Report: Jarran Reed’s agent favored Seattle restructuring

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Defensive lineman Jarran Reed recently surrendered two in the hand for one in the bush. Some additional information has emerged regarding Reed’s confusing decision to trade in nearly $9 million in compensation from the Seahawks in 2021 for a base rate of $5 million from the Chiefs.

According to Brady Henderson of, the Seahawks did indeed offer Reed a simple restructuring, which would have converted the majority of his pay to signing bonus and, as a practical matter, would have guaranteed his spot on the roster for the coming season. Henderson also reports that Reed’s agent, Andy Simms, wanted Reed to accept the restructuring.

Reed wanted a long-term deal instead, and the Seahawks declined to give him one.

It’s unclear whether Simms gauged the market before Reed told the Seahawks he didn’t want the restructured one-year deal. Ideally, Reed would have known that no one else would offer to pay Reed what the Seahawks were ready and willing to invest, before telling the Seahawks, “No thanks.”

Chiefs fans and some members of the media loudly have supported Reed’s decision based on the possibility of winning a championship. But is the chance of a Super Bowl title worth nearly $4 million? Most would say no.

Also, the notion that Reed will be more marketable in 2022 based on getting favorable matchups continues to presume that evaluators won’t realize that Reed’s play has been artificially boosted by the extra attention paid to Chris Jones.

In this case, what we don’t know (and may never know) is whether Reed knew that he was giving up that much money when he told the Seahawks he didn’t want to restructure. Regardless of who does or doesn’t agree with the $4 million haircut Reed has taken, hopefully everyone can agree that it’s one that he should have accepted only with his eyes wide open.

10 responses to “Report: Jarran Reed’s agent favored Seattle restructuring

  1. agents work for the dollar. Of course he would prefer a higher contract. so he can make more $$$.

  2. What’s confusing about it? Very simple, he wants to win. In a world where players are routinely criticized for chasing the almighty dollar, this go decided he has enough money and winning a championship is more important to him than maxing out his bank account. Would most players do this? As you said, most would say no. Does this make him wrong or less intelligent in some way? I say no. Too many people go through life unhappy, chasing money. If he has enough money and is doing what makes him happy, that sounds like a pretty wise decision and a happy life to me.

  3. Tom Brady said yes to less money and trying to win championships. Tens of millions less. Seems to have worked out for him.

  4. Which is the higher risk of getting a ring? Playing for a team that has been to 3 consecutive AFC Championships and two Super Bowls or a team that has been to the playoffs every year for the past 10?

    How many teams in the Super Bowl era have made it to 4 consecutive championship games and 3 consecutive SB’s? One…yup, just one. How many have made it to three consecutive SB’s?
    Three…and one of them lost all three (actually 4) and only one of them won two of the three.

    So not only did Reed pass up an extra $4M, he also set himself up with worse odds of winning a SB this next season. Dumb move on all fronts.

  5. To Russell Wilson, money is everything. He wants to be paid the most money of any quarterback in the league, and he got Pete Carroll over a barrel because Petey is not getting any younger and he did not (and still does not) want take time looking for another QB. Wilson got paid more than any QB until Patrick Mahomes got his deal. Players like Tom Brady want Super Bowl rings more than money. He is paid $5 million a year less than Wilson and he got his seventh Super Bowl ring. Brady could have demanded as much money as Wilson but money is not why he is still playing football. He wants championship rings. Jarran Reed wants the same (a ring), and he is actually not giving up as many millions as Brady is doing (4 million vs. 5 million). Yes sir, there are people who are willing to give up $4 mil, even $5 mil, just to have a chance at getting a ring.

  6. “But is the chance of a Super Bowl title worth nearly $4 million? Most would say no.”
    By most, you mean those who value money above all. Not everyone is wired that way. He made the right decision for him, not anyone else. End of story.

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