Today, the Redskins locked up their best receiving threat to a five-year deal worth around $50 mil with $22 mil guaranteed. Reported by Adam Schefter (the deal) and PFT (guaranteed amount). The deal is official and it makes Reed the second highest paid tight end in the league behind Jimmy Graham. Despite Reed only playing 20 games between the 2013 and 2014 season, he was still bound to receive a deal like this.
In fact, Reed played extremely well in 2015. He finished his career season with 87 receptions for 952 yards by landing into the endzone 11 times. Those 952 receiving yards are a new Redskin receiving yard total by a tight end in a single season. Reed played in 14 games and started 9 of them. Expect him to see more starts as he established himself last year. Also, the 25-year-old tight end will continue to produce at a high level if he continues to stay healthy. Reed’s versatility helped him land this deal as he is a gigantic mismatch when lined up in the slot.
Interestingly, when Jordan Reed receives 65 yards or more in the game, the Redskins had a record of 6-1, but when he does not reach 65 yards or more, they finished the season 3-4. Reed is a game-changer and needs the ball as shown. In addition, the play of Kirk Cousins was better when Reed was on the field, but when Reed is off the field, Kirk Cousins struggled.
Finally, after they locked their best receiving threat, the question still looms if the Redskins will extend Kirk Cousins, who had a great 2015 season. If this is Cousins last year in Washington, assuming if a deal does not get done, he will have a big arsenal to play with in Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, and Josh Doctson.