Kyle Shanahan predicted that Jordan Reed could be a fantastic asset to the 49ers, provided the tight end can stay healthy.
Niners general manager, John Lynch, confirmed a report that Reed had agreed on a one-year, stimulus deal with the Niners upon his release from Washington.
Former Washington Football Team Pro Bowl TE Jordan Reed agreed on an incentive-laden, one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, sources tell ESPN. Reed is 30, has a history of concussion, but when he’s healthy – the way he is now – he’s one of the game’s elite tight spots.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 3, 2020
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The move reunites the 30-year-old with Shanahan, his former offensive coordinator in Washington, where Reed spent the first seven years of his career, with 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Reed’s time in the NFL so far has been largely an unfulfilled potential due to a wave of injuries and concussions, with his seventh known concussion keeping him out of the 2019 entire season. Still, Shanahan is optimistic about a tight ending, having missed 47 games in his career.
“I know he hasn’t been on the field for a while,” Shanahan told reporters. “I know he is very hungry to play football. He hasn’t done much about that lately. If you have a talented boy who is hungry to play football, find out if they can stay healthy. Jordan was unlucky over the years. I know he’s ready to go. I hope he’s lucky here. If he does, I think it’s going to be a great deal for the Niners, and a really good deal for him, too. “
If Reed could stay on the roster, he and arguably All-Pro George Kittle would make the best tight duo in the league.
That’s why Lynch thought it was worth taking the chance to bring Reed into the building.
“It’s been well documented that he has had multiple concussions before,” Lynch admitted. “In situations like this, there’s a reason a guy like Jordan Reed is there, so there’s a risk reward. We got to a point where we were worth the risk we assumed with the potential reward.”