What to do after you win your first Super Bowl? Split town and sign with another contender in your conference. That’s exactly what Ed Reed has done after helping the Baltimore Ravens to a win in Super Bowl XLVII; the nine-time Pro Bowler and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year has signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Houston Texans.
Houston’s defense went from worst to first after Wade Phillips became the team’s defensive coordinator in 2011, but the Texans are still lacking in some areas on that side of the ball. They boasted the NFL’s seventh-best defense in 2012, but still ranked 16th in passing defense while giving up 225.8 yards per game.
Reed will certainly help to improve that statistic in 2013. He’s arguably the best ball hawk in league history and he’s he active leader in career interceptions with 61, so if there’s anyone who can help the Texans to improve that one area of defensive weakness, it’s him. Reed will be 35 this season, so he still has about three good years, so his deal is perfect for both sides.
Reed was introduced as the newest Texan on Friday morning in what Houston general manager Rick Smith called a celebration. The Texans have been good over the past couple of years, but not great. They now have a new defensive leader with a ring to help them get over the hump.