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Haason Reddick talks about ‘new beginning’ with a loaded Jets defense

Haason Reddick has had an eventful few days.

On Friday, Reddick learned he was being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Jets in exchange for a conditional 2026 third-round pick that will become a second-round pick if he plays 67.5% of the snaps this season and has at least 10 sacks.

As the news of Reddick’s trade to the Jets spread, he was inundated with calls and messages from family, friends and his new teammates. Despite the whirlwind of emotions, the 29-year-old is upbeat and excited about joining one of the NFL’s top defenses.

“It’s a new beginning,” Reddick said Monday. “A new chapter for me. I get to come here and be around some great players. Some guys that have made some names for themselves especially on the defensive side of the ball.

“I’m happy and I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to getting out there in front of the fans and just showing what I can bring as an asset to the team.”

So why would the Eagles trade a consistent pass rusher like Reddick in the prime of his career? One reason is Philadelphia signed former Jets defensive end Bryce Huff to a three-year, $51.1 million deal at the start of free agency last month. Last season, Huff finished with a team-high 10 sacks.

In February, the Eagles gave Reddick permission to seek a trade. He is scheduled to enter the final season of a three-year, $45 million he signed in 2022.

Reddick said he knew the Jets were among the teams interested in acquiring him. But he found out about the trade just like everyone else when it was announced on social media while he was visiting New York.

Pass rushers like Reddick don’t grow on trees. During the last four seasons, he has arguably been one of the best at bringing down NFL quarterbacks.

Reddick has recorded four consecutive double-digit sack seasons with the Cardinals (2020) and Panthers (’21) and the last two seasons with the Eagles (50.5 during that span). During his first season with the Eagles in 2022, Reddick posted a career-high in sacks (16) along with 49 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. He followed that up last year with a 38-tackle, 11-sack campaign. He was named to the Pro Bowl in both seasons in Philly.

With Reddick in the final year of his contract, the Jets could approach him about a contract extension. Currently, the Jets have just $1.4 million in salary cap space. If Reddick and the Jets agreed to an extension, that would open $11 million in salary cap space.

“All options are open,” Reddick said. “Right now, currently, just worried about being here and meeting everybody that’s in the building.

“Contractual stuff, I’m leaving to my agent and [Jets general manager] Joe [Douglas] to figure out. Whatever happens, I’m going to be happy and I’m going to give it my all and that’s who I am as a person.

“No matter how it goes, how many years, I’m going to be here however long I’m here for and I’m going to give the team, the fans, everything that I have.”

Reddick will join a Jets defense that has already been one of the best in the NFL for the last two years. In 2022, the Jets improved from 32nd in the league to fourth in yards and points allowed. Last year, Gang Green finished third in yards (292.3) and 12th in points allowed (20.9).

The Jets registered 48 sacks last season, which tied for seventh-best in the NFL.

“You got dawgs at each level on the defense,” Reddick said. “From inside interior guys like Quinnen [Williams] and [Javon] Kinlaw and even on the outside from Jermaine [Johnson], Will [McDonald] JFM [John Franklin-Myers].

“You look at the inside linebackers, you got C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams, those two guys are just dawgs themselves. And DBs [defensive backs] Sauce [Gardner], his name speaks for itself and seeing like D.J. Reed and what he has done over the last couple of years and the name that he is making for himself.

“I’m just happy to be around a group of guys like this. It is going to be fun man, I don’t know if anyone is ready for what’s about to happen. It is going to be fun and it is going to be fun to watch as well.”

Because of their defense and Aaron Rodgers, who is expected to be healthy after suffering a season-ending Achilles tear during the opener last September, many believe the Jets are potential Super Bowl contenders. Reddick almost got a taste of championship success during the 2022 season.

Philadelphia finished 14-3 and made it to Super Bowl LVII before losing to the Chiefs, 38-35. The Eagles also made the playoffs in 2023, but they were rolled by the Buccaneers 32-9 in the NFC Wild Card round.

The Jets finished a disappointing 7-10 each of the last two seasons. Reddick hopes to bring some of what he learned with the Eagles to a Jets roster starving for success after missing the playoffs for 13 consecutive seasons.

“The biggest thing was chemistry and bonding,” Reddick said. “If you look at that 2022 season where we went to the Super Bowl that year, we had so many pieces come in. But we were dedicated to getting to know one another, we were dedicated to being around each other. We were dedicated to being friends and having a brotherly type of bond with each other and that was something on display the full year.

“I think that was one of the major things that I can bring here is that brotherly love, bring people along. Helping everything become a family tight unit that way we can all reach our goals and be where we want to be.”


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