Things very rarely go as planned in the NFL. For example, the Houston Texans had playoff leadership in mind when they signed Ed Reed this past offseason. The veteran safety had just finished up a Super Bowl run with the Baltimore Ravens and it seemed like a great idea for the Texans to bring him on board to provide the team some veteran leadership.
Reed signed a three-year deal with the Texans, but that was the end of the good news for the long-time safety. Reed had to undergo hip surgery and missed lots of time over the summer and the first two games of 2013. Now as the Texans get set for week 11, Reed is no longer a starter and the team basically has no chance at making the playoffs with a record of 2-7. Clearly, all of the above is frustrating the veteran safety, which became clear when he openly criticized his team after losing in week 10:
“You watching the game and it ain’t (a) no-brainer. Certain situations, it’s like we got to get off the field. We need a three-and-out. But you’ve also got to come on as an offense and move the ball. You can’t go three-and-out and put your defense back on the field that quick. And then that (last scoring drive) that they had, I’m looking at it like guys are a little fatigued. Eventually they’re going to figure out what you’re doing if you’re doing the same old things.”
To me, these are comments from guy who’s days are numbered in Houston. Reed didn’t sign up to be a reserve on a losing team. Yes, he’s under contract for two more years, but he’s only guaranteed $5 million of the total $15 million on his deal. There’s no way the Texans are going to keep a reserve around for two more years and pay him $10 million.
Reed is either going to ask for his release, he’ll get cut or he’ll retire. No matter how it happens, the smart money is that Reed will not be a Texan in 2014.