The Redskins needed a true offensive playmaker to emerge in 2015, and one did in the form of Jordan Reed. Not only did he star for the Washington offense, but he was one of the key factors behind Cousins’ rise to stardom under center in D.C.
Put simply, Reed was a superstar in 2015. He went from being a capable contributor in his first two seasons to one of the best tight ends in the NFL. He finished tied for second among all tight ends with 11 touchdowns, and had five more touchdowns than any Redskins player (non QB). While his run blocking was ineffective and he was slowed at times due to injury, Reed proved that he’s ready to be considered an “elite” tight end.
Currently set to make $833,166 in 2016, Reed would be extremely underpaid if he played at that rate throughout the season. The Redskins owe it to him, Cousins and their offense to pay him for his breakout season, and show him that they’re invested in his future success. Otherwise, they run the risk of losing him and/or his trust next offseason.
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