And just like that, the Washington Redskins offseason to-do list just got a lot smaller.
The Redskins and tight end Jordan Reed agreed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension, according to reports while the team confirmed the signing.
Reed, a third-round pick in 2013, was among several key Redskins heading into the final year of their contract, but along with quarterback Kirk Cousins, he was clearly at the front of the list for an extension after a monster 2015 season.
The breakout campaign included 87 receptions for 952 yards -- both team records for a tight end -- with a team-high 11 receiving touchdowns. Reed became the first tight end to lead the Redskins in all three categories since Jean Fugett in 1977.
What this means: Outside of the QB spot and left tackle Trent Williams, Reed turned into the most valuable player for this offense last season. The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder became a true matchup nightmare for defenders last season due to his combination of size, speed, hands and route-running. Washington was therefore wise not to play games and let any potential contract drama build. The biggest concern during his first two seasons involved injuries, but he stayed on the field last year.
We'll see how the actual contract numbers break down, but the Redskins will get more room after June 1 once the release of cornerback Chris Culliver hits the books. On the surface, the deal is comparable to the five-year, $47 million extension signed by Kansas City Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce in January.
Reed joins Williams and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as cornerstone players to sign long-term extensions since GM Scot McCloughan joined the organization in 2015. The trend of the team keeping their own stars rather than chasing others -- Josh Norman aside -- is a good thing, a very good thing.
Washington and Cousins are working toward a multi-year deal and have until July 15 to reach an agreement. Otherwise, he plays 2016 under an unfriendly salary cap contract of $20 million after signing the team's franchise tag. Wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, and pass rusher Junior Galette are among the other players entering the final year of their contract.
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