The Redskins’ 5 Biggest Salary Cap Questions Heading Into 2016

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How big of an extension is coming for Jordan Reed?

Reed is coming off of one of the best 2015 campaigns of any NFL tight end, and will likely require a lucrative extension before the 2016 season gets under way. It’s not like the Redskins can expect him to be one of their biggest playmakers for only $833,166 on the year.

Based on recent developments, it’s looking like Reed could be headed for a huge payday. Two similar tight ends, Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce, recently signed huge extensions that paid the athletic pass-catchers large sums of money. Ertz got a six-year, $43.6 million deal with $21.13 million guaranteed. As for Kelce, he got a five-year, $46 million deal with $20.017 million guaranteed. Both extensions will likely help Reed’s agents guide talks with the Redskins’ brass.

So how much will the Redskins pay Reed? Look for the numbers to land somewhere near the money that Ertz and Kelce received, with similar guaranteed amounts as well. It’s certainly going to be a significant hit to the Redskins’ limited cap space, but it’s also a necessary move for Washington to lock down one of the offenses’ top young talents.