TE Jordan Reed Signs Extension With Redskins; 5-Year, $50 Million
The Washington Redskins have signed tight end Jordan Reed to a 5-year, $50 million contract extension. $22 million of the contract is guaranteed. The 25 year-old, former 3rd round pick out of Florida is now signed through the 2021 season.
The team rewarded Reed after he emerged as one of the elite players at his position last season. He and quarterback Kirk Cousins clearly have a chemistry playing together. Reed finished 2015 with 87 catches, 952 yards, and 11 touchdowns as the Redskins won the weak NFC East and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Clearly excited to get paid and stay with the team that drafted him, Reed said:
“I love it here. I love playing for the Redskins. I love all my coaches and all my teammates. I love this area, man. They gave me that deal and I took it. It was a solid deal and I’m just happy to be a Redskin.”
Reed’s 11 receiving touchdowns were as many as the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski and only trailed the Bengals’ Tyler Eifert’s 13 among NFL tight ends. Reed had 15 more catches than Gronkowski, who is considered the standard which other players at the position are measured. However, Gronk did outgain Reed by more than 200 receiving yards.
When Reed is on the field, his productivity has been elite and he often resembles a wide receiver more than a tight end. That is, when he is on the field, as durability has been a concern. In his first three seasons, he’s played 9, 11, and 14 games.
As an insurance policy, the Redskins signed Vernon Davis as a backup. Davis, formerly an elite tight end himself, is now on the downside of a good career at 32-years-old. Signing with Washington will be somewhat of a homecoming for Davis as he played his college ball at the University of Maryland.
(TE Jordan Reed Signs Extension With Redskins)