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Jarran Reed to Chiefs

The Bengals were reportedly showing interest.

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Jarran Reed won’t be taking his talents to the Queen City.

Just hours after news broke that the Cincinnati Bengals were interested in Reed, he agreed to a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Dallas Cowboys were also showing interest.

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport says Reed’s deal is worth $7 million.

Reed was arguably the top defensive lineman left on the market after being released by the Seattle Seahawks. The Bengals have clearly been trying to upgrade that position after it became a weakness in 2020, followed by franchise great Geno Atkins being cut this offseason.

While Reed is a good player who would have been a nice boost to the Bengals’ defensive line, this isn’t a big loss for a team that already has a starting defensive line of D.J. Reader, Trey Hendrickson, Sam Hubbard and Larry Ogunjobi set. Reed would have been expensive icing on the cake for a team that has bigger holes elsewhere.

Hopefully, that $7ish million the Bengals would have had to pony up gets used on something like helping the offensive line, the linebacking group, or dare I say an extension for star safety Jessie Bates III.

We can hope, right?