49ers To Sign Jordan Reed

The 49ers have agreed to sign Jordan Reed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The deal will reunite the talented tight end with former Washington staffer and current SF head coach Kyle Shanahan

[RELATED: Ravens, Patriots Interested In Delanie Walker]

Reed had been connected to the Ravens and other teams in need of tight end help. The Niners – who boast the game’s best tight end in George Kittle – certainly did not need Reed, but they’ve landed him anyway. If Reed is healthy, the 49ers will boast the league’s scariest 1-2 combo at the position.

Reed has been adamant about wanting to return to the field, despite his troubling history with head trauma. Over the last three seasons, he’s played in just a baker’s dozen of games. And, since the start of his college career, he’s suffered at least seven concussions. His last concussion took him out for the entire 2019 season. In February, the Washington Football Team released from the two seasons left on his five-year, $47MM contract.

But, when he’s been healthy and on the field, Reed has performed as one of the league’s top tight ends. Between 2013 and 2018, Reed racked up 329 catches for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns for Washington.

In March, we heard that the Seahawks had some interest in signing Reed. The Ravens had him on their short list as well, but they’ll likely pivot to Delanie Walker, who is reportedly 100% healthy and interested in coming to Baltimore.

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18 comments on “49ers To Sign Jordan Reed

  1. markdavisbarber

    Jordan Reed will get his next concussion by putting on his helmet too fast. He will not be happy until he is a drooling sack of potatoes.

  2. GiantsX3

    Sad to see someone like Reed trading their long term health to play football.

  3. mrshyguy99

    does the team really need reed like the story says. if he healthy and makes the team than im all for it

  4. crosseyedlemon

    Lynch is doing his best to get this team back to 4-12. Trades his best player Buckner and signs worthless players like Trent Williams and Reed.

    • mrshyguy99

      best player you forget who nick bose is? how trent williams worthless just because he wasnt happy with the redskins?

    • wagner13

      Trent Williams was available for a day three draft pick and will immediately replace the retired Joe Staley. Reed cost pennies on the dollar. Why not take a lottery ticket on them? Also, the Buckner move was necessary to pay for players like Kittle. They had enough depth on the defensive line to part ways and even find a cheap replacement in Javon Kinlaw. Sometimes football requires tough losses. If management paid everybody in sight, the 49ers would look like the Rams right now

  5. DarkSide830

    here come the people who think they know more about his health then he, his team, or his family does.

  6. Technically correct

    “If Reed is healthy, the 49ers will boast the league’s scariest 1-2 combo at the position.”

    *obviously meant for the 2020 season only. The 2011 Patriots were by far the scariest historically. Gronk would kill you over the middle and Hernandez…

  7. Ak185

    The only question I have with Reed (other than health) is his blocking. He does not do it exceptionally well. Kittle does, of course. Reed, as the second tight end and in a run first offense, will be asked to do that pretty frequently. He is a quality receiver but I’m not sure how valuable will be in the type of two tight ends San Fran will run as a secondary blocking tight end.

    • cka2nd

      It’s not that uncommon to pair a “blocking” TE and a “receiving” TE in two-TE sets. And I assume that Reed can line up outside as a wideout on some plays.

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