Alabama in the Pros

Pair of former Alabama players ink contracts before NFL’s new year

Photo of AJ McCarron comes via his twitter account

Despite the Titans and Cardinals choosing to tag both Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake, a trio of former University of Alabama standouts inked contracts on Monday. 

Amari Cooper remains a Dallas Cowboy with a $100 million deal, while AJ McCarron stays with the Houston Texans and Jarran Reed returns to the Seattle Seahawks. 

According to Tom Pelissero of, McCarron re-signed with the Texans on a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal is good for $3.75 million fully guaranteed, as he will back up Deshaun Watson for the 2020 season. McCarron took to Twitter to his express his excitement about remaining with the team. He enters his seventh NFL season – drafted in the fifth-round of 2014 – and after playing with the Bengals and Raiders, the former Crimson Tide quarterback likes it in Houston.

McCarron was a three-time BCS National Champion at Alabama (2009, 2011-12) and earned multiple awards in 2013 – including Maxwell and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm honors.

He was also named first-team All-American. 

For Reed, he’s become a leader on the defensive line for the Seahawks. 

After being selected in the second-round (No. 49 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, he’s totaled 156 career tackles, 15.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five pass breakups.

In a tweet from Tom Pelissero, Seattle agreed to bring back Reed on a two-year contract worth $23 millionA native of North Carolina, he came to Alabama in 2014 after two seasons at East Mississippi Community College.

Reed would account for 111 tackles in two years with the Tide – including 11 stops for loss, eight quarterback hurries and seven breakups. 

The 6-foot-3, 306-pounder assisted the team to two Southeastern Conference Championships (2014-15) and a College Football Playoff National Championship in the 2015 season. 

Both McCarron and Reed are looking to do big things in the fall.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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