Jordan Reed missed last week's OTA sessions for the Redskins after undergoing knee surgery, and is not expected back for Washington until training camp next month. For in-tune Redskins fans, Reed missing time comes as no surprise. In two seasons with the Redskins, Reed has suited up in 20 out of 32 games.
Reed has missed time with a variety of ailments - knee, ankle, concussions, hamstrings - the list is long. For a young player at a position that demands physical play, Reed has proven to be hard to count on. Beyond the 12 games in two years he couldn't play, another handful saw Reed exit early after re-aggravating injuries or developing new ones.
That is not to say Reed lacks talent, in fact, he has lots of it. When healthy Reed can produce like a top-flight tight end. He showed that his rookie year when in back to back weeks he caught 17 balls for more than 200 yards and a TD. Last year, he again showed a glimpse of his talent in a nine catch, 123 yard performance in a late November loss to the Colts.
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Nobody questions the talent, but at what point must the Redskins brass consider Reed a liability? Niles Paul lands second on the tight end depth chart, and while he does not have the same talent as Reed, Paul is durable. In four seasons with Washington, Paul has missed just four games, including zero last season. Given the most offensive opportunities of his career, 2014 also marked Paul's best year as a pass catcher. He went for over 500 yards receiving and a touchdown, catching passes from three different QBs.
Paul has size and speed, though not the best hands for a starting tight end. With Reed rehabbing a knee in June and a history of injury trouble, is it time for Redskins coach Jay Gruden to think of Paul as the starter at tight end? Let us know what you think in the comments.
The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.
Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.
Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.
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After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.
The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).
The salary cap hits per year are as follows:
2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million
The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.
Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.
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