Redskins wrap up negotiations with all of their draft picks
Reed was selected 85th overall in the second round during April’s draft. The terms of Reed’s contract were not disclosed by the team though it is expected to be similar to deal last year’s 85th overall pick –cornerback Dwight Bentley – received from the Detroit Lions. Bentley signed onto a four-year, $2.7 million contract with a $549,000 signing bonus.
The 22-year-old profiles as a pass-catching specialist and the Redskins are hoping he will have a similar impact as former Gator Aaron Hernandez has had in the New England Patriots’ offense.
The 6-foot-2, 236-pound Reed caught 79 passes for 945 yards and six receiving touchdowns during his collegiate career at Florida. After starting out as a quarterback at Florida, he moved across the offense lining up at different positions while gaining experience at tight end, halfback and receiver. He started 26 out of 36 career games over three years at Florida, while starting 25 at tight end and one at quarterback for the Gators.
As a junior, Reed was named the first-team All-SEC after leading the Gators with 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Reed is expected to compete with veterans Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul as another option at tight end. Davis is coming off a torn Achilles tendon and is entering the final year of his contract with the Redskins. If Reed performs well this season, he could become part of the Redskins’ future in their effort to find a replacement for Davis.
But Reed hasn’t been on the filed yet for the Washington Redskins while dealing with what is believed to be a lingering thigh injury. He missed rookie minicamp and was limited in work out along with the Redskins’ other recovering players during OTAs this week.
“We don’t want to throw him in there too quick,” said coach Mike Shanahan.