BY Art Thiel 12:22PM 07/22/2019

Seahawks lose DT Reed to suspension for DV

The NFL Monday suspended DT Jarran Reed for six games after an episode of domestic violence more than two years ago that resulted in no arrest.

DT Jarran Reed will miss the first six regular-season games. /

A two-year-old episode of domestic violence has put DT Jarran Reed, one of the top returnees for a middling Seahawks defense, on the NFL’s suspended list for the regular season’s first six games.

The NFL’s website first reported Monday that Reed violated the league’s personal conduct policy, and his appeal was denied Friday morning.

The first local report by King5 more than two years ago said a woman filed a complaint with police, who came to a Bellevue home at 3 a.m. April 28, 2017. But there has been no charge or arrest reported. The NFL policy, collectively bargained with the players union, does not need a conviction or arrest to order a suspension based on its own investigation.

Reed, 26, is entering his final contract season looking for a bigger payday following a breakthrough season in which he started 16 games and had 10.5 sacks, a rare number for an interior lineman. But the suspension clouds the potential extension negotiations.

Reed’s value in the Seattle pass rush increased after the trade of DE Frank Clark, and the likelihood that free agent signee DE Ziggy Ansah would not be ready to start the season as he recovers from shoulder surgery. The Seahawks used their first-round pick acquired from Kansas City in the Clark trade to take DE L.J. Collier. Last season, the coaches were impressed with DT Poona Ford, an undrafted rookie.

But there’s little doubt that losing Reed is a big blow to a defensive line that was being counted on to help take pressure off a young secondary that no longer has any member of the Legion of Boom.

In April, Reed underwent sports-hernia surgery. He is eligible to participate in training camp, which begins Thursday at team headquarters. Once the season begins, the Seahawks can fill his spot on on the 53-man roster.

Reed was a second-round pick (49th overall) in 2016 from Alabama. He became a full-time starter in his second season. Pro Football Focus invented a stat called the triple-double for D-linemen — QB sacks, hits and hurries. Reed in 2018 was one four interior linemen to reach double figures in each category (11 sacks, 13 hits, 26 hurries), joining the Rams’ Aaron Donald, the Eagles’ Fletcher Cox and the Chiefs’ Chris Jones.

Reed posted a response on his Twitter account.




  • tor5

    Well, that sucks. Of course, some things are way bigger that football, and domestic violence surely is. That was a good statement from Reed, but will be interesting to see if further details emerge.

  • Alan Harrison

    Another non-apology apology. “I apologize for…putting myself in a position where I could be disciplined by the NFL.” Come on.

    “I apologize for putting myself in a position where I could be found criminally insane by a court of law.” – Charles Manson.

    Semantic somersaults pieced together those who allegedly beat the hell out of people and still don’t see anything wrong with that (and their lawyers). Shameful, but not unexpected.

  • 1coolguy

    He loses approx $410,000 in salary – hope the woman was worth it!

  • jafabian

    Domestic violence has no place in society, much less in professional sports. That being said Iā€™d think after a year of the reported incident and no conviction would warrant waiving the matter. Two plus years later and suspending him is odd to me.