The New York Jets agreed on a contract with five-time All-Pro safety Ed Reed, two days after he was waived by the Houston Texans.
Jets coach Rex Ryan was Reed’s defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens from 2005 through 2008. Reed spent his first 11 National Football League seasons in Baltimore, nine times earning invitations to the Pro Bowl and helping the Ravens win last season’s Super Bowl.
Reed signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Texans in March, then had just 14 tackles in seven games before being released. He missed Houston’s first two games while recovering from offseason hip surgery and was demoted by interim coach Wade Phillips last week.
Reed’s Nov. 12 release came two days after he said the Texans were “outplayed” and “outcoached” in a 27-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Houston Chronicle said. Reed cleared waivers yesterday and is expected to join the Jets on the practice field today, the team said on its Twitter feed.
“He brings experience, the know-how, the expertise, how to be a professional,” said former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and ESPN analyst Jerome Bettis. “More importantly, he brings a ring and he can explain to those guys what it means to be a champion. Rex Ryan knows the strengths and weaknesses of an Ed Reed, so I think it’s a perfect situation.”
The Jets, who have a 5-4 record this season, visit the Buffalo Bills this weekend.
New York’s defense has allowed the eighth-fewest yards in the 32-team NFL this season, though only four teams have fewer interceptions. Reed’s 61 interceptions rank 10th in NFL history and are the most among active players.
“He still has that mentality of a ball-hawker,” Bettis said on ESPN. “Rex Ryan, understanding that, is going to put him in situations where he can be successful.”