Josh Norman's situation made Jordan Reed nervous. That five-year, $70 million contract handed to the free agent cornerback by the Washington Redskins was a wow in terms of breaking news, but also for those on the roster thinking about their own future. Even those coming off a record-setting campaign like the playmaking tight end.
“We’ve been communicating [with the Redskins] since probably after the playoff game," Reed said. "It was a little concerning when they signed Norman and things like that, but they made the space and they gave me a good offer."
Yes, yes they did. Reed and the Redskins agreed to a five-year, $50 million deal, the team announced Thursday. The tight end, who led Washington in receptions, yards and touchdown catches last season, was only under contract through the 2016 season.
Reed recognized Norman's contract took away ample amount of cap space.
“Yeah, it was a concern when they signed Norman because of the cap room and things like that," he said during a teleconference with reporters following the extension announcement. "I guess they made it work out and they were able to give me what my agent was asking for at the time.”
That means money and some security, but also no moving boxes.
“Honestly I don’t want to be anywhere else than here. I love it here," Reed said. "I love playing for the Redskins. I love all my coaches and all my teammates. I love this area, man. They gave me that deal and I took it. It was a solid deal and I’m just happy to be a Redskin.”
Becoming the second-highest paid tight end (by total dollars) in the NFL adds to the happiness. Reed matches Seattle's Jimmy Graham with a league-high $10 million per year average.
“It means a lot that the Redskins invested that kind of money into me and think that highly of me as a player and as a person. That means a lot to me. I’m going to show them that they made a good investment, and I’m going to prove them right in making me one of the highest paid," Reed said.
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