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Why the Washington Redskins Shouldn’t Sign Ed Reed

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COMMENTARY | In a stunning move, future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed is expected to be released by the Houston Texans.

Despite his Canton-bound credentials, Ed Reed shouldn't even be a blip on the Washington Redskins' radar. Here's why the Redskins shouldn't pursue Ed Reed.

Ed Reed's best days are behind him

Once upon a time, Ed Reed's playmaking prowess made him one of the best safeties to ever play the game. His ball-hawking abilities and nose for the big play on defense established him as a dangerous threat to opposing offenses.

In 2013, Reed's hasn't made too many plays for the Texans' defense. For the first time in his distinguished career, Reed is on pace to finish a season with zero interceptions. As a result of his trademark turnover-producing skills suddenly vanishing, Reed was recently demoted to the bench by the Texans.

A playmaking Ed Reed would have been a great fit for the Redskins' defense. However, as Reed finally faces the twilight of his spectacular career, his diminishing skills wouldn't even provide an advantage to Jim Haslett's much-maligned defense.

The Redskins' defensive problems stem from coaching, not a lack of talent

Speaking of Jim Haslett, despite the presence of talented players such as DeAngelo Hall, Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo, the Redskins have struggled for the majority of 2013. The league's 27th ranked defense in yards relinquished has underperformed as a result of poor coaching, not because of a lack of skill on that side of the football.

Ridding Jim Haslett of his duties as the team's defensive coordinator would play a much bigger role in improving the defense than bringing in Ed Reed possibly could.

Reeling in Reed would just provide the Redskins with another skilled player performing on a defensive unit led by a coach that's failed to maximize the talent he has at his disposal.

Ed Reed probably isn't interested in becoming a Redskin

If Reed plays another down in the NFL in 2013, it will probably take place for a franchise that's firmly established as a favorite to make some noise in the playoffs this year.

A team such as the San Francisco 49ers would make more sense for Reed than coming to Washington where despite playing in the terrible NFC East, they've struggled to a 3-6 record.

If Reed wanted to play for an underachiever, he could have simply stayed in Houston and kept his mouth shut instead of opening it and uttering the recent comments that led to his departure.

So despite Reed's accomplishments during his stellar career, the Redskins should avoid pursuing the recently released veteran safety.

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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who covers the Washington Redskins and the Washington Wizards for Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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