After losing safety Glover Quin in free agency yesterday, the Houston Texans have called upon former Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed to try to fill the hole left in the secondary. It’s a hole that needs to be filled quickly and productively to try to ensure the same issues don’t occur this year as they did last year.
Reed is set to be in Houston on Thursday for a workout and if they are smart, the team will not let him walk away without a contract or at least agreeing to terms. Reed has proven his worth in the NFL over and over, and would be a huge addition for Houston.
In Reeds’ 11-year career, he has made the Pro Bowl nine times, named all-pro eight times, and is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. He holds three NFL records, including most career interception return yards, longest interception return, and is tied with three other players for career postseason interceptions. Of course, he owns a Super Bowl ring as well.
Houston is in major need of a playmaking safety after a disappointing finish last season, and two very embarrassing losses at the hands of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, which were very much due to a lack of playmaking defensive backs.
Houston has also called upon former Green Bay Packer safety/cornerback Charles Woodson to workout for them. The better signing would be Reed. Woodson has been around four years longer than Reed, and Houston will not get as many years out of him as they would Reed. Reed also has six more career interceptions than Woodson, even though he hasn’t played as long and has played in more Pro Bowls.
Either would be a great acquisition for Houston and would make a huge difference right away, but if Houston is smart, they will pass on Woodson and ink a deal with Reed.