DT - CIN
As reported at the start of free agency, DT D.J. Reader has now officially signed a four-year, $53M deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, making him the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL.
Reader is due $22.25M in the first year and $31.75M over the first two years of his new contract. The stud nose tackle out of Clemson played his first four seasons with the Texans, and now will join forces with Pro-Bowler Geno Atkins to create a very formidable 1-2 punch on the defensive line in Cincinnati.
D.J. Reader is expected to sign a four-year, $53 million deal with the Bengals, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Reader will become the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL. He logged 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Texans in 2019. Reader will bolster the Bengals run defense, and form quite the dynamic duo with Geno Atkins at defensive tackle.
D.J. Reader recorded two sacks and an additional tackle in the opener against the Patriots.
This one was a career day for Reader who came into the game with two career sacks. Reader should get opportunities with all the attention on Watt, Clowney, and Mercilus but this production is unsustainable. He may be worth keeping an eye on in leagues that require a defensive tackle.