Posted November 13, 2013

Ed Reed released by Texans

AFC South, Houston Texans
The Texans were 0-7 with Ed Reed in the lineup this season.

The Texans were 0-7 with Ed Reed in the lineup this season. (Larry French/Getty Images)

After thriving for 11 seasons in Baltimore, Ed Reed lasted just nine games in Houston.

The Texans released the 35-year-old Reed Tuesday afternoon. News of the move was first reported by the Houston Chronicle‘s John McClain. Reed signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the franchise this past offseason. He locked in $6 million on that deal in guaranteed money, only to reveal once he finished the move that he was suffering from a nagging hip injury. Reed then sat out the entire preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season, before making his debut in Week 3 against Baltimore.

In an unfortunate coincidence, the Texans were 0-7 with Reed in the lineup and 2-0 without him.

“Certain situations, we just got outplayed and outcoached,” Reed told ESPN’s Tania Ganguli after Houston’s latest loss, a 27-24 setback in Arizona. “If you’re watching the game, it’s not no-brainers … Eventually, they’re going to figure out what you’re doing if you’re doing the same old things.”

The Ravens let Reed walk in free agency over the summer, despite his contributions to their Super Bowl run. In his stead, they signed Michael Huff (whom they later released) and used their first-round pick on Matt Elam. Elam has taken over as a starter at safety, alongside James Ihedigbo.

Reed, meanwhile, failed to impress in the Houston secondary — that hip injury and his advancing age holding him back. He played a season-low 13 (of 69 possible) snaps in the Texans’ loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Rookie D.J. Swearinger, by comparison, was on the field for all 69 of the Cardinals’ offensive plays.

Since the NFL trade deadline has passed, Reed first must pass through waivers before becoming a free agent. His contract may make that a mere formality.

Once that occurs, Reed will be able to sign with the team of his choosing. His experience may be worthwhile to squads in playoff contention, even if his performance on the field has diminished drastically. The Cowboys, Eagles and Patriots are just a few of the teams in the postseason mix with potential needs at safety.

22 comments
J57
J57

Does that mean that Ed Reed won't retire as a Houston Texan? (extreme sarcasm).

fkriss
fkriss

Don't seem to do very well with free agents.

OwG
OwG

The rare double PWNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

Pats will sign him for league minimum. 

Little
Little

Even though I  never was a Ravens fan, I used to think Reed was a professional. 

You can give him credit for bilking the Texans out of 5 million, but you'd be the same ones giving Goldman Sachs credit for swindling millions out of pension funds. 

 If you know you're injured, at least have the honesty and integrity to come clean.  Reed, despite any talent he may have had before, is just another example of how little character is valued or ascribed to in the US these days.  He saw easy money and did what ever it took to get it, except earn it.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

dude got 5 million to play in 5 games. 

how anyone says "he should have retired"  is beyond me

5 million.....5 games 

check please

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Ozzie Newsome not only knows who to draft. He knows who is done.   

pvs
pvs

Pats will most likely give Reed an offer to play with a playoff team......he retires or plays for a contender.

mgranadosv
mgranadosv

Big fan of Ed Reed; he has been plagued by injuries, though whenever he came back he knew how to make a difference. But honestly, unless he wants to spend the rest of his days limping around he should retire as a Raven. He got his ring, he should have enough money and he could easily land a job in a locker room training defensive backs.

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Nice to see Ed finishing his career by going out sounding like a jacka&&

DavyJones
DavyJones

Bengals should take a shot here. He will be pretty cheap given what the Texans still owe him and they need a guy with his winning pedigree in the locker room. I also have no doubt Mike Zimmer could find ways to make the most of Reed at his age. He is also very familiar with this division.

Jed1
Jed1

Everybody in Baltimore knew Reed was basically done and laughed when Houston signed him to that contract. The Texans are bad with or without him.


Ed should pass waivers, sign a one day contract with the Ravens and retire. 

hr334466
hr334466

@Little you have no idea what you are talking about, just like this reporter.  Do you honestly believe the Texans sign ANYONE with giving them a physical...come on.  This reporter is an idiot, do not believe the biased report he is delivering.

CBone
CBone

@hr334466 @Little True. Anyone who believes that an NFL team would purchase "merchandise", and not know it in and out has allowed "fantasy" to cross over from football, to their own mind.