Ed Reed to Visit Texans on Thursday


After news broke on the Detroit Lions website that free agent safety Glover Quin had agreed to a five year deal, the Texans didn’t wait long to arrange a visit with another free agent on their wish list – Baltimore’s Ed Reed.

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) reacts after his interception against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, and gives the Texans a potential replacement for Quin if the two sides agree to a deal – and of course if the Ravens don’t counter with an offer of their own. Something tells me this won’t be entirely easily for the Texans though, considering the Ravens released veteran safety Bernard Pollard on Wednesday.

The Texans may also have to fight the San Francisco 49ers for Reed’s services as well. If he leaves Houston with nothing, the 49ers will likely be next to host an interview in the hopes of replacing Dashon Goldson.

In the long run, this move could make sense for the Texans. Reed is 34-years old, but he hasn’t missed a start for the Ravens since 2010 – and was still good for four interceptions last season alongside a decent performance in the Super Bowl.

The Texans may be interested in no more than a one year deal. Even so, it probably works out cheaper than keeping Quin under the tight salary cap.

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