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As it turns out, Reed might not be here without some help from a former teammate and a new teammate as well. Meeting with the Kansas City media on Monday, Reed revealed that both Chris Jones and Frank Clark played a role in his decision to join the Chiefs.
“Those guys put a staple in this league, they put a staple on this team as well,” Reed told reporters. “I’m just coming in, joining those guys and doing what I can. I’m going to do my best, be the best me that I can be and you know follow those guys. I just got on those guys’ team, they’re leading this team. The goal is to come in and wreak havoc, you know just play some good football, man. Good, old-school football.”
Clark, his former teammate in Seattle, played what he described as a “huge part” in his decision to come to Kansas City. Initially, when the Chiefs reached out, he had some doubts about what his role might be. He reached out to Clark, who provided some much-needed assurances.
“Of course, a huge part you know,” Reed said. “There was mutual interest in both parties. Frank (Clark) was one of the guys I hit up first and I was like, ‘Is there a role for me there?’ (I’m) just trying to be a good addition to a great team. It happened. We got the ball rolling, we let it play itself out and you know the Chiefs were really interested and I was really interested. It all worked out for the better. We’re here and we’re ready to unleash.”
Clark and Reed were good friends during their time with the Seahawks and they’ve remained in close contact ever since. Clark was in Reed’s ear throughout the whole courting process from the Kansas City front office and encouraged him to sign on the dotted line and join the team.
“It wasn’t so much like a, ‘Let’s do this.’ It was like a, ‘Hey, you need to come on,'” Reed explained. “You’ve got to think about it you know. They already have a great group of rushers and if you can add in anybody that can help, anywhere I can help, just bringing it in is what has to be done. Those were basically just the conversations. That’s my guy, we talk all the time. We always joked about [playing together again] and it actually really happened in reality. So now we’re here, we’re ready to go, ready to show Chiefs nation what I got and what we can do together as a unit.”
The two players hope to recapture some of the chemistry they showed back on the Seahawks in 2018. Both players posted career years with Clark notching 13 sacks and Reed with 10.5 sacks on the season. They did a good job playing off of each other in different twists and pressure looks. It’s likely that the team has a similar sentiment in mind for 2021.
“It was the chemistry we had,” Reed said. “Just being around each other every day. It was our whole line, the whole defensive line that year, we had some great chemistry. You know just being around these guys, being in the building today, they have that here. And that’s the formula. You know because you’re a family when you go out there on that football field. That’s how we’re going to try and bring it and how we’re going to try and keep it the same way.
“Once again, I’m joining these guys and they have their own thing already. They put a staple in this organization and I’m just coming in and joining in and doing what I can do. Of course, we’re going to go out there and try to make plays for each other and bring that same type of chemistry.”