Redskins sign Jordan Reed to extension

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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.

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.

COMMENTS

  • So, I could barely contain my happiness when I was writing this story up for the site. Obvious move by the Skins, but great to get it done. Really, this offseason, as I point out in the story, just keeps getting better. The D-line is still a question, but we’ve seen big improvements in a lot of other areas and getting Reed inked for 5 years brings a lot of cost certainty to the team. Wonderful job by GMSM and his contract team.

  • Love it. In 3 years with his production it’s gonna look like a steal when salaries bump

  • Ha, I called this very thing up here a few days ago, in a thread where we were discussing Culliver getting cut ;). I really like this extension, one less FA problem for next year too!

  • That’s right, Josh Chambers. Deal makes sense for both sides. Reed gets security. Skins get cost certainty. Cap is going up again next year. Elite TE deals will be a lot pricier then. Besides, Reed is the straw that stirs the drink. Cannot lose him.

  • Galette and Cousins are obv signings after the season and they’re both in “prove it” years. That leaves Baker and possibly down the road Breeland? Anyone else on the horizon?

  • McC true to his word. Wants to resign players born in the B&G who produce.

  • I love it. Also after the comments baker said in a joking tone….”any left for us guys who’ve been here?” Lol

  • Murphy would have to show a great transition to DE to earn an extension. As of now bases on what we have seen you’d have to say no. Most likely also on the prove it list.

  • Yep and I think Baker is next…

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