Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

12 Nov 2013

Texans Release Ed Reed; Jets Sign Ed Reed

Let this be a lesson: if you're an old safety that can't really play anymore, at least be an old safety that can't really play anymore that keeps his mouth shut.

Edit: The Jets came to terms with Reed today. While I maintain he's not very good anymore, he should be better in a system that actually lets him freelance a bit.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 12 Nov 2013

29 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2014, 11:25am by m


by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 4:12pm

Not a Texans fan, so I don't know the details on their cap situation, but would it have been that prohibitive to keep Glover Quin, rather than getting an aging safety that had clearly been declining the past two seasons? (I acknowledge it seems I'm using the benefit of hindsight, but even before the season I thought the signing was questionable).

by Mr Shush :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 10:00pm

It would in fact have cost about the same. Yes, it was a terrible move.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 2:57pm

When the Cowboys wind up signing Ed Reed to "fix their secondary", I predict Rivers McCown will laugh so hard he will rupture his spleen, pancreas, and large intestine.


by iron_greg :: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 5:37pm

I lol'd

by Nathan :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 4:06pm

With how much Belichick loves Ed Reed, I wouldn't be totally surprised if they brought him in for a look.

by steveNC (not verified) :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 4:15pm

To play WR?

by dryheat :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 5:16pm

I dunno...they're down a starting safety for a few weeks, and they play both the Ravens and Texans still. If the money's right, and by right I mean pretty damn near the vet minimum, why not? Belichick's a smart enough coach not to ask him to do things he's clearly incapable of.

by jonnyblazin :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 9:14pm

"Belichick's a smart enough coach not to ask him to do things he's clearly incapable of."

Does that include tackling and covering?

by dcaslin :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 11:11pm

Whoah, whoah. We're Ravens fans here, we are contractually obligated to couch such statements with "and we're grateful to Ed for his amazing career in Baltimore".

by Jim C. (not verified) :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 11:23am

And we're also contractually obligated to say "In Ozzie We Trust", and to congratulate Ozzie for his foresight in dumping Reed when he did.

We are NOT contractually obligated to mention Michael Huff or Marcus Spears.

by RickD :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 6:02pm

The Pats have WRs. Gotta keep up. Amendola is back, Gronk is back, Edelman and Dobson are good in supporting roles.

Starting safety Steve Gregory is down (along with half of the defense) so there is a bit of a need there.

by Malene, copenhagen (not verified) :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 9:18am

Except, they're down a starting SS, not FS.

by andrew :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 8:05pm

Maybe they could run a Reed Option.

by Bobman :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 3:21pm

Hope I'm not the only one who laughed....

Though at this point I think the best Reed Option would be shopping for riding mowers with Brett Favre.

by BroncosGuyAgain :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 8:01pm

Hard to tell if you are serious, Nathan, but I hope not. Ed Reed is more cooked than Chernobyl (What? Too soon?).

When they fall, they often fall fast. Reed was bad last year, and unplayable this year. End-of-career badness does not detract from the overall greatness of his career, though. Champagne toast to Reed and to Ravens fans, on a bittersweet day.

by Mr Shush :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 10:00pm

Right. Greatest player at his position of my football-watching lifetime, but no longer of any on-field value to any professional team. He's verging on CC Brown bad on defense, and he doesn't play special teams.

by In_Belichick_We... :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 8:47am

Yeah, this defense is filling in nicely.....
Adrian Wilson at strong safety, Ed Reed at free safety. Maybe they can get Urlacher to play MLB too.

I'm not sure they can afford to pay two safeties that can't play.

by MJK :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 12:46pm

Wilson's on IR. Their starting safeties right now are Steve Gregory and Devin McCourty (who is quietly having a Pro-bowl caliber year). Gregory's out for probably 2-4 weeks or so, so if they don't sign someone, rookie Duron Harmon (who was commonly viewed as a draft-day reach when they took him early) will be starting next to McCourty.

Considering that Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, and Tommy Kelly are all on IR as well, this is a banged up defense. The good news is that Talib looks like he'll be back soon...

by In_Belichick_We... :: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 11:06am

I'm pretty sure we all know Wilson is on the IR. It was a joke to the effect that Reed would be just as useful.
The rumor that went around the local media when Wilson was placed on the IR:
He isn't injured. Belichick gave him the IR instead of a training camp cut out of respect for his veteran status.
Some may laugh at the rumor but this is the same team that paid Robert Edwards when they weren't obligated to.

by dryheat :: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 2:07pm

I agree that Wilson looked unlikely to make the team out of training camp, but if Wilson were healthy enough to pass a physical, Belichick would have likely released him with an injury settlement by now. That would be a move of respect for the veteran.

by Bobman :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 3:22pm

Might as well add Shawne Merriman (and Mark Gastineau, just for the old sack dance and to piss off Jets fans).

by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 4:45pm

The way he's been playing lately, he probably needs some Obamacare.

by Snack Flag (not verified) :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 5:04pm


by Ben Stuplisberger :: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 8:35pm

His glass house may be the wrong place to throw stones from, but Reed's not wrong about being out-coached.

by Anonymous2 (not verified) :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 12:07pm

The full quote was that they were "outplayed and outcoached". I interpreted that to mean Reed was taking at least some responsibility for the loss. Hardly throwing stones in a glass house if you ask me. If you want to cut him because he's over the hill and overpaid, fine. But I don't think cutting him based on that quote was merited.

by Ben Stuplisberger :: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 2:25pm

I'm aware of the full quote, and I'm not cutting him.

by sundown (not verified) :: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 11:40am

Being cut may hurt his ego a bit, but his wallet is certainly happy. He made $5.5 million for playing less than half a season. Not a bad retirement plan.

by jonnyblazin :: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 9:33pm

Ed Reed signs with the Jets. Now he'll get the chance to lose to the Ravens twice this year.

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