Report: Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Reed to retire


After a career that was filled with both dominant play and continuous injuries, longtime Washington and San Francisco tight end Jordan Reed is reportedly calling it quits. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport announced the news early on Tuesday morning.

As Rapoport noted, Reed entered the league in 2013 and immediately made an impact, recording 499 yards and three touchdowns in his first nine games before he was forced out for the remainder of his rookie campaign. This would unfortunately become a theme that carried on throughout his career. In Week 7 of his rookie year, he dominated with 134 yards and a score. In Week 11, he suffered a season-ending concussion. It was dominance one week and tough injuries in another, making his journey one of those "what if he had stayed healthy" tales in the sport.

Reed's best season came in 2015, when he suited up for all but two regular season games and finished with 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. That type of dominance continued into the playoffs, where he hauled in nine balls for 120 yards and a touchdown against the Packers in a Washington loss. In 2016, he was selected for his first and only Pro Bowl. However, injuries kept him sidelined for much of the next two campaigns before a concussion — the seventh documented one of his career — kept him out for the entire 2019 season. His former teammate, London Fletcher, told Audacy that he very well may have had more than just those seven documented concussions, however, and suggested that he walk away prior to the 2020 season.

Reed showed that he had more fuel left in the tank, however, signing with the San Francisco 49ers for one last go-around, and a productive one at that. With George Kittle dealing with injuries, Reed was able to step in (when healthy) and put up some solid numbers, including a two-score showing in Week 2.

Reed finishes his career with 355 receptions, 3,602 yards and 28 touchdowns. He'll join Alex Smith as former Washington and San Francisco players that have decided to hang 'em up, as the longtime quarterback announced his retirement on Monday.

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