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Reed's contract lucrative but team friendly

Reed's contract lucrative but team friendly

The Redskins have paid Jordan Reed well with a contract extension that is worth $46.7 million over five years including $22 million guaranteed and $14 million fully guaranteed at signing. But the team also has some protection if Reed’s injury issues return and they can end the contract after just two seasons with relatively minor salary cap pain.

The average annual extension value of $9.35 million per year will make Reed the second highest paid tight end in the NFL, behind only Seattle's Jimmy Graham.

Here are some of the relevant points about the contract:

—The five-year extension was added on to his existing contract, which had the coming season left on it. Reed is now under contract to the Redskins through 2021. 

—His cap hit for 2016 goes up from $1.8 million to $3.4 million. That is due to the addition of $1.8 million for the prorated portion of his $9 million signing bonus and a slight lowering of his base salary.

—The fully guaranteed amount is from the signing bonus and guaranteed salaries of $1.25 million in 2016 and $3.75 million in 2017. His $8.25 million salary in 2018 becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the roster on a designated date in March of that year.

—His non-guaranteed salary in 2019 is $7.7 million, increasing to $8.25 million in 2020 and $8.75 million in 2021, the final year of the deal.

—Starting in 2017 he is eligible for up to $250,000 per year in per-game roster bonuses. Each game that he is on the active 46-man game day roster he will earn an additional $15,625.

—The salary cap hits are $5.8 million in 2017, $10.3 million in 2018, $9.72 million in 2018, $10.3 million in 2020, and $9 million 2021.

—It is no accident that the cap number is relatively low in 2017. That is the same year that the cap hit for cornerback Josh Norman’s contract will shoot up to $20 million. The structure of Reed’s contract will help them fit in Norman’s deal plus those of a few other key free agents they will want to re-sign, a list topped by quarterback Kirk Cousins.

—While the Redskins hope that Reed is productive and finishes out his contract as a productive member of the team, they do have options if things don’t work out. It would be expensive to move on after the 2017 season, with a dead cap hit of $10.95 million. That is prohibitive but if they make a move prior to the 2018 salary guarantee kicking in there would be just $5.4 million in dead cap to deal with.

—The dead cap number decreases to $3.6 million in 2019, $1.8 million in 2020, and zero in 2021.

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O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

We are nearing the start of the NFL Draft, less than three days to be exact, and right now there are a ton of names circling around whom the Washington Redskins should take at No. 13.

You’ve probably read countless mock drafts at this point (if you haven’t or need another here is ours), and there’s one thing that is consistent: nothing.

So let's concern ourselves less of ‘who’ and exactly what each player will bring to the Redskins.

There are very few evaluators of talent better than the NFL Network’s Charles Davis, so he got to talk with J.P. Finlay and Mitch Tischler on the latest edition of the Redskins Talk podcast.


He broke down EVERYONE that Washington could be taking at No. 13 overall. If you don’t have time to listen (which we highly recommend that you do), here are some of the highlights:

“This could be a wild first night,” said Davis. “All of these different trade scenarios are out there right? My experience has been that most of that calms down as we get closer. There’s a lot of discussion and chatter about it, but we don’t usually have it.”


“At 13, when you’re really down to it, Mitch I think you had said to me even before we began ‘O-line, D-line man, let’s talk O-line, D-line,’ and I think that is the perfect place for this Washington team.”


“If Vita Vea from Washington somehow is sitting there at 13, and the idea that you could go up there and put him a line and get Jonathan Allen back from last year, I think that’d be a great place to go. This is a top-10, top-5 talent in this draft that possibly could still be around at 13.”

“When we’re talking about the people that are in our business, the talking heads that people kind of go to and kind of get held accountable for their mock drafts… you don’t really see Vea in any consistency in the top ten.”

“Eleven is kind of the breakpoint for him.”


“I like him. I don’t know that I like him quite that high.”


“I like Payne, better than Hurst, but again I don’t know about quite that high.”

“The medical, you can’t help it when you’re talking about a heart. You can’t help but be a little bit concerned. Now he has gotten clearance, that has come through, but we all know that each team is going to do it’s own research and got to decide how comfortable they are with that.”


“I doubt he is falling to 13, because if somehow he falls to eight to the Bears and if the Bears don’t run up to the podium and plug him in, I’d be stunned.”


“Normally when you have a combine and you have some things that you have some questions marks on, normally you have some balancers. Orlando Brown had zero balancers. Everything was historically bad.”


“Now Will Hernandez has had about as good a postseason as an offensive lineman can have.”

“This kid Hernandez has become a massive road grater, quicker than you would think, better pass protector and he did all of this on an 0-12 team last year. So he is another guy to keep an eye on, especially if as you said they are able to move back.”


“I’d be surprised at 13.”

“Get back to 19 and then I think Guice is in play at 19. If that indeed is the runner that they like. I think the running back renaissance is real.”


“I think this John Kelly kid from Tennessee is a really good runner. He had a little trouble off-field last year, missed a game because of all that, but this kid runs hard, plays hard, he’s not Alvin Kamara… but this kid is more of a pure running back than Kamara is, he’s just not a bulky guy.”


“They’re in a tough spot because of the number. We’ve got all of this stuff now.”

“That’s a tough one, because if I’m Dallas and I want to come up and get my guy [Calvin Ridley], I don’t need to come up as high as 13 anyway, if you really think about it.”


“He’s a really good player. The kid played guard, he played center. Price is a really good technician. 44 a possibility? Possibility. Before the injury he was going late-first, early second.”

This is only scratching the surface of what the expert talked about. Get the full experience and listen to the full podcast.




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Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the first episode above and more here.

When the NFL Draft comes around, you'll hear fans and analysts often say, "If Player X makes it to pick No. __, then Team Y should sprint to the podium to pick him."

Well, this Thursday, if Player X is Tremaine Edmunds, the pick is No. 13 and Team Y is the Washington Redskins, the Burgundy and Gold should sprint to the podium only if there's no other option to get there quicker. 

While the 'Skins already have two talented linebackers in Zach Brown and Mason Foster on the roster already, taking the Virginia Tech teenager shouldn't be ruled out. Now, the only problem is that Edmunds has to slide that far in the 2018 draft; the majority of mocks have him going before that spot.

Edmunds is the type of do-it-all LB that is especially valuable in today's NFL. He has the athleticism and ability to fit on the inside or outside, and is just as comfortable rushing the passer as he is in coverage. You know that issue the Redskins have when it comes to covering tight ends, the one that's lasted for like a decade now? Edmunds would help erase it, along with a host of other problems.

"They don't come like him," one NFC scout told about Edmunds. "I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed."

Redskins fans, go outside and start searching for your four-leaf clovers now. Last year, the franchise got lucky and landed Jonathan Allen. This time around, they're going to need even more of it to secure Edmunds.