COMMENTARY | The Houston Texans are releasing future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed. The 35-year-old Reed had recently lost his starting job, and had voiced his displeasure after Sunday's 27-24 loss by Houston to the Arizona Cardinals, saying the Texans had been "outplayed and outcoached."
Reed was a great player at one time. In his 12-year career he has been named to the Pro Bowl nine times and is a five-time All-Pro. He is far removed, however, from being that player.
If Reed had anything left in the tank do you think the Baltimore Ravens, who also watched Ray Lewis retire after winning the Super Bowl last season, would have let him walk away after 11 seasons? The Ravens didn't try all that hard to convince Reed not to take the three-year, $15-million deal the Texans waved in front of him.
With age already slowing him some, Reed underwent offseason hip surgery before the 2013 season. The Texans didn't like what they saw from Reed on the field, removed him from the lineup, and now from the roster. The folks at Battle Red Blog, who cover the Texans for SB Nation, are not arguing with the decision:
"it's hard to argue with the decision. Reed was outplayed by Shiloh Keo (zuh?), demoted to the point that he was barely on the field, and had started to take his frustrations public. It's not like this was going to get better before it got worse, especially for a team that's 2-7."
Reed had a -6.3 grade from the analytical site Pro Football Focus this season, and quarterbacks have a passer rating of 158.3 when targeting him. Two seasons ago those numbers were +15.2 and 41.8, showing how much Reed has regressed as a player.
The Giants have Antrel Rolle and Will Hill starting at safety. Rolle is their defensive leader and Hill, a second-year man, has played like a future star since coming back from a four-game NFL suspension for drug use. They have capable veteran Ryan Mundy and promising rookie Cooper Taylor in reserve.
There is really no place for Reed to play amongst that group. Where the Giants really need help is on special teams , and at 35 that's not something Reed is going to be able to do.
Maybe there is a contending team that thinks Reed might be able to make a few plays for them down the stretch. That team, however, should not be the New York Giants.
-- Ed Valentine covers the Giants for Big Blue View, part of the SB Nation network. Follow him on Twitter @bigblueview.
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