Redskins Release TE Jordan Reed

It sounds like Jordan Reed‘s tenure with the Redskins has come to an end. ESPN’s John Keim reports that the veteran tight end has finally cleared the concussion protocol and will soon be released. The Redskins moved forward with the release, according to ESPN.com’s Field Yates (on Twitter). The move is now official.

The move isn’t overly shocking. While Reed still has two years remaining on his five-year, $47MM contract, the organization can save $8.5MM against just $1.8MM in dead money by cutting him. It was important for Reed to pass the concussion protocol; if he didn’t, the Redskins would have been on the hook for the remainder of his contract (barring a settlement).

Reed suffered this latest concussion – his seventh documented concussion since the start of college – following a helmet-to-helmet hit during Washington’s third preseason game. This forced him to miss the entire 2019 campaign, and the tight end has only suited up for 13 games over the past three seasons.

When Reed saw the field, he was a force. Even with his long list of injuries, the offensive weapon still managed to haul in 329 passes for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns between 2013 and 2018. If this is indeed the end of Reed’s tenure with the organization, he’ll rank top-10 in Redskins history for touchdowns and receptions.

While Reed may be done in Washington, it sounds like he’s not ready to hang up his cleats. We learned earlier today that the 29-year-old “100 percent” wants to continue playing.

On the other side, Reed will join a growing list of players let go by the Redskins. The organization released cornerback Josh Norman and wideout Paul Richardson last week.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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12 comments on “Redskins Release TE Jordan Reed

  1. duffy126

    It’s about time. I’m glad he didn’t wind up murdering anyone, but the guy can’t stay healthy. I wish him the best and hope he retires to salvage what brain health he can. Helluva talent, but his concussion issues are real.

    • Truely talented but any team has to be wary of signing him, and I think at some point the nfl has to save him from himself, wanting to play is great however brain health and growing old is more important

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      No. He’s not a Belichick-type tight end. Belichick asks that a TE be a blocker first and receiver second. Reed cannot block.

      • rkmarx

        Thx for the info. I didn’t know anything about his lack of blocking ability.

      • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

        So forget about an intervention if one of your friends is a drug addict?

      • Appalachian_Outlaw

        I’m inclined to agree with Darkside here, too. There’s no mystery to the risks, and I’m sure he knows the facts. It should be Reed’s choice if he wants to try and continue to play.

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