ASHBURN – The Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was finally discharged from the concussion protocol, a source confirmed, opening the way for his eventual team cut.
Reed suffered the commotion thanks to a helmet-to-helmet blow suffered in August, during the third preseason game. His discharge was reported in the first instance by The Athletic. Redskins head coach Ron Rivera had said last Saturday that Reed was still in the protocol.RELATED
Multiple sources claim that Reed will be cut soon. Once it is, Washington will save $ 8.5 million against the salary cap, with 1.8 million in dead money. Reed has two years left on his contract.
Reed, 29, missed the entire last season from the shock, the seventh documented since he started playing college football. But his career has been marked by multiple injuries; Reed has never played more than 14 games in a campaign. A source close to the tight end reported that Reed wishes to continue playing.
Reed had suffered for two years from ligament damage to his toes, but he looked good in training camp last summer. But in the third preseason game, Reed suffered a shock after receiving a helmet-to-helmet hit from the safety of the Atlanta Falcons, Keanu Neal. Reed almost returned to action in Week 2, after being discharged by the team. But after the symptoms returned, an independent neurologist did not discharge him. Reed did not train after September 12 and was placed on the list of injured reservations on October 14.
The Redskins made Reed the focal point of their air game under former head coach Jay Gruden. He responded with a great campaign in 2015 when he participated in 14 games of the season, his personal brand. That year, Reed caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, all personal marks.
After that season, the Redskins signed Reed to an extension of five years for up to 46.75 million dollars, and he was elected to his only Pro Bowl after the 2016 campaign. But from 2016 to 2018, thanks to injuries, he has barely averaged 49 receptions per year with a combined 10 touchdowns. Take 329 receptions for life, with 24 touchdowns.
Washington selected Reed in the third round from Florida in the 2013 draft. He caught 45 passes in nine rookie games before injuries ended his campaign. Reed proved to be a favorable match against linebackers or safeties in particular, especially lining up in the groove. The Redskins loved their ability to quickly win one-on-one against the defenders, making it an important goal.
The Redskins have a definite need in the closed wing position, with Reed probably starting and Vernon Davis’s retirement. The team recently met with Greg Olsen, but he ended up signing with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Redskins have already released two former headlines: cornerback Josh Norman and wide receiver Paul Richardson. After those movements, the Redskins have approximately 54 million dollars in space under the salary cap.