A year ago, Jordan Reed signed a five-year contract extension that ties him to the Redskins through the 2021 season. Now, it appears that he’s concerned about looking around this fall and finding himself one of very few legitimate offensive weapons on the field.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to be a free agent as are wide receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson. Those three and Reed have been by far the most important cogs in the offense for the past two seasons. Reed doesn’t like the prospect of fighting to get open against NFL defenses without the other three being there.
“We got to bring Kirk back,” said Reed on SiriusXM NFL Radio via the Washington Post. We got to bring two of our most valuable weapons back—Pierre and [Jackson]—for us to have a shot.”
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The prospect of all three returning to play with Reed in 2017 seem slim right now. Cousins likely will be back either with the franchise tag or with a long-term contract. But the team is unlikely to be willing to invest in their two receivers, both of whom turned 30 last year. At least one of them probably be allowed to walk in free agency and it’s possible that both will be gone.
If the latter scenario plays out the team would lose a pair of receivers who gained over 1,000 yards last year. Although that could lead to more targets for Reed, it seems he’d rather maintain the status quo and go with the group that helped him get the extension, which is worth $46.75 million.