Jordan Reed is still unsigned, four months after the main wave of NFL free agency occurred. That may change soon, though, based on an Ian Rapoport report.
The NFL Network insider tweeted on Monday that Reed is "one name to watch" and he's drawing interest from "three teams" with training camp approaching.
Washington released the 30-year-old back in February after he spent six seasons with the club.
Because of his extensive injury history, Reed's contract, should he sign one, figures to be relatively inexpensive. Any contender looking to add another talented pass catcher to their offense would likely happily buy low on Reed, considering the type of return he could provide if healthy. Therefore, it's not much of a surprise that he's apparently being looked at by a few franchises.
Clearly, Reed is still committed to continuing his NFL career, which is a fact that will make some feel uneasy. The tight end dealt with many issues while with the Burgundy and Gold, but by far the most concerning problem was the amount of concussions he suffered.
The most recent one, which happened in the 2019 preseason, sidelined Reed for the entire season. In fact, it took him a full six months to clear concussion protocol, as the effects from that controversial Keanu Neal hit followed him long after the collision.
One of Reed's ex-teammates, Chris Thompson, explained last September how worried he is for his friend moving forward.
"We got drafted together and I played against him in college so I know how he is about football," Thompson said on The Sports Junkies. "I know how he feels and he really wants to be out there but, I told him yesterday, I was like, ‘Man, you gotta go out there and gotta be smart. You gotta take care of yourself, it’s bigger than this, it’s bigger than just this game.'
"He has kids and a family and stuff and I want him to be able to live his life and enjoy it to the fullest with those kids and not have to deal with any side effects or whatever, mental issues from having these concussions."
Those comments highlight just how precarious Reed's situation is. But as of now, he wants to take the field again — and it sounds like the chance to do so could come soon.
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