ESPN.com is reporting the New York Jets have signed recently released Houston Texans safety Ed Reed after he cleared waivers this week.
Reed played in seven of nine games this season for the Texans, missing the first two games of the season with injuries.
Following the Texans’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday, Reed said at times the Texans were “out-coached” and “out-played.”
In recent weeks, Reed had been demoted to the bench, replaced in the starting lineup by Shiloh Keo at the free safety spot.
In the ESPN.com article on Reed, it states:
“Reed once played for Jets coach Rex Ryan when Ryan served as a defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-08). Ryan once called Reed ‘the best safety that’s ever played.’”
I still believe the Texans releasing Reed was good for the team. I don’t believe he was released solely because of his comments (though they played a big role), but when he was on the field with the Texans, he wasn’t the same player who has Hall of Fame credentials.
Reed is an all-time great, don’t get me wrong, but I think the Texans are better off without him. Reed was worth taking a chance on this past offseason, but it just didn’t work out for him or Houston in the long term.
As for him signing with the Jets, I wish him the best. I don’t think he’s going to change a lot with that team either, but I guess it is worth a shot for the Jets to sign Reed to see if being reunited with Rex Ryan will help Reed towards the end of his career.
I doubt Reed will make an impact on the field, but I honestly do wish him the best and hope he does well.