Jordan Reed’s contract extension wasn’t just good for Jordan Reed. It was also good for the locker room, according to Redskins Coach Jay Gruden, because of the message it delivered to his teammates.
That message? Work hard, play well, get paid.
“It’s great,” Gruden said Saturday at Redskins Park. “You know, it’s a great testament to him and the work that he’s put in. He’s worked extremely hard, and he’s earned that contract.”
Earlier this month, Reed, a third round pick in 2013, inked a five-year, $48.4 million contract extension that includes $22 million in guarantees and a $9 million signing bonus.
Over the past year, Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan has emphasized retaining his own players rather than focusing on signing other team’s free agents to lucrative deals. Reed is the latest example of that philosophy.
“I love the fact that when you have guys that you draft and you build through the system, you reward them and he’s a perfect example of that,” Gruden said of Reed, who established career highs in games played (14), receptions (87), receiving yards (952) and touchdowns (11) in 2015.
“It’s a great message to send to the rest of the guys, man,” Gruden added. “You work hard, you produce, good things will happen, and it did for Jordan. He’s a great kid and obviously we have high aspirations for him.”
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