Jordan Reed performed like one of the NFL’s top tight ends in 2015.
Now, he’s going to get paid like one of them, too.
On Thursday, Reed signed a five-year contract extension with the Redskins that will keep him in Washington through the 2021 season.
The deal, according to ProFootballTalk.com is worth just under $50 million and includes $22 million in guarantees.
“It means a lot that the Redskins invested that kind of money in me, and think that highly of me as a player and as a person,” Reed said on a conference call with Washington area reporters. “I’m going to show them that they made a good investment and I’m going to prove them right in making me one of the highest paid.”
Reed put himself in position for a huge extension with a breakout 2015 season.
In 14 games, he recorded career highs in catches (87), receiving yards (952 yards) and touchdowns (11). The 25-year-old put an exclamation point on the campaign over the final five contests (including the Wild Card loss to the Packers), a stretch in which he amassed 38 receptions, 458 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Reed said discussions heated up shortly after the playoffs. And although he characterized the talks as “positive” throughout, he did become concerned when the team unexpectedly struck a deal 5-year, $75 million deal with All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman.
That concern, as it turned out, was unfounded.
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“It was a concern when they signed Norman because of the cap room, but I guess they made it work and were able to give me what my agent was asking for at the time,” Reed said.
As for his reputation for spending a lot of time on the sidelines due to injuries—he’s missed 14 games in three seasons—Reed said he hopes to shake that label completely in 2016 after making solid strides last year.
“I just figured out a routine that was effective for me,” Reed said of his improved health in ‘15. “When I talk to the [training staff and coaches] these days, it really doesn’t come up. I just want to move on and show that I can play 16 games.”
Reed has spent the past two months working in Miami with the same trainer that helped him prepare for the combine. After OTAs, he intends to return to Trent Williams’ gym in Houston for several more weeks of prep work.
“That’s where I trained before the season last year,” Reed said. “[Personal trainer and nutritionist James Cooper] helped me a lot and put a lot of muscle on me. His workouts are real hard so he was able to make practices and games easy, working those hot summers in Texas.”