Posted November 14, 2013

Ed Reed signs with New York Jets

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Ed Reed will reunite with Rex Ryan in New York.

Ed Reed will reunite with Rex Ryan in New York. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The New York Jets announced via their Twitter account on Thursday morning that they had agreed to terms with veteran safety Ed Reed. The nine-time Pro Bowler and five-time First Team All-Pro practiced with the team that afternoon and will be active for Sunday’s game against Buffalo.

Reed was released by the Houston Texans on Tuesday, two days after he claimed that his team was “outplayed and outcoached” in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and less than a year after Houston’s attempt to bolster its secondary by signing Reed to a three-year, $14.875 million contract.

The move to the Jets will reunite Reed with Rex Ryan, who was the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive line coach from 1998 through 2004, and the team’s defensive coordinator from ’05 through ’08. Also, Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman served as Baltimore’s secondary coach from 2004 through ’07. Reed, selected in the first round of the Ravens’ 2002 draft out of Miami, was on Ryan’s radar before he even cleared waivers.

“If we did, I keep that conversation private and all that kind of stuff,” Ryan told the media on Wednesday, when asked if he and general manager John Idzik had talked about adding Reed to the roster. “But [it's] part of due diligence, if you’ve coached a player, I’m sure you would want that input. So, did we have it [a conversation about signing Reed]? I think it’s safe to say yes … Look, the way I am, I could say absolutely yes, I would like him on our team. And I’ll say that knowing you guys know me.

”Anybody that I’ve ever coached, that bled for me, I want them.”

The Texans could never find a way to get Reed in the mix. It took longer than expected for Reed to recover from offseason hip surgery, and he played in just seven games for Houston, starting five. Reportedly believing that he had lost his speed, the 2-7 Texans demoted Reed to third safety last week. Reed said that if it helped the team win, he was fine with that, but postgame comments told a different tale.

“I know I’m held to higher standards because of what I’ve done in the past, but that was the past,” he said. “I’m a totally different player now.”

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, who missed the Cardinals game because he was recovering from a TIA (mini-stroke), addressed the Reed issue this week, after he returned to the facility.

“It all gets back to football,” Kubiak said on Wednesday. “Obviously, I know there’s a lot said and this and that. I talked to Ed yesterday. We’re playing young guys and we really like the way D.J. [Swearinger] and Shiloh [Keo are] playing. His role became diminished, especially the last few weeks. In all fairness to him, like I told him, in respect to his career and what he’s done, and for us to be in a situation where we’re playing him 8-10 plays and that was going to continue with the way we’re doing it right now. I thought it was fair to him to give him an opportunity to play somewhere else, whatever he wanted to do. That’s how we came to the conclusion.

“He and I talked about it yesterday and we’ll continue with these young guys. They’ve been doing a good job.”

In his career, the 35-year-old Reed has led the league in interceptions three times (2004, ’08, ’10), and his 61 career picks rank eighth all-time. With the Jets, he’ll be in a rotation of safeties that includes Dawan Landry (another former Raven) and Antonio Allen.

25 comments
hewhofishes
hewhofishes

still love watching Hines Ward on youtube lay him out :) 

nyjets011269
nyjets011269

Reed is like a Peyton Manning on defense.  He knows the system well and will be inspired and motivated to play well.  A great influence on a young Jets secondary.  No one is expecting the Ed Reed of five years ago.

DennyCrane
DennyCrane

Ed Reed is like a drunk staggering from one team to the next. Time to realize the truth - your best days are well behind you.

inthepresent
inthepresent

i'm not a jet fan, but that was a very good pick-up for them. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I hope he does well. Not sure why it didn't work in Houston, but he should be happy to be back with Rex.

suitman36
suitman36

ok...ed reed is, admittedly, past his prime. but, the jets are (surprisingly) in the playoff hunt. to have him on the field, being coached by ryan may not make the jets win the super bowl....but, if the jets agreed to have david garrard onboard to teach geno smith.....why not have reed onboard also to teach the young d/backs the jets have now? i don't see any downside to having reed on the team. 

i think its a good move by the jets.

mikec94
mikec94

1.  Reed can teach and be an on field coach for the young DB's the Jets have and make sure they are in the correct position.  

2.  It blocks NE from getting him (NE was in contention to get him)

3.  He is the best ball hawking safety of all time.  He improves your team just by his presence alone

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

These JETS are in it to win it. Even if its only 5 - 10 plays per game it will make a difference. Strong leadership coming on board.

j7apple
j7apple

There's a reason Houston let him go....

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

AND...the Jets play in Baltimore on the 24th...a must win game for both teams

inthepresent
inthepresent

@DennyCrane 

i would imagine that his mediocre days are still a hell of a lot better than some others' best.

and that's why they signed him - not to mention the intangibles that he will bring to the team.  

Mike26
Mike26

@Rickapolis Reed wanted to be treated like the star he hasn't been for a few years - that, and with his hidden hip issues have zapped him of his quickness and ball-hawking abilities.

He DID, however, manage to earn 2 USC flags on defenseless receivers, though...

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Yes, but maybe not for the reason you seem to be implying. The young guys in Houston have outplayed him, as the coach said, but it doesn't mean he doesn't have any playmaking ability left. It may be primadonna behavior, Father Time, lost skill, or some combination of all those things or it may just be that he is taking longer to recover than they thought. Whatever the case, Houston was in a position where they had quality personnel who could pick up the slack, making Reed expendable. As several posters have said, he can help teach the younger guys on the Jets how to better play the position and he may be able to provide some much-needed leadership.

John Speak
John Speak

Good thing I bought my tickets yesterday :)

Matthew53
Matthew53

@inthepresent @DennyCrane 

sure, that's why Houston worked out so well for him.

 A future hall of famer cut without a second thought halfway through the season. 

CesareDellaTorre
CesareDellaTorre

@j7apple @inthepresent If the Texans don't get the Bengals in the playoffs they don't win a single game in the postseason... why should anyone pay attention to whatever they say?