49ers news: Jordan Reed signing one-year deal with San Francisco
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Jordan Reed signing one-year deal with 49ers

Jordan Reed, 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers already boasted one of the sport’s premier tight ends in George Kittle. Now, as of Monday, they have reportedly added former Pro Bowl standout Jordan Reed to the mix, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Schefter notes that the deal is for just one year and is incentive-laden, which appears to indicate that the 49ers are taking a shot on Reed staying healthy and banking on his past production.

Reed did not appear on the field during the 2019 regular season, having sustained the seventh documented concussion of his career during the preseason. Still just 30 years old, Reed has amassed an extensive laundry list of concussions during his time in the NFL, yet has still managed to put up impressive numbers during his six seasons with Washington.

Reed has not yet appeared in all 16 games in a single regular season in his career. But across 65 games, he has amassed 329 receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns. Unlike his previous stop in Washington, Reed will also have the benefit of not being the de facto No. 1 option in the team’s passing attack, which should open him up for additional production.

With no preseason games currently planned ahead of the 2020 season as the league navigates its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, Reed should be able to get in his reps without the threat of additional injury. He figures to hold down the No. 2 tight end spot when the reigning NFC Champions open the season against the Arizona Cardinals at home on Sept. 13.