Safety Ed Reed agreed to a contract with the New York Jets on Thursday after being released by the Houston Texans on Tuesday. According to CBS Sports, he passed a physical and could play as soon as this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Reed spent 11 years with the Baltimore Ravens (where Jets coach Rex Ryan was the defensive coordinator for 3 seasons) until leaving as a free agent for the Houston Texans this past offseason. He played in 7 games and only accumulated 14 tackles, but he didn’t seem to be a good fit and battled nagging injuries. Plus, the Texans have struggled to a 2-7 record this season as various things have gone wrong for the once promising franchise. Making comments that they were outcoached certainly didn’t endear him to the coaching staff and it’s no surprise he was released.
Reed could be a key piece for the New York secondary that is struggling a bit against the pass. They are ranked 24th and have a daunting front seven, but need some help when it comes to slowing down the opposing passing game. Reed has had a reputation as a ball-hawking defensive player and he will give NY more options since the Jets have managed just five INT’s. He and safety Dawan Landry played together for five years when they were both with the Ravens so his transition could be quite smooth.
In 12 NFL seasons, the five-time All-Pro and former DPOY has recorded 524 tackles, 61 interceptions, 137 passes defended, 13 fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles, and six sacks.
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