Houston Chronicle’s John McClain is reporting the Houston Texans are releasing free safety Ed Reed.
Texans are releasing Ed Reed today.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) November 12, 2013
He later wrote on the Chronicle’s Texans page:
“After Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Cardinals, Reed, who was in on 12 plays, said the Texans were ‘outplayed’ and ‘outcoached.'”
Ed Reed later tweeted:
Thanks to the Texans! And the City of Htown!
— Ed Reed (@TwentyER) November 12, 2013
Recently, Reed was replaced in the starting lineup for Shiloh Keo. Reed this season hasn’t been up to his Hall of Fame standards with 16 tackles, no interceptions and no forced fumbles.
For his career, Reed has 622 tackles, 61 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles.
His replacement, Keo, has 31 tackles this season and one interception.
Though I like Reed for his outright honesty about the Texans being out-played and out-coached, I feel with his subpar play this season, those comments marked the breaking point for Reed and the Texans’ relationship.
Reed did win the Super Bowl last season with the Ravens, and maybe he should have left with the best moment of his career like his former longtime teammate Ray Lewis did following the Super Bowl.
This partnership with the Texans and Reed was doomed from the start with Reed being injured all training camp and most of the preseason, so we all should have seen this coming in August.
Reed is an all-time great, maybe the greatest safety of our generation, but with the Texans, he was far from his former self, and it just wasn’t a good fit after all.