Before signing with the New York Jets, D.J. Reed was one of the top cornerbacks in the 2022 NFL Free Agency. However, his former team wasn't willing to pay the price for the quality cornerback. The Seattle Seahawks offered to re-sign Reed, but, according to ESPN reporter Rich Cimini, he “felt disrespected” by the team's offer.
Seahawks beat writer Gregg Bell added to Cimini's tweet, reporting that Seattle's offer “absolutely” did not meet the deal Reed and the Jets agreed to.
The Seahawks’ offer absolutely did not measure up to $11M a year.
Can’t blame Reed—or any other NFL player—for getting all the 💰💰they can when they can. This is a cold league with cold, billionaire owners that snatch careers away at a guy’s first signs of injury and age. https://t.co/8FzzLeO5MJ
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) March 18, 2022
According to Spotrac, Reed signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Jets. The deal included an average annual salary of $11 million, a number that the Seahawks did not offer. The cornerback brought a lot of success and productivity to the Seahawks, so it makes sense that he would expect a bigger paycheck to stick around in Seattle.
Before this, Reed was still signed with his entry-level deal from when the San Francisco 49ers drafted him in 2018. He signed a four-year, $2,771,371 contract to begin his NFL career, which included an annual salary of $692,843.
In 2022, Reed will enter his fifth year in the league and his first year with the Jets. In total, Reed has recorded 189 tackles, one sack, 19 pass deflections, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one touchdown.
In 14 games this past season, Reed recorded 78 tackles: 62 solo and 16 assisted. He also recorded ten pass deflections and two interceptions for nine yards.