In a not-so-shocking turn of events, the Houston Texans have released safety Ed Reed after a disappointing first half of his 2013 campaign. Now back on the open market, the veteran could have an opportunity to return home to a Baltimore Ravens team lacking leadership on defense.
Reed, who signed with the Texans this offseason after helping the Ravens win a Super Bowl back in February, hasn’t quite panned out as expected. After missing the first two weeks while dealing with a hip injury, the 9-time Pro Bowler has shown signs of wear and tear. A return to the Ravens in a mentor role, though, could be just what Reed needs.
Throughout the 2013 season, the Baltimore defense has suffered from insufficient veteran leadership. With the loss of Reed and Ray Lewis, the Ravens simply haven’t had a spark to ignite them in big games. The 35-year-old future Hall of Famer would immediately upgrade that department, though.
Assuming Reed passes through waivers, there’s a good chance he could sign with the Ravens.
Not only would Reed be rejoining the team that embraced him for the first 11 seasons of his NFL career, but he’d also have a prominent role in their defense after falling out of favor in Houston. The Ravens have gotten average play from rookie free safety Matt Elam this season, and could use some help at the spot as they attempt to stay alive in the AFC North race. Still battling hip and knee injuries, though, Reed could be limited to a reserve role as his tank begins to run on empty.
If anything, Reed would bring a much-needed veteran presence to the Baltimore defense. With so much young talent on that side of the ball, the addition of the 12th-year safety would certainly help moving forward.
Even if Reed gets claimed or is signed elsewhere, you can bet he’ll rejoin the Ravens at some point in the not-so-distant future. It will be a one-day deal to retire as a Raven, but it’s a signing nonetheless.