The Cincinnati Bengals went on a rare spending spree this offseason to upgrade their defense this past season, including making a major investment on defensive tackle D.J. Reader.
Cincinnati made Reader the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL with a four-year contract worth $53 million back in March.
Reader spent the four years of his NFL career with the Houston Texans after the team drafted him in the fifth round out of Clemson 2016.
In a recent interview, the newest Bengal told radio voice Dan Hoard that he is entering the first year of his deal with a big chip on a shoulder to prove he is indeed the top nose tackle in the NFL.
“I feel like I’m the best nose tackle in the league,” Reader said. “But I gotta go out there and prove it. I can say that all I want to in my head, but I got to go prove that every day, day in and day out.
“I carry a chip on my shoulder about that every day. There’s plenty of people who got picked before me that I didn’t feel like were better than me. I don’t get salty about it. I just put my head down and work.”
Reader recorded 52 total tackles for the Texans last season with six tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a career-high 13 quarterback hits.
He now will join Geno Atkins on the Cincinnati defensive line to form one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL.