Coming off the best year of his young NFL career, the Redskins on Thursday signed tight end Jordan Reed to a contract extension. Reed has nearly 2,000 receiving yards in his career.
Jordan Reed is sticking around in Washington, D.C., for just a little bit longer.
The Washington Redskins on Thursday announced that they agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Reed following his record-breaking season in 2015, in which he totaled 87 receptions for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games.
He has appeared in 34 career regular season games with 14 starts, accruing 182 career receptions for 1,916 yards with 14 receiving touchdowns.
Reed started off the 2015 season strong, recording seven receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown in the opener against the Miami Dolphins.
After missing Weeks 5 and 6 with a concussion, Reed had perhaps his best game of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as his 11 receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns – including the game-winning catch – helped propel the Redskins' to the largest comeback in franchise history in a 31-30 victory.
It was the first of four games down the stretch in which Reed totaled two touchdown receptions in a game, as he also did so against the New Orleans Saints (11/15), Buffalo Bills (12/20) and Philadelphia Eagles (12/26).
During the NFC East-clinching victory over the Eagles, Reed set the franchise record for single season receiving yards by a tight end.
The next week in a victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Reed surpassed Chris Cooley's franchise single season receptions record by a tight end, as his four catches put him at 87 receptions for the season.
By leading all Redskins players in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, Reed became the first tight end to lead the team in all three categories since Jean Fugett did so during the 1977 season.
Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed on Wednesday was named to the NFL's 'Top 100 Players of 2016' list, checking in at No. 77.
With his extension, the Redskins will keep a "special talent" around for years to come.
"His ability to break guys off, so to speak, these are NFL players that he can make them look bad out there sometimes," Redskins tight ends coach Wes Phillips said earlier this year. "But the thing I was most impressed this year with him was his commitment to come into training camp in excellent condition, his commitment to be a more durable player, be a more mature type player just with the things he did pre-practice, post-practice, taking care of his body, making sure that he was there for us week to week and I thought he did an outstanding job."
Even with his phenomenal season in 2015, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden thinks Reed has only scratched the surface of what he can do in the NFL.
"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."
Reed, 25, was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Redskins with the 85th-overall pick. He scored his first NFL touchdown on Sept. 15, 2013, against the Green Bay Packers.
Later that season in a 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears, Reed produced the first of four 100-yard games in his career, catching nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.