COMMENTARY | Ed Reed has without a doubt made his mark on the NFL. He is one of the best defensive players of our generation, and was a staple on the great Baltimore Ravens defenses. Reed and Ray Lewis caused plenty of offenses misery, all the way up until their Super Bowl victory last season.
Following the Super Bowl, Reed signed with the Houston Texans. Much like the team's entire season, things didn't work out. Reed has now been cut, just a few months after he signed with the team for three years. This move comes after the Texans lost to calling out his teammates and coaches following a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Things haven't been going well for the Texans, and cutting Reed is just the icing on the cake.
He's not the player he used to be, but Reed can still contribute at some level. To some teams, his leadership and knowledge of the game might be enough to justify a contract. Would he make sense with the New England Patriots?
Safety Steve Gregory is currently hurt, so the need could be there. The team was looking for a veteran presence at safety, which lead to the signing of Adrian Wilson in the offseason. However, Wilson is out of the picture, as he's been on injured reserve all year. Wilson and Reed are much different players at the safety position; Wilson is more physical, while Reed is more of a playmaker. Reed wouldn't provide the run stopping presence that the team wanted out of Wilson.
If anything, Reed would be brought in as a situational player. He's no longer the type of player that can be thrown into a new system midseason, and he's not a full time safety. Regardless, Reed could be a nice security blanket to a team that is already missing a starting safety in Gregory. If anything where to happen to Devin McCourty, it would be nice to have a player like Reed on the roster. Reed could also bring some on-field leadership to a New England defense that has lost Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork for the rest of the season.
If Reed decides to sign somewhere, it will probably be with a contender. Bill Belichick could squeeze whatever is left out of Reed, who could be a helpful piece for the rest of the season. If he wants to sign a cheap deal, why not consider it?
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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