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Should Cowboys Consider Adding TE Jordan Reed?

How comfortable are you with the Dallas Cowboys tight end situation?

It’s quite the question heading into the 2020 season. Jason Witten is gone, and Prime Jason Witten is long gone. Now it’s time for Blake Jarwin to come into his own and step up in a big way – as the number one tight end for America’s Team.

Personally, I have a lot of confidence in Jarwin. He and quarterback Dak Prescott have displayed how strong their chemistry is over the last two seasons, and Jarwin’s ability after the catch is evident.

There is one major tight end piece still on the free agent market which is generating some buzz, however, and that tight end is Jordan Reed.

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One name to watch as teams gear up for training camp: FA TE Jordan Reed. The former Washington play-maker has three teams interested and plans to play in 2020. A potential low-risk, high-reward signing.

The former Washington star tight end was once a Pro Bowler, but hasn’t played a full season once in his entire career. His best year came back in 2015, when he caught 114 balls for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. But 2015 was a long time ago, and Reed’s concussion issues are a serious concern.

Honestly, Reed should probably give football up. I’ve dealt with severe concussions from football in the past, and they are incredibly dangerous both long and short term. But if Reed wants to continue on in his career, that’s obviously his choice.

Bleacher Report linked Jordan Reed to the Cowboys this week, but I don’t see Dallas taking a chance here. They just re-signed Blake Jarwin to a four year deal in March, clearly indicating that the plan is for him to be Prescott’s tight end for the foreseeable future.

I hope Jordan Reed makes the best choice for his personal health and career, but I don’t see the fit in Dallas.

What do you think?

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Kevin Brady

Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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  1. I think Jarwin will be just fine as the starter. He should have gotten the lion’s share of the snaps last year. I don’t know if it was Moore or Garrett’s decision to stick with Witten; hopefully the decision was not above Garrett. I am not too sure if there will be enough footballs to go around, but if Moore/McCarthy chooses to go his direction Jarwin should have stats at least as good as Reed would have.

  2. Pretty much every time a free agent is sitting around this type of question arises. This isn’t the first article I have seen on Reed but think before you pose a scenario. Reed has 7 “documented” concussions and has been unable to stay healthy. The dude seriously needs to get out of football and move on with life or I fear we will hear some sad story about the guy in the future. I love Jarwin and excited to see what this group will look like. Hard pass on Reed.

  3. Kicking the tires on Reed may not be all bad. If he can be our TE2 that would add yet another dynamic receiving threat. That means we would have 3 WR, 2 RB, and 2 TE who can be playmakers for our offense. I wouldn’t be against it if he wanted a low salary for a 1 yr deal.

  4. It’s no doubt Jarwin will be our primary TE for the years to come and I pray he suffers no major injuries. We also need a strong, healthy and reliable #2 TE who can step in and make an impact as Jarwin will get banged up and will need come off the field from time to time. Because of Reed’s concussion history and his future health concerns because of those concussions, I don’t that he would be a good fit even for one year.

  5. I don’t think we need to add any more TE. Jarwin should be fine and he’s waited patiently for his turn. From what I’ve seen, he deserves the chance to shine and I think he will.

  6. No way! Sad to see Witten’s era come to an end but now is the time to see what Schultz and McKeon can do.

  7. I feel Reed had great potential when he was in Washington (he made some good plays) but he was proven to by a liability due to his injuries. Why take a risk of paying him to be on IR when we already have that with Sean Lee? PASS on REED!!! Lets focus on developing who we have and save some money.

  8. Can we stop with the TE scenarios already? We will never know what Jarwin can do if we listen to every “what if” that pops up. He’s got skill, let’s give him a chance before we bring in anyone else. We have plenty of pass catchers, lets focus on DEs and DBs.

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