The explosive tight end told SiriusXM NFL Radio the Redskins should prioritize bringing back their key components this offseason. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are all heading toward free agency.
“I think first of all, we got to bring Kirk back,” Reed said, via the Washington Post. “We got to bring Kirk back. We got to bring two of our most valuable weapons back — Pierre and [Jackson] — for us to have a shot. So, I think we need to bring those guys back and add a couple more pieces on defense, and I think we’ll be right where we need to be.”
Cousins is unlikely to go anywhere. The question for the Washington brass is whether to franchise tag the quarterback again (for about $24 million) or sink long-term money into the Cousins operation. Teams can begin designating franchise tags beginning tomorrow, Feb. 15, and have until 4 p.m. ET on March 1 to use the tag.
As far as Reed is concerned, Cousins is the man for the long-haul.
“He’s real locked in, and he’s vocal,” Reed said. “He communicates well. He’s clear about what he wants to be done out there and lets us know. On the practice field, he’s locked in and he’s very competitive. That fuels all of us to be that same kind of competitor and compete to the end.”
While Cousins isn’t leaving, it appears unlikely Jackson and Garcon will return. Each will have suitors that can offer more money, while Washington needs to spend cash this offseason bolstering the trenches.
If Reed can stay healthy (a big if), the Redskins still employ explosive options in the passing game with the receiving tight end, rising stud Jamison Crowder and last season’s No. 1 pick, Josh Doctson.