Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has signed with NFL agent Joel Segal, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Reed was previously represented by Sunny Shah, who Reed hired before the start of last season. Before Shah, he was represented by Elevate Football.
The hire comes as the Redskins and Reed have had discussions for a possible contract extension this offseason. The two sides were getting close in negotiations but not as close as Reed wanted. The third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft will enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2016, and he’s one of two vital offensive weapons that the team would like to lock up long term along with quarterback Kirk Cousins. If the Redskins aren’t able to strike a deal with Reed or Cousins this offseason, it will make for a complex offseason next year trying to re-sign both players. If they piece together another good season on top of that, their asking prices will certainly go up.
Reed, 25, is hoping to cash in after eclipsing career-highs in every major statistical category and having one of the best seasons by a tight end in franchise history. The Florida product had 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Pro Bowl alternate was the most important and reliable offensive weapon for the Redskins in a breakout season. Reed dealt with a number of injuries during his first two seasons, which stunted his development playing in just 20 games during that span. Last year, Reed trained in Houston with left tackle Trent Williams. Reed credited his workouts with trainer James Cooper as a big reason why he played 14 regular season games last year. The two games he missed were caused by his fourth diagnosed concussion of his career. The Redskins lost both games in their only losing streak last season.
Segal represents a number of Redskins players, including wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive back DeAngelo Hall and linebacker Perry Riley Jr.
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