The New York Jets have reached an agreement with Ed Reed, according to multiple sources. Reed will be reuniting with Jets coach Rex Ryan who served as defensive coordinator of the Ravens from 2002-2008. It was highly speculated that Rex wanted to bring Reed in, and GM John Idzik listened.
In order to make room for Reed, the Jets released linebacker Ricky Sapp.
Reed was released by the Texans on Tuesday after saying the team was “outsmarted and outcoached” following Houston’s 27-24 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. That was the Texans 7th straight loss. Reed only played 12 snaps in the game and was not happy about it.
When Houston signed Reed to a 3-year $15 million dollar deal in the offseason, the acquisition was viewed as putting the Texans over the top. But it wasn’t to be. Houston won its first 2 games, and has since lost 7 straight.
With the Jets, Reed joins an already crowded safety group that includes Dawan Landry, Antonio Allen, and Jaiquawn Jarrett. As a group though, the team’s pass defense ranks 24th in the league giving up 251.4 pass yards per game. The Jets certainly hope Reed can bolster what has been an incosnistent secondary to this point.
It will be interesting to see how Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman use Reed in their packages. Dawan Landry and Reed played alongside eachother with the Ravens for 5 seasons, but Antonio Allen has done a nice job as well.
The one thing though that Reed will bring to the Jets that can’t be ignored is leadership, experience, a winning attitude, and a first ballot Hall of Fame resume.
There’s a good chance Reed will be active when the Jets visit the Bills on Sunday in Buffalo.