accomplishment he suddenly thinks he’s the reincarnation of Lawrence Taylor.
    Any team that signs him to a big contract is throwing away money on a selfish player.

  5. A lot of people here commenting prove they don’t have a clue what they are talking about. Reddick was played out of position his first 3 years. He was an edge rusher the Cards drafted to convert to LB. For 3 years they tried to force a square peg into a round hole. Reddick just isn’t LB material. His breakout year had absolutely nothing to do with it being a contract year. His breakout season was because it was the first year he actually played the position that made him a first round pick in the first place.

  6. “I came out here this year and did what I had to do.”

    Ah, the contract year push. See: Ford, Dee.

  7. I’m not sure how teams will evaluate Reddick. Take away one game, and he had 7.5 sacks. And why did he wait until his contract season? Does that mean as soon as he signs a big payday, he’ll go back into hiding. If you admit that you need to be motivated by outside sources, you’re putting a big red flag on your back. Great football players go all out every play, every game, every year. They do that because they love winning. Hey, I’m just going by what the player said. I’m not a stat guy anyway, and maybe he was being played out of position. I thought he was a beast coming out of college, so I would have to take a real good look at him on tape.

  8. “And why did he wait until his contract season?”
    His contract season was the equivalent of his rookie year. How can anyone say he waited when he wasn’t allowed to play the position until this year. If you draft a QB then have him spend 3 years making him play WR and in his 4th year move him to QB and he passes for 4000 yards you going to say he only did it because it was a contract year?

    Here is reality. You can not take away the 5 sack game. It happened. It’s not like they were not trying to stop him. Go watch his sacks on youtube. it was effort and skill on his part. Now we can agree it was against the Giants a bad team but still, those guys are all pros and there were games where the opposition didn’t sack Jones even once.
    For the sake of argument lets say instead of 5 sacks he only got 2 or make it 1.5, add that and he has 9 sacks in the first year he was allowed to pass rush and it wasn’t until well into the season that he even got 50% of the snaps. Would you consider that a bad year?

  9. Y’all fr out here saying he only performs when money on the line? Like bruh u do realise that they had him play ILB instead of his natural OLB position right? I believed in him from the start and knew he would be good and he was. Even before the giants game he still had 5 sacks whit 4 games to go and didn’t play much until week 5 when Chandler Jones was injured. Besides a career game like that should be an emphasis formwhy he is so good. The way to make him perform earlier would to be to put him at his natural position. Some people fr dont know anything lmao.

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