The Washington Redskins Should Stay Away from Ed Reed

Aging Safety Would Make a Splash, but Would Have Little Impact on the Field

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COMMENTARY | Whenever any defensive back of note hits the open market, Washington Redskins fans always want to know if he could help the Redskins. With a secondary as bad as the Redskins' has been for two years now, who can blame them?

Now with the news that the Houston Texans have released safety Ed Reed on Tuesday, some fans may begin daydreaming about seeing Reed in the burgundy and gold. With D.C.'s proximity to Baltimore, Redskins fans would be more aware than most as to the type of impact Reed can have.

Bad news Redskins fans: Reed is not the solution to the team's problems and signing him would be a huge mistake.

On the surface, it does seem like this move could make some sense. The Redskins are giving up 274.8 passing yards per game and have been a mess at free safety ever since rookie Bacarri Rambo failed to establish himself as a starter. Reed is a former defensive player of the year and is the active leader in interceptions with 61. He also made the Pro Bowl in each of the last seven seasons.

While Reed would not be an every play type of player, he would establish some depth and stability in a volatile secondary. Having someone like Reed to learn from would definitely benefit Rambo.

In short, what he would bring is a good resume, but that's about it.

There's a reason he was cut by Houston. In seven games, Reed has only 16 tackles and zero passes defended.

After undergoing surgery in the offseason to repair a torn labrum, Reed's age has finally caught up to him. He spent the entire Texans' training camp on the physically unable to perform list and did not make his Texans' debut until Week 3.

Reed was critical of the coaches after Sunday's loss to Arizona and voiced his frustrations to the media saying the Texans were "out-coached." It is possible that Reed's release had more to do with a 2-7 Houston team trying to shed a $15 million disgruntled player rather than a total decline in ability. The reality, however, is that if Reed was still a defensive playmaker he would have been on the field for more than 12 snaps Sunday.

The last thing the Redskins need is another loudmouth safety who can only contribute two tackles a game.

Luckily, the Redskins no longer chase after big names like a moth to a flame and seem to have realized Reed's best days are behind him.

For those asking: #Redskins have no interest in Ed Reed, source says.

- Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) November 12, 2013

It looks like the only reason Reed would be in D.C. is if he's passing through on his way to Baltimore.

JJ Regan is a freelancer at Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and is earning a master's in journalism at American University. Follow him on Twitter @TheDC_Sportsguy

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