Top available tight ends for Redskins to target in free agency

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February 18, 2020 - 12:29 pm
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With Jordan Reed still suffering from the concussion he received back in August, combined with Vernon Davis' sudden retirement, the Redskins have a gaping hole to fill at the tight end position.

When healthy, Reed is one of the game's top playmakers. The same could be said for each of the past five years, but, during that span he's accumulated seven concussions and just one Pro Bowl appearance.

Reed missed all of the 2019 season. Davis only suited up for the first four games until sitting out the rest of the year with a concussion of his own.

UPDATE: Redskins Release Jordan Reed

Outside of the two of them, the Redskins got little-to-nothing from the position.

Third-year tight end Jeremy Sprinkle played in every game in 2019, yet only managed to haul in 26 catches for 241 yards and one touchdown. Undrafted rookie Hale Hentges reeled in 8 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.

With no clear starter at the position, the Redskins should look to bring in a contributor in free agency. These are the top options available.

2020 Unrestricted Free Agent Tight Ends: 

**All figures according to Spotrac.com**

Austin Hooper, 25, Falcons

2019 AAV: $803K

Calculated Market Value For Next Contract: 5 years, $49.9 million  | AAV: $9.9 million

Austin Hooper is expected to reset the market for tight ends after showing exceptional progress throughout his first four seasons with the Falcons. Hooper's numbers increased in every season and he was able to maintain durability.

2016: 19 Receptions, 271 Yards, 3 TDs, 14 GP

2017: 49 Receptions, 526 Yards, 3 TDs, 16 GP

2018: 71 Receptions, 660 Yards, 4 TDs, 16 GP

2019: 75 Receptions, 787 Yards, 6 TDs, 13 GP 

He will command top dollar from either the Falcons or any team that is willing to pry him away.

Hunter Henry, 25, Chargers

2019 AAV: $1.59 million 

Calculated Market Value For Next Contract: 4 years, $35.6 million| AAV: $8.9 million

Hunter Henry was on the upswing after the 2017 NFL season when he recorded 45 catches for 579 yards and four TDs. An ACL tear in May of 2018 kept him sidelined the whole season, but he was able to make a full recovery. When he returned to the Chargers last season, he regained his rapport with Philip Rivers and recorded 55 catches for 652 yards and 5 TDs. The Chargers have since moved on from Rivers and it remains to be seen if  Henry is in their long-term plans.

Eric Ebron, 27, Colts

2019 AAV: $6.5 million

Calculated Market Value For Next Contract: 4 years: $29.9 million | AAV: $7.4 million

Eric Ebron enjoyed a career resurgence in 2018 in his first year with the Colts, after four forgettable seasons with the Lions, reeling in 66 catches for 750 yards and 13 TDs, while being named to his first Pro Bowl. Andrew Luck's sudden retirement ahead of the 2019 season, combined with a rash of injuries derailed Ebron's second season in Indianapolis. Now back on the open market, Ebron could surely help a contender that needs a red-zone target. 

Blake Jarwin, 26, Cowboys (Restricted Free Agent)

2019 AAV: $563K

Blake Jarwin made an impact for the Cowboys late in the 2018 season (7 receptions, 119 yards, 3 TDs in Week 16 vs. Giants), but his role sharply reduced when then-retired Jason Witten decided to resume his NFL career before the start of last season. Jarwin is a low-risk/high reward investment that could prove to be a valuable piece.

2020 Redskins Salary Cap: $54.1 million, according to Spotrac.

Cap Savings if the following players are released:

Ryan Kerrigan: $11.7 million added to cap

Jordan Reed: $8.5 million added to cap

OFF THE MARKET:

Greg Olsen, 35, Panthers

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