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Houston Texans will release Ed Reed after ‘outcoached’ comments

Eric Edholm
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The Houston Texans no longer had any use for Ed Reed after the benched safety said he didn't like the way they were going about their business.

The team will release Reed, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, after the All Pro safety, who had been benched from the starting lineup, openly questioned the Texans' coaches on Sunday and backed up his statement on Monday.

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Reed signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Texans, viewed as a final piece to the puzzle as the team sought a run at the Super Bowl. But everything has fallen apart: Reed struggled to get healthy to start the season, didn't play well once he was ready, was benched and then said the Texans were "outcoached and outplayed" after playing a mere 12 snaps in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

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Ed Reed (USA TODAY Sports)

On Monday, Reed said he "spoke the truth." He was upset about his benching from a few weeks ago.

It was the Texans' seventh straight loss, which has dealt a serious blow to their playoff chances. Now the Texans have decided to bite the bullet and part ways.

It's possible that Reed could return to the Baltimore Ravens to round out his career, but don't rule out another destination such as the New England Patriots, who could need safety depth if Steve Gregory is out for a while. Bill Belichick long has been an admirer of Reed's play. But if Reed is not done in the NFL, don't rule out the New York Jets and Rex Ryan, his former defensive coordinator, bringing him in for a visit.

Here was Reed's sendoff to the Texans on Twitter:

According to a league source, the Texans are considering replacing Reed on the roster with safety Jawanza Starling, who is on the New York Giants' practice squad.

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