It was reported earlier today by ESPN that veteran safety Ed Reed was cut by the Houston Texans on Tuesday. The 12-year vet, and nine-time Pro Bowler, had some harsh words for his former team after a loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday saying that the Texans were “outplayed and out coached.” Reed didn’t stop there, the safety also said “Eventually they’re going to figure out what you’re doing if you’re doing the same old things.”
What Reed said may have played into the Texans’ decision to cut him loose, but what didn’t work for the Texans may work out for another team. A team like the New York Jets.
It’s no secret that Rex Ryan has a soft spot for former Ravens players (read: Bart Scott), so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Jets took a look at the veteran safety. Even though Reed underperformed with the Texans, he may be useful in Ryan’s defensive scheme, and an upgrade over Jets’ starter Antonio Allen — don’t get me wrong, Allen has been serviceable, but, at times, he has been a liability in coverage. Also, he doesn’t have the resume Ed Reed has.
Even if the Jets use Reed in a minimal role, the 35-year old would still be a great addition. Reed is a ball hawk that can make the big hits and can still cover. His leadership and experience would also be a great addition in the Jets’ locker room.