The 2016 offseason keeps getting better for the reigning NFC East division champions, as the Washington Redskins announced Thursday they have signed star tight end Jordan Reed to a multi-year contract extension.
According to media reports, the contract extension is for five years and $50 million, which would make Reed the second-highest paid tight end in the NFL, behind only Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks. Reed, 25, a third round pick out of the University of Florida in 2013, is scheduled to make $1.3 million in 2016 as the final year of his rookie contract.
IT’S OFFICIAL! #Redskins sign TE Jordan Reed to multi-year contract extension.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 5, 2016
The oft-injured Reed missed only two games in 2015, giving him more than enough playing time to have a breaththrough season and lead the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns. In doing so, Reed became the first Skins tight end to lead the team in those three categories since Jean Fugett in 1977. Reed finished with 87 catches for 952 yards [10.9] and 11 touchdown catches. The 87 catches and 952 yards in a single season are both franchise records for a tight end.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said earlier this offseason that Reed can improve.
“He can get a lot better, that’s the scary part,” Gruden said. “He is a very natural gifted route running tight end with natural hands and great ability to run after the catch. As he gets bigger, more confident, bigger frame as he works out with [strength and conditioning] coach [Mike] Clark in the weight room, he’s going to be more of an impact in the running game which is only going to help him also in the passing game with the play actions. So he’s going to keep getting better and better, got to keep in healthy, he’s got to keep working and great things will be on the horizon for Jordan.”
This signing is a coup for Skins GM Scot McCloughan, provided Reed can continue to stay relatively healthy. Of the jobs McCloughan needed to accomplish this offseason, keeping Kirk Cousins around for at least one one more year, improving a broken secondary, fixing the defensive line, bringing in a good, young draft class and re-signing Jordan Reed to a contract extension were the most important. While it remains to be seen if the defensive line will be any better, the other tasks have been accomplished. Washington should head to training camp in July with a degree of confidence.