Haason Reddick on free agency: My priority is fit

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Linebacker Haason Reddick‘s first three seasons with the Cardinals were disappointing considering the team made him a first-round pick in 2017 and they opted not to pick up their option on his contract for 2021.

That decision set Reddick up for a contract year in 2020 and he made the most of it. He recorded 12.5 sacks and six forced fumbles while playing more of a pass rushing role than he played in earlier years.

During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Reddick said there were a lot of “ups and downs” over the last four years and that he learned a lot about the football business as a result. The education left him feeling that the “priority is the fit” with a team when he signs a contract this offseason.

“I want my number to be called,” Reddick said. “I want to be one of the guys that’s called on to make plays. I want the fit and the feeling to be right. I want a mutual understanding between me and the coaching staff about what’s expected, what’s to be done, and the effort I’m going to give. As long as I can find that, whether it be here with the Cardinals — I do believe we have that here. If it’s not here with the Cardinals and it’s somewhere else and I have to go to a different team, it’s all about being the correct fit, being the correct system and being somewhere I can still thrive, flourish and continue to grow as a player.”

Shaq Barrett, Matthew Judon, Yannick Ngakoue, Carl Lawson, Bud Dupree, Trey Hendrickson, and Leonard Floyd are some of the other edge rushers set to hit the market next month, so teams will have several options as they look for the kind of fit that Reddick is searching for this offseason.

13 responses to “Haason Reddick on free agency: My priority is fit

  1. When is the league gonna realize pass rushing can be manufactured.. when I read 12.5 sacks .. I think 12.5 impactful plays over how many snaps during the season? .. someday coaches and GMs will realize you can blitz the 4th round pick who’s sitting on the bench and create similar pressure.

    Offensive lineman.. different story.

  2. When is the league gonna realize pass rushing can be manufactured.. when I read 12.5 sacks .. I think 12.5 impactful plays over how many snaps during the season? .. someday coaches and GMs will realize you can blitz the 4th round pick who’s sitting on the bench and create similar pressure.

    I guess Aaron Donald only makes about 20 impact plays per year by that logic?

  3. Haason is a quality guy. He was misused for three years, and never complained. If Arizona doesn’t get him back they are crazy.

  4. ClevelandDave says:
    February 26, 2021 at 7:01 pm
    When is the league gonna realize pass rushing can be manufactured.. when I read 12.5 sacks .. I think 12.5 impactful plays over how many snaps during the season? .. someday coaches and GMs will realize you can blitz the 4th round pick who’s sitting on the bench and create similar pressure.

    I guess Aaron Donald only makes about 20 impact plays per year by that logic?

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    Sacks are overrated. – Bill Belichick

  5. When he says his priority is fit, by definition that means over money, though he never actually said that. If true, then thats a guy who’s going to have a more enjoyable and productive career. I’m sure he’ll be able to get by on roughly $10 million a year with a team he likes rather than $12 million a year with one he doesn’t. FYI, I’m not a cardinals fan and therefore am not familiar with him, so I could be WAY off on those estimated salary numbers, but you get my point.

  6. Not sure if they have the cap but since they dont have any picks, i think he wpuld fit nicely on the rams. They really need someone opposite Donald. Reddick could do really well in that roll. He would also do well in NE but that team looks to be pretty bad for atleast a year or two.

  7. Sacks are overrated. – Bill Belichick
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    I think that’s Ray Lewis. What BB said was getting pressure on the QB was more important, because strip sacks are relatively rare whereas pressure more often leads to turnovers.

  8. Sacks can be manufactured… while I would love to see Hassan Reddick stay with Arizona..buy only because of his age and upside…

    However… Reddick “blossomed” when Chandler Jones went down. It was also interesting to see that Dennis Gardeck..yes Dennis Gardeck… started racking up sacks…

    Reddick also… got 40% of his sacks for the season in ONE GAME.

    Now… stats are the only “flash” stat that can be attributed to Front Seven players as well as tackles… but obviously that isn’t everything and Aaron Donald could get 1 sack a season and still be the best Defensive lineman in the NFL.

  9. AZ won’t be letting Hassan Reddick go anywhere. Reddick is quickly developing into an elite caliber EDGE, the position he shoulda been starting at all along as he was a dominant pass rusher in college and posted almost identical combine numbers to Von Miller coming out but at 6”2 is an inch shorter than Von. Paired up with a healthy Chandler Jones (who’s one of the best all pro sack artists in the a NFL today) those two will make for a dominant absolutely terrifying pass rush duo. AZ also has UDFA OLB Dennis Gardeck who has gotten better and better every single year developing into a beast off the edge posting 7.5 sacks last season once Chandler went down. If Gardeck hadn’t of got hurt himself at the end of last season he woulda been a Pro Bowler himself, I”m really looking forward to seeing him on the field in 2021.

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