The last time the Redskins played good football with a dynamic offense, Jordan Reed dominated.
In December 2015 Reed posted absurd numbers: 30 catches for 411 yards and five touchdowns. In one month. The Redskins closed that season on a four-game win streak to capture the NFC East title, and Washington has not made the postseason since that run.
That year showed the greatness of Jordan Reed, and it looked like that was just scratching the surface. Arguably the best part of Reed's 2015 season was that he remained largely healthy, playing in 14 games and starting nine.
Unfortunately, Reed has never had another 14-game season, and hasn't come close to his 2015 totals of 87 catches, 11 TDs and nearly 1,000 yards receiving.
For all the promise and potential, and the one season of elite production, Reed hasn't been able to stay on the field. Injuries have likely robbed him of a possibly legendary career. He has good size, great athleticism and at times was the best route-running tight end in the NFL. He also dealt with multiple head injuries, feet and toe problems not to mention separated shoulders and hurt ankles.
It's all too obvious the Redskins will move on from Reed this season after he was forced to miss all of 2019. He sustained a concussion last August in the preseason, his seventh documented concussion since his college days at the University of Florida. Redskins head coach Ron Rivera told reporters in Charlotte that Reed has still not been cleared from the NFL Concussion Protocol.
Washington can save $8.5 million against the salary cap if they release Reed, who is in the final year of a five-year, $46 million contract extension he signed in 2015. Releasing Reed won't be as simple as the moves to drop Josh Norman and Paul Richardson last week, however, because of Reed's injury status.
Regardless how it happens, even with an injury settlement, it's going to happen. And Redskins fans will be left wondering what if Reed could have stayed healthy.
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