After two consecutive playoff letdowns, the Houston Texans are looking to add the key components to help them get over the hump in 2013.
One option that appears to be a real possibility is signing veteran safety Ed Reed, who helped the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII only a month and a half ago. The Texans sent a private plane to pick up the veteran ball-hawk on Thursday and are making a huge effort to strike a deal.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Reed is preparing for a move to Houston.
“Ravens S Ed Reed spoke today like a man saying goodbye to Baltimore. Every sign now points to him getting done a deal in Houston on Friday,” Schefter said via Twitter.
This news comes only a day after the Texans watched safety Glover Quin sign with the Detroit Lions. The Texans saw Quin as their top offseason priority, but couldn’t table an offer enticing enough to keep the young safety in Houston.
Despite his standing as an injury-prone 34-year-old, Reed still has enough gas left in the tank to make an impact for a contender like the Texans. He’s a hard-hitting, in-your-face safety who can also be a huge asset in the locker room. His leadership skills, both on and off the field, have been well-documented during his days with the Ravens.
Reed would provide the emotional spark that the Texans defense was lacking at times throughout the 2012 campaign. He’s a seasoned veteran who has been to the top before, and would be a solid stop-gap until the Texans find a long-term solution at free safety.
If “every sign” really is pointed towards Reed joining the Texans, head coach Gary Kubiak and Co. will be smiling from ear to ear very soon.